Star (football badge)
In football, some national and club sides include one or more stars as part of (or beside) the badge (often referred to as a "crest") appearing on their shirt, to represent important trophies the team has previously won. Often this is a unilateral decision by a team itself, rather than a specific privilege earned or sanctioned by any governing body and as such, the relevance of these stars on a club's shirt is somewhat tenuous.
The first team in association football history to adopt a star was Juventus, who added one above their badge in 1958 to represent their tenth Italian Football Championship and Serie A title, at the time, the new national record. This was an extension of the existing convention by which the reigning champions are entitled to display the scudetto on their shirts for the following season. The star was later formally adopted by some organisations as a symbol for ten titles, and the ratio of one star for ten titles has become the "most common" arrangement.
Juventus unofficially won their 30th league title in 2011–12, but a dispute with the Italian Football Federation, who stripped Juventus of their 2004–05 and 2005–06 titles due to their involvement in a 2006 Italian football scandal, left their official total at 28. However, they elected to wear no stars at all the following season. Juventus won their 30th title in 2013–14 and thus earned the right to wear their third star, however, club president Andrea Agnelli stated that the club suspended the use of the stars until another team wins their 20th championship, thus having the right to wear two stars, "to emphasise Juventus' superiority". However, for the 2015–16 season, Juventus reintroduced the stars and added the third star to their jersey as well with new kit manufacturers Adidas.
In Scotland, Rangers displayed five stars above the badge on their shirts in 2003 to symbolise their 50 league titles. Celtic have one star above their badge to represent their triumph in the 1967 European Cup. Aberdeen displayed two stars to commemorate their 1980s wins in the European Cup Winners' Cup and European Super Cup.
Football in Germany has two official star systems operating in parallel. In 2004, the DFL, which governs the Bundesliga (the top two divisions), introduced Verdiente Meistervereine (roughly "distinguished champion clubs"). This has a sliding scale of 1, 2, 3, and 4 stars for 3, 5, 10, and 20 titles. It includes only Bundesliga titles, excluding titles from before the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963, and from the former East German League. Dynamo Berlin (playing in the fourth level) unilaterally began wearing three unapproved stars for its East German titles. In November 2005, the DFB, which governs non-Bundesliga football, allowed former champions playing outside the Bundesliga to display a single star inscribed with the number of titles. In 2007, Dynamo Berlin switched to a single approved star inscribed with the number 10. Greuther Fürth retains three silver stars on its club badge, but not on its shirts.
Major League Soccer's previously informal system, one star per MLS Cup title, was standardised in 2006, with the defending champions wearing the MLS Scudetto, like the Serie A system, for one season before adding a new star. Starting in 2012, the Scudetto was replaced with a single gold star worn by reigning champions above any other silver championship stars. In 2016, this system changed again in recognition of the LA Galaxy's fifth championship title: champion clubs during their title defence will wear a large gold star (featuring the year of the league win) above other smaller stars set in silver; clubs with five championships (presently only the Galaxy) will wear one gold star; and teams with one-to-four MLS Cup wins will wear one silver star for each victory. In Australia, they also use a system based around different coloured stars for different trophy wins: Australian winners of the AFC Champions League will wear a gold star inscribed with the number of wins, while A-League and W-League victory is recognised with a silver star similarly embossed; reigning league or FFA Cup champions will also wear a gold competition emblem in the season following the championship.
In Norway a team will display a star for every 10 titles in Tippeligaen. Rosenborg is the only team with more than 10 titles. Since 2006, all Swedish football clubs that have won ten or more Swedish championships have added a star above their badge. Malmö FF added a second star following its 20th championship title win in 2017. The same system has applied in the Dutch Eredivisie from the 2007–08 season onwards. This innovation was suggested by PSV, after the club won its twentieth title in 2007. Ajax currently have the right to wear three stars since they have won the league more than 30 times. PSV have the right to wear two stars with their 21 league titles, while Feyenoord and HVV Den Haag can add one for their 15 and 10 titles, respectively. HVV won all titles before 1915 and is currently playing in the fourth level of the Dutch league system. In Malta, Floriana, Valletta and Sliema Wanderers boast 2 Golden Stars on their badges having won 25, 20 and 26 titles, respectively, while Hibernians have one star thanks to their 10 titles. No other team in the Maltese League has the golden star on their badge.
Occasionally, stars are added to badges of successor or phoenix clubs for the achievements of defunct predecessors. An example of this is the Tampa Bay Rowdies. They added a star to represent the Soccer Bowl, the championship of the original NASL, won by the original Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1975. The club has since added a second star, after the new club won the 2012 edition of the resurrected Soccer Bowl in the new NASL. This approach is atypical: neither the Montreal Impact nor the Seattle Sounders FC franchises retained the stars worn by the old clubs when they joined the MLS.[nb 1] In the case of the Impact, the new team paid tribute to the former team's first title through the stripes on their badge.
As well as predecessor clubs, victories in the national leagues of defunct countries have also been represented by stars. FC Dynamo Kyiv have two stars, commemorating championships won in the Soviet and Ukrainian football league systems. The same is true of Belgrade clubs Partizan and Red Star who have won titles in Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro and present-day Serbia, while Spartak Moscow's stars refer to their Soviet Top League and Russian Football Premier League achievements.
The star has given rise to a byword to winning trophies. Examples of this include when Fawaz Al-Hasawi, owner of Nottingham Forest, was quoted as saying "maybe [Nottingham Forest] will have a third star", and France international Paul Pogba's comments in the days before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final: "Croatia do not have stars – they want one. They have done very well and they want the victory, like us. But I do not have a star. It’s on the shirt, but I did not win it. We want to go looking for it like all players."
Brazil had two stars above their badge in 1968. It was used briefly (friendly matches only) and then removed. After winning their third World Cup in 1970, three stars were officially added and Italy did likewise in 1982. Germany added three in 1996, one in each of the German flag's colours. All world champions have since followed suit. Brazil, Italy, and Germany have since added more stars, after they won later tournaments (cf. 1994, 2002, 2006, 2014), while France are the most recent nation to add a star, commemorating their 2018 triumph less than an hour after victory in the Final.
Uruguay display four stars, regarding their triumphs in the 1924 and 1928 Olympics as equivalent to their later World Cup wins, as there was no World Cup at the time. Eurosport claim that FIFA only recognises the two World Cup wins, while the Daily Mail state that "when FIFA revised its constitution in 1950, they formally recognised that Uruguay were four-time world champions".
In the equipment regulations for FIFA competitions, section 16.1 states, "Those Member Associations that have won one or more of the previous editions of the FIFA World Cup or the FIFA Women's World Cup may display on the Playing Equipment used by their first men's or women's representative teams a five-pointed star, or other symbol as instructed by FIFA, per edition of the FIFA World Cup (men's shirt) or FIFA Women's World Cup (women's shirt) won by the Member Association." The form of symbol is now specified, the accompanying illustrative example depicts a gold star.
