The great football debate over which club has the best fans has now been settled.
Over the course of the last week a European-wide poll – in conjunction with our Eurosport colleagues in France, Spain, Italy and Germany – has seen fans vote for the best supporters in the all the major leagues of Europe.
The reponse was overwhelming: you voted in your thousands – nay, your hundreds of thousands – to leave us with a shortlist of 20 teams for our final phase (the Champions League). Some huge names fell at the first hurdle – including Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG – while some more surprising names kept on going.
Finally, fans voted in extraordinary numbers and a comprehensive champion emerged… Portugal’s SPORTING CP, or as the club is more commonly around the world, Sporting Lisbon.
It was a staggering result with Sporting racking up over 200,000 votes from their committed and enthusiastic fans as polling closed at midnight on Sunday 14th February.
Second came Spartak Moscow with a mightily-impressive 50,000 votes, while Benfica were third with 47,000. Saint-Etienne were fourth with 37,000, and Olympiacos rounded out the top five with 32,000.
Thanks to all of you who participated in the poll! Below are the results in full: