Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2016. Barcelona won La Liga. Bayern Munich and Juventus continued their dominance in Germany and Italy. And yet, none of those teams were among the most-searched soccer teams in the U.S. this year, according to Google trends. But these 10 were.
Roma still can’t figure out a way to challenge Juventus in Italy, though captain Francesco Totti is still doing Totti things at age 40. So why all the American interest? USMNT captain Michael Bradley has continuously been linked with a transfer to Roma, who are under American ownership.
Monterrey lost to Pachuca in the Clausura final in May after finishing top of La Liga during the regular season. It’s the most noise the have made since winning three straight CONCACAF Champions League titles from 2011 to 2013.
This one’s a bit of a head-scratcher. Everton aren’t one of the more popular Premier League teams among Americans, but U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard did end a long spell with the Toffees this summer with his move back to MLS.
One of Mexico’s most popular teams has had a rough 2016, failing to reach the playoffs in back-to-back tournaments. But they’re still drawing plenty of interest stateside however, which is good for them.
Sevilla beat Liverpool in the Europa League final this year for the first title three-peat in the history of the competition. They won’t make it four in 2017, having finally advanced out of the Champions League group stage.
Germany’s second biggest club drew a ton of interest stateside this year after the emergence of a young American teenager named Christian Pulisic. You may have heard of him.
Most Americans had never even heard of Leicester until the Foxes came literally out of nowhere to capture the most stunning championship not only in Premier League history, but perhaps in all of sports, period. Yeah, that’ll get you on this list.
Chivas had fallen on some difficult times in recent years, but they remain Mexico’s most popular club and got back into the playoffs for both last seasons’ Clausura and this year’s Apertura.
Only Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea are more popular in the U.S. than Liverpool, who are run by the same ownership group as the Boston Red Sox and also have LeBron James as a minority owner. Jurgen Klopp has turned the Reds into one of the most entertaining teams in England again, reaching both the Europa League and League Cup finals in his first season in 2016.
That’s right: Spurs were the soccer team that led Google search trends in the United States this year! Tottenham celebrated their best season in decades in 2016, challenging Leicester for the Premier League title until the final few weeks. And they’re set up for a bright future as well, with stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli signing contract extensions and a brand new stadium coming in 2018.