Ad hoc adoptions
More recently, club teams have added stars either upon winning a landmark trophy, or in response to a rival team's having added stars. In the Romanian first league, Steaua uses 2 stars above their badge since they won their 20th title. Since then Dinamo added a star for the 18 championships they won. Manchester United sported a star in their UEFA Champions League matches on their special European home kit between 1997 and 1999. To celebrate their second victory that year, they added an extra star to that kit for the 1999–00 season. Liverpool likewise wore four stars in 2001–02, their first campaign in the competition since the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985. They wore five stars in the competition in 2005–06 after their fifth victory. Instead of stars, UEFA introduced a multiple winner badge in 2000–01 season, currently worn by five teams who have won the Champions League either five times or more in total, or three times in a row.
Occasionally, stars are temporarily added for one season, usually to commemorative kits to celebrate the anniversary of a particular event in the club's history. Burnley sported two stars on their 2006–07 shirt, for the club's 125th anniversary, to celebrate their two league titles in 1921 and 1960. Likewise Bury in 2009–10, also for their 125th anniversary, commemorating their 1900 and 1903 FA Cup triumphs; Bury have since revived the stars, from 2011–12, after a season's absence. Commemorating anniversaries in this way is not confined to English clubs: Peruvian side Universitario celebrated their 90th anniversary by adding 26 stars to their kits worn home and away. This is not a practice limited to clubs, as in 2004, Denmark wore a star on their shirts specially for Euro 2004, to commemorate their victory in the competition in 1992.
In women's football, the emerging ad hoc standard is to wear stars on the sleeve instead of above the badge. Two of the four teams that have won the FIFA Women's World Cup to date — Norway and Germany — use this practice, as did three-time Women's World Cup winners, the USA, until moving the stars to the back collar in 2007. The United States has returned its two stars to above the badge on their new uniforms for the 2011 Women's World Cup, and have added a third since their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup championship.
The practice of using stars to signify major titles has spread to other football codes, and to unrelated sports. For example, in 2009, Meath senior Gaelic football team began wearing seven stars on their jerseys, signifying their seven All-Ireland Senior Football Championships. In rugby union, Toulon added a star above its badge after winning the Heineken Cup in 2013, added a second star immediately after winning the same competition in 2014 and a third after winning the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup in 2015; English rugby union side Sale Sharks wear a gold star in tribute to their sole Premiership title. In basketball, the men's team of Indiana University Bloomington added five stars to its shorts, representing its five NCAA championships, for the 2015 NCAA tournament, and made the stars at that location a permanent fixture for the 2015–16 season.
Excluding the temporary stars, the following teams have chosen to add stars to their shirts:
|Brazil||World Cup||1958||5||Third win was in 1970; fourth and fifth stars added after 1994 and 2002 wins. Briefly wore 2 stars on a tour of Europe in 1968.|
|Italy||World Cup||1934||4||Added after third win; fourth star added after the 2006 win. Incorporated into the badge from 2005 to 2017.|
|Germany||World Cup||1954||4||Stars first added during Euro 1996 qualification, representing wins in 1954, 1974 and 1990 (as "West Germany"). Worn above the badge. Fourth win was in 2014.|
|Uruguay||World Cup and Olympics||1930||4 (2+2)||Represent 2 World Cups (1930 & 1950) and 2 Olympic football titles (1924 & 1928).|
|Argentina||World Cup||1978||2||Titles won in 1978 and 1986. The stars were added in 2004.|
|France||World Cup||1998||2||Titles won in 1998 and 2018. The stars that were added above their badge were unveiled at their opening qualifying game for Euro 2000.|
|England||World Cup||1966||1||Title won in 1966. Star added in 2003 after a campaign on Sky Sports' Soccer AM programme, first worn on the sleeve.|
|Spain||World Cup||2010||1||Title won in 2010. Spain played in their away kit for the final, but upon winning the World Cup they changed into their home kit, complete with a star above the badge, for the presentation ceremony.|
|Egypt||Africa Cup of Nations||1986||7||Fifth star added after the 2006 African Cup victory. A sixth is due for the 2008 African Cup victory. A seventh is due for the 2010 African Cup victory|
|Cameroon||Africa Cup of Nations||2008||5||1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 A fifth is due for the 2017 tournament victory.|
|Ghana||Africa Cup of Nations||2008||4||1963, 1965, 1978, Fourth win was in 1982.|
|Nigeria||African cup of nations||2013||3||1980, 1994, Third win was in 2013.|
|Japan||Asian Cup||2011||4||1992, 2000, 2004, Fourth win was in 2011. For commemorative jerseys only.|
|DR Congo||Africa Cup of Nations||2002||2||1968, Second win was in 1974|
|Tunisia||Africa Cup of Nations||2004||1||Title won in 2004.|
|Ivory Coast||Africa Cup of Nations||1992||2||Title won in 1992. Second title in 2015.|
|Zambia||Africa Cup of Nations||2012||1||Title won in 2012. To be worn from 2012 onwards.|
|Algeria||Africa Cup of Nations||1990||1||Title won in 1990.|
|United States||Women's World Cup||1991||3||Worn on the chest, worn on the back collar between 2007 and 2011 and until early 2007 worn on the sleeve. Second star added 1999. Third star added 2015.|
|Germany||Women's World Cup||2003||2||Until 2003 the three stars of the men's team had been worn. Second star added for their 2007 victory.|
|Norway||Women's World Cup||1995||1||Worn on the chest, Worn on the sleeve until 2015.|
|Japan||Women's World Cup||2011||1|
Note: Some women teams, like Uruguay or Brazil, wear the men's stars on their jersey.
