How is it to hear that a football club has never won a trophy despite being famous? Are there even famous clubs with no trophies?
Football can be so unpredictable most times that even the unimaginable and unexpected happens, and you can not stop it.
Soccer has an ultimate prize for clubs and this is winning major trophies, but there are certain famous clubs, even in Europe that have never lifted the silverware for once in their entire existence, and unfortunately for some of them that reached a final in a competition, but yet could not grab the trophy.
Moreover, if you are still doubting that there are no famous clubs that have never won a trophy since their existence, I have already compiled a list of these clubs, and it is in this guide.
So, let us quickly deliberate on the famous clubs that never won a trophy.
Famous Clubs That Never Won A Trophy
Since its existence in 1889, Brentford has played most of its home matches at Griffin Park since 1904 and changed its home ground to The Gtech Community Stadium in 2020.
The famous Premier League nicknamed The Bees has never won a major trophy in its history.
In 2021, they won the Championship playoffs and secured a promotion to the English Premier League for the first time since its last appearance in the 1946/47 season.
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2. Inter Miami
Inter Miami is owned by legendary soccer icon David Beckham, and the MLS club was established in 2018.
Despite being in existence since 2018, the club’s approval to join the Major League Soccer (MLS), a top tier of soccer in the United States and Canada was approved in the 2020 season, and this means Inter Miami started playing in the MLS in the 2020 season.
Well, it is not quite surprising that Inter Miami has not won a trophy yet since it is just 5-year-old, but the club has already been regarded as a top competitor in the MLS with the likes of Lionel Messi, Kieran Gibbs, DeAndre Yedlin, Gonzalo Higuain, and Blaise Matuidi being the star players that have played for the MLS side.
3. Union Berlin
Union Berlin is a popular European side with no major trophy attached to its history. The German Bundesliga side Union Berlin has come far from finishing as runners-up in the Bundesliga in 1923 and in the DFB Pokal in 2001.
From 2009 to 2019, they competed in the second tier of German football and made their way to the Bundesliga in 2019 for the first time in their history.
In 2021, the German Bundesliga side qualified for the UEFA Europa Conference League after finishing 7th in the Bundesliga and pushed further to qualify for the UEFA Europa League in 2022.
4. FC Krasnodar
FC Krasnodar is one of the famous Russian professional football clubs located in Krasnodar and currently is a competitor in the Russian Premier League.
FC Krasnodar can be a famous Russian club, but in its history, it has never won a trophy before, talk less of winning a major tournament.
The club was founded in 2008, and in 2009 it was promoted to the Russian First Division, the second-highest division of the Russian football league system.
In 2011, the club gained its first-ever promotion to the Russian Premier League despite finishing 5th in the second division. Unfortunately, Krasnodar reached the Russian Cup final in 2015 and got defeated in a penalty shoot-out by Rostov.
Still, in 2015, the club achieved qualification for the UEFA Europa League for the first time in its history and qualified for the first time since its existence in the UEFA Champions League in 2021.
Sadly, Krasnodar and other Russian clubs including its national team got suspended from all European competitions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
5. Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton & Hove Albion was founded in 1901 and since then it has been nicknamed The Seagulls, The Seagulls have never won a major trophy since their existence as an English side decades ago.
Last season, they managed to reach the FA Cup semis but lost in the penalty shoot-out to Manchester United.
Their most successful period was between 1979 and 1983 when the club played in the First Division and reached the 1983 FA Cup final. Unfortunately, they lost to Manchester United.
Still, in that year, they got relegated from the First Division and in the late 1990s, they were facing a financial crisis.
Dating back to the 2016/17 season, Brighton finished second in the EFL Championships and secured a promotion to the Premier League. Currently, the EPL side is in the Europa League competition.
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6. CD Leganes
Since its existence in 1928, CD Leganes has maintained its 12,454-capacity Estádio Municipal de Butarque as its home. Even with spending the majority of its existence in the lower leagues, it has never won a major title.
In 2014, CD Leganes secured promotion to the Segunda Division after 10 seasons in the 3rd division of Spanish football.
After several years of aiming towards securing a move to the top Spanish flight La Liga, they finally did it in 2016, emerging as the 5th team to play in La Liga, after Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, and Getafe.
CD Leganes tried all it could to maintain in La Liga but was relegated after 4 seasons and recorded its highest position ever in the league by finishing 13th in the 2018/19 season.
7. AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon was founded in the early 2000s by former supporters of Wimbledon FC after it was relocated to Milton Keynes and formally changed its name to MK Dons.
The club holds the record for the longest unbeaten run of league matches in English senior football, having played 78 league games without a defeat between February 2003 and December 2004, this is the massive record held by Wimbledon.
Moreover, for more than 20 years since its existence, AFC Wimbledon has not won a major trophy, but they are the first club formed in the 21st century to hold a massive record.
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Winning a major trophy in football is not considered lucky in any way, so for a team to lift silverware, they have to make quality signings and of course, need to appoint a tactician to manage the club also.
Moreover, it is not quite surprising to me that they are famous clubs that have not lifted the silverware before, and this is because they have not been making quality signings into their team, rather always bringing average and inexperienced players in.