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Which Are The Biggest Football Clubs In Eastern Europe?


Using league attendance figures gathered from the excellent European Football Statistics website we have put together this list of former-communist bloc football clubs that boasted an average of over 10,000 spectators from league matches.

Data refers to domestic league matches only - 2007/08.

Whether these clubs will be able to maintain such levels of support now the
economic crisis is engulfing the whole region is open to debate. On the one
hand, supporting a football club and attending a match may be one of the few
areas of discretionary spending that will remain popular in hard times - where
better to vent your frustrations as you watch your swiss-franc denominated
mortgage go down the pan? On the other, whilst many football clubs in Eastern
Europe have worked hard to recreate themselves in the image of successful
western clubs, with marketing departments and merchandising initiatives (e.g.
Krylia Sovetov have teamed up with Italian giants Internazionale), many are
still reliant upon a single owner for subsidy, are carrying worrying levels of
debt, or have opaque governance structures - all of which may come under strain
in the new economic reality.


Stats Table: 
CountryClubAverage Attendance
RussiaPFC Krylia Sovetov21,700
RussiaSpartak Moscow21,413
RussiaFK Zenit St. Petersburg20,578
UkraineShakhtar Donetsk19,745
RussiaFK Rubin Kazan18,434
PolandLech Poznan18,010
RussiaFK Amkar Perm16,494
RussiaCSKA Moscow15,110
PolandWisla Krakow14,965
RussiaLokomotiv Moscow14,108
RussiaDinamo Moscow13,067
PolandGornik Zabrze13,062
RussiaFK Tom Tomsk12,820
UkraineFK Zorya Lugansk12,536
UkraineMetalist Kharkiv 12,120
RomaniaSC Politehnica AEK Timisoara12,118
RomaniaSteaua Bucharest11,764
CzechBanik Ostrava11,022


Red Star Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda) has 20,000 in Serbian Superliga!    :-)

And Red Star is former Europe and world champion in 1991!