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Australia||AFC Champions League||1||Gold star for winning the 2014 AFC Champions League, introduced in 2015.|
|Melbourne Victory||Australia||A-League||1||Silver star for winning the A-League|
|Brisbane Roar||Australia||A-League||1||Silver star (inscribed with the number 3) for winning the A-League thrice, star added in 2015.|
|Sydney FC||Australia||A-League||1||Silver star (inscribed with the number 4) for winning the A-League four times, star added in 2015 and updated in 2019.|
|Central Coast Mariners||Australia||A-League||1||Silver star for winning the A-League|
|Newcastle Jets||Australia||A-League||1||Silver star for winning the A-League|
|Adelaide United||Australia||A-League||1||Silver star for winning the A-League|
|Wollongong Wolves||Australia||National Soccer League, New South Wales state champions||4||Two gold stars for NSL victories in 2000 and 2001 and two silver stars for state-level titles in 1987 and 2008.|
|Shandong Luneng||China PR||Chinese Jia-A League, Chinese Super League||4||One title per star.|
|Guangzhou Evergrande||China PR||Chinese Super League, AFC Champions League||2||One star each for AFC Champions League and Chinese Super League. Stars for the respective number of wins (2 for ACL, 7 for CSL) on sleeves.|
|Shenzhen Ruby||China PR||Chinese Super League||1||One title per star.|
|Changchun Yatai||China PR||Chinese Super League||1||One title per star.|
|Beijing Guoan||China PR||Chinese Super League||1||One title per star.|
|Shanghai Shenhua||China PR||Chinese Jia-A League||1||One title per star.|
|Shanghai SIPG F.C.||China PR||Chinese Super League||1||One title per star.|
|Mohun Bagan||India||National Football League and I-League||4||Three National Football League titles and one I-League title.|
|Persib Bandung||Indonesia||Liga Indonesia Premier Division and Indonesia Super League||2||One Indonesian Premier Division title and one Indonesia Super League title.|
|Persija Jakarta||Indonesia||Perserikatan and Liga Indonesia Premier Division||1||Nine Perserikatan titles and one Premier Division title in 2001.|
|Persipura Jayapura||Indonesia||Liga Indonesia Premier Division and Indonesia Super League||4||One Indonesian Premier Division title and three Indonesia Super League titles.|
|Semen Padang F.C.||Indonesia||Indonesia Premier League||1||One Indonesia Premier League title in 2011-12 season.|
|Persepolis F.C.||Iran||Iranian Football League||1||For their record 10 championship titles in Iranian Football League.|
|Esteghlal F.C.||Iran||Asian Club Championship||2||For their Asian Club Championship triumph.|
|PAS Hamedan F.C.||Iran||Asian Club Championship||1||For their Asian Club Championship triumph.|
|Damash Tehran F.C.||Iran||Tehran Province League||1||For their Tehran Province League triumph.|
|Al-Shorta||Iraq||Asian Club Championship, Arab Club Champions Cup||2||One star for the 1971 Asian Club Championship where the club reached the final and refused to play against an Israeli team in protest at the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and one star for the 1981–82 Arab Club Champions Cup victory.|
|Gamba Osaka||Japan||AFC Champions League, J1 League, Emperor's Cup, J. League Cup||9||A star for each major title. The star for their sole AFC Champions League title is larger than the others.|
|Kashima Antlers||Japan||J1 League, J. League Cup, Emperor's Cup, AFC Champions League||2||A star per 10 major titles.|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Japan||J1 League, AFC Champions League||3||A large star per ACL titles, a small star per J1 League title.|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Japan||J1 League||2||A star per J1 League title.|
|Nagoya Grampus||Japan||J1 League, Emperor's Cup||3||A star per major title.|
|Shonan Bellmare||Japan||J. League Cup, Asian Cup Winners' Cup, Emperor's Cup||3||A star per title.|
|Kashiwa Reysol||Japan||J1 League, J. League Cup, Emperor's Cup||4||A star per major title.|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Japan||J1 League||3||A star per J1 League title.|
|Tokyo Verdy||Japan||J1 League||2||A star per J1 League title.|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Japan||J1 League||3||A star per J1 League title.|
|Júbilo Iwata||Japan||J1 League||3||A star per J1 League title.|
|Cerezo Osaka||Japan||J. League Cup, Emperor's Cup||2||A star per major title.|
|Oita Trinita||Japan||J. League Cup||1||A star per J. League Cup title.|
|JEF United Chiba||Japan||J. League Cup||2||A star per J. League Cup title.|
|Kyoto Sanga FC||Japan||Emperor's Cup||1||A star per Emperor's Cup title.|
|Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma||Korea Republic||K League Classic||7||One title per star. Six stars introduced in 2003; seventh star worn since 2007.|
|Busan IPark||Korea Republic||K League Classic||4||One title per star. Four stars worn since 2010.|
|Pohang Steelers||Korea Republic||K League Classic||5||One title per star.|
|Suwon Samsung Bluewings||Korea Republic||K League Classic||4||One title per star. Three stars introduced initially in 2005; fourth star added in 2009.|
|Ulsan Hyundai||Korea Republic||K League Classic||2||One title per star. Stars added in 1998.|
|Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||Korea Republic||K League Classic||4||One title per star.|
|Ulsan Hyundai Mipo Dolphin||Korea Republic||Korea National League||3||One title per star.|
|Goyang KB||Korea Republic||Korea National League||3||One title per star.|
|Gangneung City||Korea Republic||Korea National League||1||One title per star.|
|Suwon City||Korea Republic||Korea National League||1||One title per star. Began wearing star in 2011.|
|Incheon Korail||Korea Republic||Korea National League||1||One title per star. Star worn since 2011.|
|Gyeongju Citizen||Korea Republic||K3 League||2||One title per star.|
|Seoul United||Korea Republic||K3 League||1||One title per star.|
|Yangju Citizen||Korea Republic||K3 League||1||One title per star.|
|FC Pocheon||Korea Republic||K3 League||1||One title per star.|
|Al Ansar FC||Lebanon||Lebanese Football League||1||Represents 10 titles.|
|Kelantan FA||Malaysia||Malaysian Super League||2||One title per star. Kelantan FA had won the MSL in 2011 & 2012.|
|Al-Sadd SC||Qatar||AFC Champions League||2||A star for each AFC Champions League triumph.|
|Al-Ain FC||UAE||UAE Pro-League||1||For their 10 championship titles in UAE League. Star worn since 2012.|
|Sharjah FC||UAE||UAE Pro-League||1||For their 5 championship titles in UAE League.|
|FC Pakhtakor||Uzbekistan||Uzbekistan League||2||Two stars for 10 championship in Uzbekistan League|
|FC Bunyodkor||Uzbekistan||Uzbekistan League||1||One star for 5 championship in Uzbekistan League|
|FC Neftchi Fergana||Uzbekistan||Uzbekistan League||1||One star for 5 championship in Uzbekistan League|
- The CAF Champions League was known as the African Cup of Champions Clubs prior to 1997.
