Who are the emerging top tier football teams: A global review

The Emerging Top Tier Teams in Global Football

As the dust settles after another thrilling season of football across the globe, it's time to turn our eyes towards the emerging top tier teams in the world's most popular sport. This article aims to identify the lesser-known teams on their way towards establishing themselves among the global football elites.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Next Big Thing in England

In England, Leicester City's fairytale Premier League win in 2016 is a classic example of an emerging top-tier team. However, recent performances suggest that Wolverhampton Wanderers could be the next big thing. Promoted to the Premier League in 2018, Wolves have proved more than capable of mixing it up with England's elite. They secured seven victories against the 'big six' in 2019/20, finishing seventh for the second year in a row.

Real Sociedad: A Resurgence in Spain

In Spain, Real Sociedad witnessed a startling resurgence in the 2019/20 season. Led by former Real Madrid player, Martin Ødegaard, Sociedad achieved 6th position in LaLiga, securing a spot in the Europa League. They are shaping up to be a dominant presence in Spanish football.

Atalanta: A Breath of Fresh Air in Italy

Italy's Serie A league is traditionally dominated by powerhouses Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan. Yet Atalanta, a club with a modest budget and an unglamorous history, has been a breath of fresh air. Their third-place finish in the 2019/20 season, along with an impressive Champions League run, has positioned them as a rising force in Italian, and indeed European, football.

RB Leipzig: Rapid Ascent in Germany

Germany’s RB Leipzig, founded only in 2009, has rapidly ascended the ranks of German and European football. Securing third place in the Bundesliga and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in the 2019/20 season, this team has showcased both talent and ambition.

Lille OSC: Emerging Powerhouse in France

France showcases Lille OSC as an emerging powerhouse. After a decade of financial instability and underperformance, they've seen significant growth in recent years, culminating in their Ligue 1 title win in 2020/21, breaking Paris Saint-Germain's dominance.

Atlanta United: New Heavyweight in Major League Soccer

Outside Europe, Major League Soccer in the United States has a new heavyweight in Atlanta United. Founded in 2017, they won the MLS Cup in just their second season (2018), a remarkable achievement demonstrating the franchise's ambition.

Flamengo: Dominant Force in South America

In South America, Brazil's Flamengo has emerged as a dominant force. Though already rattling cages, their recent Copa Libertadores triumph and narrow defeat to Liverpool in the FIFA Club World Cup has put them squarely on the global radar.

Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao: Rising to Prominence in Asia

In Asia, China’s Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao has risen to incredible prominence, accumulating eight Chinese Super League titles and two AFC Champions League trophies in the last decade. Japan's Yokohama F. Marinos have also emerged as strong contenders, winning the J1 League title in 2019 under the management of former Australia boss Ange Postecoglou.

Wydad Casablanca: A Resurgence in Africa

In Africa, Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca has shown promise. Though steeped in history, they are currently experiencing a resurgence, including a CAF Champions League title in 2017 and three Botola Pro League titles in the past five seasons.

Sydney FC: Undeniable Powerhouse in Australia

Australia's A-League showcases Sydney FC as an undeniable powerhouse. After clinching their fourth title in the past six years, they stand tall among the existing giants.

The fascinating world of football never ceases to amaze its followers with continuous evolution. While the traditional giants of football will always captivate and command respect, the emergence of these aforementioned teams is a refreshing change. Their dedication, tactical acumen, and investment in youth development have managed to challenge the prevailing hierarchy, redefining the landscape of global football. The forthcoming football season will certainly hinge on whether these teams continue their upward mobility and potentially rewrite the narrative of football's elite.