|Montreal Impact||Canada||USL First Division, A-League, American Professional Soccer League||3||Each star represents a league championship from 1994, 2004 and 2009. 2 stars were worn after the second league title in 2004 and a third star was added after their third title in 2009. The stars were removed when they joined Major League Soccer for the 2012 season; the four stars on the 2012 Impact logo do not represent championships, but instead the four founding communities of Montreal represented on the city's coat of arms.|
|Toronto FC||Canada||MLS Cup||1||Title won in 2017|
|Vancouver Whitecaps||Canada||USL First Division, North American Soccer League||3||2 stars are worn for their 2 championships in the USL First Division (2006, 2008) and one for the Vancouver Whitecaps (NASL) win in the Soccer Bowl of 1979. The stars were removed when they joined Major League Soccer for the 2011 season.|
|Herediano||Costa Rica||Costa Rican league||27||One star per national league title.|
|Saprissa||Costa Rica||Costa Rican league||2||Costa Rican most recent champions wear one star for every consecutive national league championship.|
|Jong Colombia||Curaçao||CONCACAF Champions' Cup (Caribbean Zone) and Sekshon Pagá.||3 (2+1)||Two CONCACAF Champions League (Caribbean Zone) titles (1967 and 1979) and one for at least ten league titles.|
|Atlético Pantoja||Dominican Republic||Liga Mayor||3||Each national title won.|
|Firpo||El Salvador||La Primera||9||Each national title won.|
|Racing CH||Haiti||CONCACAF Champions League||1||One CONCACAF Champions League title (in 1963)|
|Guadalajara||Mexico||Mexican First Division||12||One star per title.|
|Pachuca||Mexico||Mexican First Division, CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Sudamericana||12 (6+6)||One star per league title. 6 gold stars for continental trophies: 5 for CONCACAF Champions League titles, and a star for its Copa Sudamericana title.|
|Toluca||Mexico||Mexican First Division||10||One star per title.|
|Cruz Azul||Mexico||Mexican First Division||8||One star per title, incorporated into the crest.|
|León||Mexico||Mexican First Division||7||One star per title.|
|Monterrey||Mexico||Mexican First Division + CONCACAF Champions League||7 (4+3)||One star per league title. 3 gold stars for CONCACAF Champions League titles.|
|Tigres UANL||Mexico||Mexican First Division||6||One star per league title.|
|Santos Laguna||Mexico||Mexican First Division||6||One star per title.|
|Atlante||Mexico||Mexican First Division||3||One star per title.|
|Necaxa||Mexico||Mexican First Division||3||One star per title.|
|Puebla||Mexico||Mexican First Division and Mexican Cup||7 (2+5)||2 gold stars incorporated into crest for league titles. 5 blue stars outside for cup titles.|
|Veracruz||Mexico||Mexican First Division||2||Titles won in 1946 and 1950.|
|Atlas||Mexico||Mexican First Division||1||Title won in 1951.|
|Morelia||Mexico||Mexican First Division||1||Title won in Invierno 2000.|
|Tecos||Mexico||Mexican First Division||1||Title won in 1994.|
|Tijuana||Mexico||Mexican First Division||1||Title won in 2012.|
|Murciélagos||Mexico||Mexican Third Division||1||Title won in 2012.|
|Celaya||Mexico||Mexican Division Promotion||2||One star per division promotion.|
|Real Estelí||Nicaragua||Nicaraguan Primera División||2||First two national championships won by the club (in 1991 and 1999).|
|Tauro F.C.||Panama||Liga Panameña de Fútbol||1||Represents 10 titles.|
|Puerto Rico Islanders||Puerto Rico||CFU Club Championship||2||One title per star.|
|S.V. Transvaal||Suriname||CONCACAF Champions League and SVB Topklasse.||3 (2+1)||Two CONCACAF Champions League titles and one for at least ten league titles.|
|Defence Force F.C.||Trinidad and Tobago||CONCACAF Champions League, CFU Club Championship and TT Pro League.||4 (2+1+1)||Two CONCACAF Champions League titles, One CFU Club Championship and one for at least ten league titles.|
|LA Galaxy||United States||MLS Cup||1||One single gold star to symbolize their five MLS Cup titles.|
|D.C. United||United States||MLS Cup||4||Titles won in 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2004.|
|Houston Dynamo||United States||MLS Cup||2||Titles won in 2006 and 2007.|
|San Jose Earthquakes||United States||MLS Cup||2||Titles won in 2001 and 2003[nb 2]|
|Sporting Kansas City||United States||MLS Cup||2||Titles won in 2000 (as Kansas City Wizards) and 2013 (as Sporting Kansas City)|
|Chicago Fire||United States||MLS Cup||1||Title won in 1998.|
|Columbus Crew||United States||MLS Cup||1||Title won in 2008.|
|Real Salt Lake||United States||MLS Cup||1||Title won in 2009.|
|Colorado Rapids||United States||MLS Cup||1||Title won in 2010.|
|Portland Timbers||United States||MLS Cup||1||Title won in 2015, star to feature on 2016 change jersey.|
|Atlanta United FC||United States||MLS Cup||1||Title won in 2018.|
|Louisville City FC||United States||USL Cup||2||Representing the back-to-back USL Cup Championships won in 2017 and 2018.|
|Seattle Sounders||United States||A-League, USL First Division||4||Two of each title achieved: A-League titles in 1995 and 1996, USL-1 champions in 2005 and 2007.|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||United States||North American Soccer League championships||2||The team, which began play in 2010 as FC Tampa Bay in the D2 Pro League and now plays in the current North American Soccer League (NASL), added the first star to represent the Soccer Bowl, the championship of the original NASL, won by the original Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1975. A second star was added after the new club won Soccer Bowl 2012.|
|Minnesota United FC||United States||North American Soccer League championship||1||Title won in 2011.|
|Rochester Rhinos||United States||A-League, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup||4||Four titles won in four seasons: their first championship was the A-League in 1998; victory in the 1999 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup followed before the Rhinos picked up successive A-League titles in 2000 and 2001. Four stars were added in 2013.|
|San Antonio Scorpions FC||United States||North American Soccer League championship||1||Title won in 2014, star added shortly afterwards.|
|Cleveland City Stars||United States||USL Second Division championship||1||Cleveland won the 2008 USL Second Division championship and moved into the USL First Division for 2009, along with the Austin Aztex, to replace the departed Seattle Sounders and Atlanta Silverbacks. The team folded after the 2009 season.|
|Tulsa Roughnecks FC||United States||North American Soccer League championship||1||The team, which began play in 2015 in the rebranded United Soccer League, added a star to the back of their inaugural kit to represent the original Tulsa Roughnecks' sole Soccer Bowl success, when victory in Soccer Bowl '83 resulted in them being crowned NASL champions.|
|Akron Zips||United States||NCAA Division I||1||Represents 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship.|
|Northern Kentucky Norse||United States||NCAA Division II||1||Represents club's 2010 NCAA Division II national championship. The team retained its star even after moving to Division I in 2012.|
|AFC Cleveland||United States||National Premier Soccer League championship||1||Title won in 2016.|
|Vélez Sársfield||Argentina||Argentine League, Copa Libertadores, and Intercontinental Cup||11 (1+10)||Gold star for 1994 Intercontinental Cup over 10 blue stars for 6 Argentine and 4 international titles.|
|Estudiantes de La Plata||Argentina||Argentine League, Copa Libertadores, and Intercontinental Cup||11||5 Argentine league titles; 4 Copa Libertadores; 1968 Intercontinental and 1969 Interamerican Cups. An earlier badge had just four stars, for the Libertadores and Intercontinental titles. Tenth star added after Copa Libertadores 2009 victory.|
|Rosario Central||Argentina||Argentine league and CONMEBOL Cup||6 (4+1+1)||The middle star, for the CONMEBOL Cup, is larger. The previous badge had 5 blue stars and one larger yellow star; the extra small star was for the unofficial "1974 Argentinian Championship", a qualification playoff for the 1974 Copa Libertadores.|
|Newell's Old Boys||Argentina||Argentine league||7||One star per title, including one each for the 1990 Apertura and the 1990/91 Apertura/Clausura playoff.|
|Argentinos Juniors||Argentina||Argentine League, Copa Libertadores, and Interamerican Cup||5||3 Argentine League; 1985 Libertadores and 1986 Interamerican Cup|
|Club Atlético Lanús||Argentina||Argentine League, National Cup and two international titles.||5||2 Argentine League (2007 and 2016); 2016 Copa Bicentenario, 2013 Copa Sudamericana and 1996 Copa CONMEBOL.|
|Boca Juniors||Argentina||Various Titles||68||The club has a policy of adding a star to their badge since 1970 for each title worn ever (Except during 2007-2009 when a design with only 3 stars was used for each Intercontinental Cup won). However, the version of the club badge on the shirts provided by kit manufacturer Nike remains on 52 stars as of 2019.|
|Quilmes AC||Argentina||Argentine league||2||Amateur title of 1912 and 1978 Metropolitano|
|Ferro Carril Oeste||Argentina||Argentine league||2||1982 Nacional and 1984 Nacional|
|Club Atlético Banfield||Argentina||Argentine league and Copa de Honor||2||2009 Torneo Apertura and 1920 amateur Copa de Honor.|
|Racing Club de Avellaneda||Argentina||Intercontinental Cup||1||Trophy won in 1967; star added for the fortieth anniversary.|
|Chacarita Juniors||Argentina||Argentine league||1||1969 Metropolitano|
|Joinville||Brazil||Campeonato Catarinense||12||12 titles won|
|Americano||Brazil||Campeonato da Cidade de Campos||9||For 9-in-a-row 1967–1975|
|Vasco da Gama||Brazil||Various Brazilian and South American||8||South American Club Championship 1948; Copa Libertadores 1998; Copa Mercosur 2000; 1974, 1989, 1997 and 2000 Brazilian Championships; unbeaten Campeão de Terra e Mar season in 1945|
|Palmeiras||Brazil||Campeonato Paulista, Brazilian Championship, Copa Rio||9 (1+8)||8 titles won under the name "Palestra Itália" between 1920 and 1940. Others say it commemorates the eighth month (August) of 1914, when the club was founded. Previously wore 4 silver stars, one for each Brazilian championship conquered (1972, 1973, 1993, 1994). Stars are placed inside the badge, rather than the usual placement above. A red star above the badge was added in 2017 for their 1951 Copa Rio win.|
|Santa Cruz||Brazil||Pernambucan Championship||8 (3+5)||Club badge has 5 yellow stars for the 5-in-a-row (1969–73) and 3 stars for 3 "super-championships" (black for 1957, white for 1976, red for 1983).|
|São Raimundo (AM)||Brazil||Copa Norte, Campeonato Amazonense||7 (3 + 4)||3 red stars for Norte 3-in-a-row 1999–2001; 4 silver stars for Amazonas titles|
|Internacional (Porto Alegre)||Brazil||FIFA Club World Cup, Copa Libertadores, Brazilian Championship, Copa do Brasil||6 (1+5)||Silver star for 2006 World title, 5 gold stars for others, with the Libertadores star larger than the other 4 (3 Championships, 1 Copa).|
|Goiás EC||Brazil||Brazilian Série B and Goiás State Championship||2||2 silver stars, for the 1999 and 2012 Série B championships.|
|Náutico||Brazil||Campeonato Pernambucano||6||6-in-a-row won 1963–1968|
|Corinthians Paulista||Brazil||FIFA Club World Cup, Brazilian Championship||5 (1+4)||Larger star for the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship, above the other 4 stars for 4 Campeonato Brasileiro titles. The stars were removed for the 2011 season onwards.|
|América do Natal||Brazil||Copa Nordeste, Campeonato Potiguar||5 (1 + 4)||1 silver star for 1998 Nordeste; 4 yellow stars for Potiguar 4-in-a-row 1979–82|
|Fortaleza EC||Brazil||Campeonato Cearense and Copa Norte-Nordeste||6 (4+2)||4 blue stars for Cearense Championship 4-in-a-row in 2007-10; 2 yellow stars for wins of North/Northeast Cup in 1946 and 1970.|
|Vila Nova||Brazil||Campeonato Brasileiro Série C, Campeonato Goiano||5 (1 + 4)||1 yellow star for 1996 Brasileiro title; 4 red stars for Goiano 4-in-a-row between 1977–80.|
|Goiânia||Brazil||Campeonato Goiano||5||5-in-a-row won between 1950–1954.|
|Ceará||Brazil||Campeonato Cearense||5||5-in-a-row between 1915–19.|
|ABC||Brazil||Campeonato Potiguar||4||Sweep of all four categories in 1954: professional, amateur, junior, and youth leagues.|
|Colo-Colo (Ilhéus)||Brazil||Campeonato de Ilhéus||4||4-in-a-row between 1960–63.|
|São Paulo FC||Brazil||Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup||3 (red stars; also 2 gold stars)||3 red stars represent 2 Intercontinental Cups (1992 and 1993) and 1 FIFA Club World Championship (2005). Also, 2 gold stars commemorate Adhemar da Silva's triple jump world records at the 1952 Olympics and the 1955 Pan American Games.|
|Grêmio Porto Alegre||Brazil||Intercontinental Cup, Libertadores Cup, Brazilian Championship, Copa do Brasil||3 (1+1+1)||The gold star on the badge was added in 1970 to honour Everaldo of the 1970 World Cup team, the first Grêmio player to be world champion. It also represents the 1983 Intercontinental Title. The silver star represents Continental titles (3 Libertadores and 2 Recopa); the bronze star represents Brazilian titles (2 Championships, 1 Serie B, and 5 Copas).|
|Criciuma EC||Brazil||Copa do Brasil; Série B; Série C||3[nb 3]||Copa won in 1991, Série B in 2002, Série C in 2006.|
|Fluminense||Brazil||Brazilian Championships||3||Titles won in 1970, 1984 and 2010.|
|Caxias (Santa Catarina)||Brazil||Campeonato Catarinense||3||Titles won in 1929, 1954, and 1955.|
|Galícia||Brazil||Campeonato Baiano||3||3 in-a-row won between 1941–1943.|
|União Barbarense||Brazil||Campeonato Brasileiro Série C, 2 others||3||Série C title won in 2004.|
|Santos FC||Brazil||Intercontinental Cup||2||Titles won in 1962, 1963.|
|EC Bahia||Brazil||Taça Brasil and Brazilian Championship||2||Taça won 1959, Championship won 1988.|
|Atlético Paranaense||Brazil||Brazilian Championship and Série B||2 (1 + 1)||Gold star for 2001 title; silver star for 1995 B title.|
|Sport Club do Recife||Brazil||Brazilian Championship, Série B and Brazilian Cup||3 (1+1+1)||A Gold star for Championship of 1987; a silver star for Série B 1990 and another Gold star for Brazilian Cup 2008.|
|EC Juventude||Brazil||Copa do Brasil and Brazilian Série B||2 (1+1)||Gold star for the 1999 Copa; silver star for 1994 Série B.|
|Paraná Clube||Brazil||Brazilian Série B||2||Official Série B of 1992 and Yellow Module of Copa João Havelange in 2000.|
|Paysandu SC||Brazil||2||Titles won in 1991 and 2001.|
|Brasiliense||Brazil||Brazilian Série B and Série C||2 (1+1)||Bronze star for C title won in 2002; silver star for B title won in 2004.|
|América Mineiro||Brazil||Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, Campeonato Mineiro||2 (1 + 1)||Gold star for 1997 Serie B title, red star for Mineiro 10-in-a-row between 1916–25.|
|CRAC||Brazil||Campeonato Goiano||2||Won in 1967 and 2004.|
|Grêmio Barueri||Brazil||Campeonato Paulista||2||2005 Série A3 title; 2006 Série A2 title|
|CR Flamengo||Brazil||Intercontinental Cup||1||Title won 1981. Stars for lesser titles were removed from badge in 2004.|
|Atlético Mineiro||Brazil||Brazilian Championship||1||Represents title won in 1971. Previously wore 3 stars (2 red and 1 gold), the 2 red stars for the 1992 and 1997 Copa CONMEBOL titles.|
|Chapecoense||Brazil||Copa Sudamerica||1||Represents title awarded in 2016, another star incorporated into the badge to commemorate the victims of LaMia Flight 2933. Previously wore 4 stars representing 1977, 1996, 2007 and 2011 Campeonato Catarinense titles.|
|Coritiba||Brazil||Brazilian Championship||1||Represents title won in 1985.|
|Guarani FC||Brazil||Brazilian Championship||2||Represents title won in 1978 and Série B of 1981.|
|Paulista||Brazil||Copa do Brasil||1||Title won in 2005.|
|Santo André||Brazil||Copa do Brasil||1||Title won in 2004.|
|Gama||Brazil||Campeonato Brasileiro Série B||1||Title won in 1998.|
|Londrina||Brazil||Campeonato Brasileiro Série B||1||Title won in 1980.|
|Avaí||Brazil||Campeonato Brasileiro Série C||1||Title won in 1998.|
|Atlético Goianiense||Brazil||Campeonato Brasileiro Série C||1||Title won in 1990.|
|Rio Branco||Brazil||Copa Norte||1||Title won in 1997.|
|Anápolis||Brazil||Campeonato Goiano||1||Title won in 1965.|
|Bragantino||Brazil||Campeonato Paulista||1||Title won in 1990.|
|Brusque||Brazil||Campeonato Catarinense||1||Title won in 1992.|
|Goiatuba||Brazil||Goiás State Championship||1||Title won in 1992.|
|Ipatinga||Brazil||Campeonato Mineiro||1||Title won in 2005.|
|São Caetano||Brazil||Campeonato Paulista||1||Title won in 2004|
|Colo-Colo||Chile||Copa Libertadores||4(1+3)||Represents trophy won in 1991 and other three stars addered after winning 30th national championship, each star represents 10 title.|
|Club Universidad de Chile||Chile||Copa Sudamericana||1||Trophy won in 2011.|
|O'Higgins de Rancagua||Chile||Chilean Primera Division||1||Title won in 2013 Apertura.|
|Cobresal||Chile||Chilean Primera Division||1||Represents title won in 2014 Clausura.|
|Santiago Wanderers||Chile||Chilean Primera Division||3||One star per title.|
|Everton de Viña del Mar||Chile||Chilean Primera Division||4||One star per title.|
|Huachipato||Chile||Chilean Primera Division||2||One star per title.|
|Santiago Morning||Chile||Chilean Primera Division||3||Title winning in 1940.|
|Cobreloa||Chile||Chilean Primera Division||7||One star per title.|
|América de Cali||Colombia||Colombian league||13||One star per title.|
|Atlético Junior||Colombia||Colombian league||7||One star per title.|
|Deportivo Cali||Colombia||Colombian league||9||One star per title.|
|Once Caldas||Colombia||Colombian league and Copa Libertadores||5 (4+1)||Gold star over badge for Libertadores; 4 stars within badge for one league each.|
|Barcelona SC||Ecuador||Ecuadorian Championship||14||Stars under the badge (one per title).|
|CS Emelec||Ecuador||Ecuadorian Championship||11||Stars under the badge (one per title).|
|LDU Quito||Ecuador||Each international title won||4||Fourth star added after Recopa Sudamericana 2010 victory.|
|Olimpia Asunción||Paraguay||Intercontinental Cup and Copa Libertadores||4||1 Golden Star for 1979 Intercontinental Cup, 3 Silver Stars for the 1979, 1990 and 2002 Copa Libertadores|
|Cienciano||Peru||Copa Sudamericana and Recopa Sudamericana||2||Won in 2003 and 2004 respectively.|
|FBC Melgar||Peru||Peruvian Primera División||2||Peruvian championship title in 1981. Second star added after their 2015 championship title.|
|Juan Aurich||Peru||Peruvian Primera División||1||Peruvian championship titles won in 2011.|
|CD San Martín||Peru||Peruvian Primera División||3||Peruvian championship titles won in 2007, 2008 and 2010.|
|Sporting Cristal||Peru||Peruvian Primera División||3||Three consecutive titles in 1994–96.|
|Sport Boys||Peru||Peruvian Primera División||6||Stars under the badge (one per title).|
|Comerciantes Unidos||Peru||Copa Perú||3||The three stars represent the three times that Comerciantes reached the National Stage of the Copa Perú.|
|Sport Rosario||Peru||Copa Perú||1||Copa Perú championship title won in 2016.|
|Caracas FC||Venezuela||Primera División Venezolana||10||One title per star.|
|Deportivo Tachira||Venezuela||Primera División Venezolana||6||One title per star.|
|Deportivo Petare||Venezuela||Primera División Venezolana||5||One title per star, titles won as Deportivo Italchacao.|
|Portuguesa FC||Venezuela||Primera División Venezolana||5||One title per star.|
|Estudiantes de Mérida||Venezuela||Primera División Venezolana||2||One title per star.|
|Minervén FC||Venezuela||Primera División Venezolana||1||One title per star.|
|Unión Atlético Maracaibo||Venezuela||Primera División Venezolana||1||One title per star.|
|Deportivo Anzoátegui||Venezuela||Segunda División Venezolana||1||One title per star.|
|KF Tirana||Albania||Albanian Superliga||2||Each represents 10 titles.In total they won 24 titles.|
|Dinamo Tirana||Albania||Albanian Superliga||1||Represents 10 titles.In total they won 18 titles.|
|Partizani Tirana||Albania||Albanian Superliga||1||Represents 10 titles.In total they won 15 titles.|
|Rapid Vienna||Austria||Austrian Bundesliga||3||Each represents 10 titles.|
|FK Austria Wien||Austria||Austrian Bundesliga||2||Each represents 10 titles.|
|FC Wacker Innsbruck||Austria||Austrian Bundesliga||1||Represents 10 titles|
|Red Bull Salzburg||Austria||Austrian Bundesliga||1||Each represents 10 titles. but only get FC Red Bull Salzburg|
|Kapaz PFC||Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan Premier League||3||One golden star per each league championship.|
|FC Baku||Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan Premier League||2||One golden star per each league championship.|
|FC Inter Baku||Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan Premier League||2||One golden star per each league championship.|
|Neftchi Baku||Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan Premier League||1||Represents 5 league championships.|
|FC BATE Borisov||Belarus||Belarusian Premier League||2||Each star represents 5 titles.|
|FC Dinamo Minsk||Belarus||Belarusian Premier League||1||Represents 5 titles.|
|R.S.C. Anderlecht||Belgium||Belgian First Division||3||Each golden star represents 10 titles.|
|Club Brugge||Belgium||Belgian Pro League||1||Represents 10 titles.|
|Standard Liège||Belgium||Belgian Pro League||1||Represents 10 titles.|
|R.U. Saint-Gilloise||Belgium||Belgian Pro League||1||Represents 10 titles. They won 11 titles in total. They currently play in Belgian Third Division B.|
|PFC CSKA Sofia||Bulgaria||Bulgarian A Group||3||Added 3 stars because of their 30th league title in 2005.|
|SK Slavia Prague||Czech Republic||Gambrinus Liga||1||Represent 10 titles. 16th and 17th titles won respectively in 2007 and 2008.|
|AC Sparta Prague||Czech Republic||Gambrinus Liga||3||Represent 30 titles. 36th title won in 2014.|
|FK Dukla Prague||Czech Republic||Gambrinus Liga||1||Represent 10 titles. 11th title won in 1982 as Dukla Prague.|
|APOEL Nicosia||Cyprus||Cypriot First Division||2||Each represent 10 titles.|
|Omonoia Nicosia||Cyprus||Cypriot First Division||2||Each represent 10 titles.|
|Anorthosis Famagusta||Cyprus||Cypriot First Division||1||Represent 10 titles.|
|KB||Denmark||Danish Premier League||3||Gold star for every fifth championship. Total number of championships 15|
|F.C. København||Denmark||Danish Premier League||2||Gold star for every fifth championship. Total number of championships 12|
|Brøndby IF||Denmark||Danish Premier League||2||Gold star for every fifth championship. Total number of championships 10|
|AB||Denmark||Danish Premier League||1||Gold star for every fifth championship. Total number of championships 9|
|B93||Denmark||Danish Premier League||1||Gold star for every fifth championship. Total number of championships 9|
|B1903||Denmark||Danish Premier League||1||Gold star for every fifth championship. Total number of championships 7|
|BK Frem||Denmark||Danish Premier League||1||Gold star for every fifth championship. Total number of championships 6|
|AGF||Denmark||Danish Premier League||1||Gold star for every fifth championship. Total number of championships 5|
|Esbjerg fB||Denmark||Danish Premier League||1||Gold star for every fifth championship. Total number of championships 5|
|Vejle BK||Denmark||Danish Premier League||1||Gold star for every fifth championship. Total number of championships 5|
|Aston Villa||England||European Cup||1||Title won in 1982. Star incorporated into the crest.|
|Bury||England||FA Cup||2||Titles won in 1900 and 1903. Stars added initially for the 2009–10 season only, reintroduced from 2011 onwards.|
|Huddersfield Town||England||English First Division||3||First team to win English First Division 3 times in a row, between 1924 and 1926.|
|Ipswich Town||England||English First Division, FA Cup, UEFA Cup||3||Trophies won respectively in 1962, 1978 and 1981. Stars added in 2007.|
|Nottingham Forest||England||European Cup||2||Two silver stars worn above the club crest to commemorate back to back European Cup victories, in 1979 and 1980.|
|Notts County||England||FA Cup||1||One gold star was added in 2013 to represent 120 years since Notts' victory in the 1893–94 FA Cup. County have worn this star each season since then.|
|Yeovil Town||England||None||3||Three gold stars were added in 2017 to commemorate the club's 15th season in the Football League, with each star representing five seasons|
|FC Flora Tallinn||Estonia||Meistriliiga||2||Each represents 5 titles.|
|FC Levadia Tallinn||Estonia||Meistriliiga||1||Each represents 5 titles.|
|Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi||Finland||Veikkausliiga||2||Each represents 10 titles.|
|Nantes||France||French league||8||One title per star, incorporated into the crest.|
|Marseille||France||UEFA Champions League||1||Title won in 1993.|
|Saint-Étienne||France||French league||1||Represents 10 titles. Last won in 1981.|
|Bayern Munich||Germany||German Bundesliga||4||Represents 20 Bundesliga titles, the 1932 German championship win is not counted. Fourth star added after 2008 title|
|Borussia Mönchengladbach||Germany||German Bundesliga||2||Represents 5 titles.|
|Borussia Dortmund||Germany||German Bundesliga||2||Represents 5 titles. Second star added in 2012, previously wore only one.|
|Werder Bremen||Germany||German Bundesliga||1||Represents 3 titles.|
|Hamburger SV||Germany||German Bundesliga||1||Represents 3 titles.|
|VfB Stuttgart||Germany||German Bundesliga||1||Represents 3 titles; added after third win.|
|Olympiacos||Greece||Superleague Greece||4||Each represents 10 titles.|
|Ferencvárosi TC||Hungary||Hungarian Championship||3||Each represents 10 titles (30).|
|MTK||Hungary||Hungarian Championship||2||Each represents 10 titles (23).|
|Újpest FC||Hungary||Hungarian Championship||2||Each represents 10 titles (20).|
|Budapest Honvéd||Hungary||Hungarian Championship||1||Each represents 10 titles (14).|
|Valur||Iceland||Icelandic league||4||Each represents 5 titles.|
|Fram Reykjavík||Iceland||Icelandic league||3||Each represents 5 titles.|
|Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur||Iceland||Icelandic league||5||Each represents 5 titles.|
|Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur||Iceland||Icelandic league||1||Each represents 5 titles.|
|Íþróttabandalag Akraness||Iceland||Icelandic league||3||Each represents 5 titles.|
|Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar||Iceland||Icelandic league||1||Each represents 5 titles.|
|Wexford Youths||Ireland||FAI Youth Inter-League Cup||2||Titles won by Wexford Football League sides coached by Mick Wallace, founder of Wexford Youths F.C.; the junior league is a nursery for the senior club. Titles were won in 2004–5 and 2006–7. A third star is due for the 2007–8 victory.|
|Bohemians||Ireland||League of Ireland||1||Represents 10 titles. Tenth won in 2008.|
|Dundalk||Ireland||League of Ireland||1||Represents 10 titles. Tenth won in 2014.|
|Shamrock Rovers||Ireland||League of Ireland||1||Represents 10 titles. Tenth won in 1964; 15 held at time star was added.|
|Shelbourne||Ireland||League of Ireland||1||Represents 10 titles. Tenth won in 2002; 11 held at time star was added.|
|Limerick||Ireland||League of Ireland||2||1 title per star. 1959/60 and 1979/80.|
|Hapoel Tel Aviv||Israel||Israeli championships||2||Each represents 5 titles. (5 won Before the state of Israel was Formed)|
|Ironi Kiryat Shmona||Israel||Israeli championships||1||One title per star.|
|Maccabi Haifa||Israel||Israeli championships||1||Represents 10 titles. 12th Title won in 2011.|
|Maccabi Netanya||Israel||Israeli championships||5||One title per star.|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||Israel||Israeli championships||4||Each represents 5 titles. (5 won Before the state of Israel was formed)|
|Juventus||Italy||Italian Serie A||3||Each represents 10 Italian Football Championship and Serie A titles. The first, added in 1958 by a Lega Calcio sentence, represents the first case in association football history which a star is used in the kits as a sporting and honorific symbol. Second star added in 1982. Added a third star following their supposed 30th league title in 2011–12 but removed them all following a dispute with the Italian Football Federation, who stripped Juventus of their 2004–05 and 2005–06 titles due to the 2006 Italian football scandal, leaving the official total at 28. Juventus have since won their 30th title in the 2013–14 season and thus earned the right to wear the third star, the club removed all stars until another club earns the right to wear two stars to emphasise their superiority. However, the three stars have been reinstated from 2015–16.|
|Internazionale||Italy||Italian Serie A||1||Represents 10 titles. Added in 1966.|
|Milan||Italy||Italian Serie A||1||Represents 10 titles. Added in 1979.|
|Jeunesse Esch||Luxembourg||National Division||2||Each represents 10 titles.|
|F91 Dudelange||Luxembourg||National Division||1||Represents 10 titles.|
|Sliema Wanderers||Malta||Maltese Premier League||2||Each star represents 10 titles.|
|Floriana||Malta||Maltese Premier League||2||Each star represents 10 titles.|
|Valletta||Malta||Maltese Premier League||2||Each star represents 10 titles.|
|Hibernians||Malta||Maltese Premier League||1||Represents 10 titles.|
|Ajax||Netherlands||Eredivisie and Dutch Championship (pre-1956)||3||Each star represents 10 titles.|
|PSV||Netherlands||Eredivisie and Dutch Championship (pre-1956)||2||Each star represents 10 titles.|
|Feyenoord||Netherlands||Eredivisie and Dutch Championship (pre-1956)||1||Represents 10 titles.|
|HVV Den Haag||Netherlands||Dutch Championship (pre-1956)||1||Represents 10 titles. Star incorporated into the crest.|
|Rosenborg||Norway||Norwegian league||2||Each star represents 10 titles.|
|Górnik Zabrze||Poland||Polish League||1||Gold star represents 10 or more titles.|
|Ruch Chorzów||Poland||Polish League||1||Gold star represents 10 or more titles.|
|Wisla Kraków||Poland||Polish League||1||Gold star represents 10 or more titles.|
|Legia Warszawa||Poland||Polish League||1||Gold star represents 10 or more titles.|
|Lech Poznań||Poland||Polish League||1||Silver star represents 5 to 9 titles.|
|ŁKS Łódź||Poland||Polish League||1||White star represents 1 to 4 titles.|
|Polonia Bytom||Poland||Polish League||1||White star represents 1 to 4 titles.|
|Śląsk Wrocław||Poland||Polish League||1||White star represents 1 to 4 titles.|
|Warta Poznań||Poland||Polish League||1||White star represents 1 to 4 titles.|
|Widzew Łódź||Poland||Polish League||1||White star represents 1 to 4 titles.|
|Zagłębie Lubin||Poland||Polish League||1||White star represents 1 to 4 titles.|
|Benfica||Portugal||Portuguese League||3||Each represents 10 titles. Announced in February 2008 for the following season, by which time a 31st title had been won.|
|Steaua Bucharest||Romania||Romanian League||2||Each star represents 10 titles.|
|Dinamo Bucharest||Romania||Romanian League||1||Represents 10 titles.|
|CSKA Moscow||Russia||Russian Premier League, Soviet Top League||2||Each star represents 5 titles.|
|Dynamo Moscow||Russia||Soviet Top League||2||Each star represents 5 titles.|
|Spartak Moscow||Russia||Russian Premier League, Soviet Top League||4||Each star represents 5 titles. Wore one star from 2003 to 2012 to commemorate their Russian Premier League wins, added another three in 2013 as Russian clubs are allowed to include their pre-1992 Soviet titles in the tally.|
|Zenit Saint Petersburg||Russia||Russian Premier League, Soviet Top League||1||Each star represents 5 titles.|
|Rangers||Scotland||Scottish Premier League||5||Each star represents 10 titles.|
|Aberdeen||Scotland||European Cup Winners Cup and European Super Cup||2||Both trophies won in 1983. Aberdeen remain the only football club in Europe to incorporate a star for the European Super Cup.|
|Celtic||Scotland||European Cup||1||One European Cup win in 1967. One source, however, claims that the star represents the club's league titles.|
|East Fife||Scotland||Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup||4||One Scottish Cup win in 1938 and three League Cup wins in 1948, 1950 and 1954.|
|Slovan Bratislava||Slovakia||Fortuna Liga||1||Awarded in 2009, the star represent 5 titles.|
|MŠK Žilina||Slovakia||Fortuna Liga||1||Awarded in 2010, the star represent 5 titles.|
|Maribor||Slovenia||Slovenian PrvaLiga||1||The star represent 10 titles.|
|Partizan Belgrade||Serbia||Serbian SuperLiga, First League of Serbia and Montenegro, Yugoslav First League||2||Each star represents 10 titles.|
|Red Star Belgrade||Serbia||Serbian SuperLiga, First League of Serbia and Montenegro, Yugoslav First League||3||Each star represents 10 titles.|
|AIK||Sweden||Svenska Mästerskapet, Allsvenskan, Mästerskapsserien||1||Each star represents 10 times Swedish Champions.|
|Djurgårdens IF||Sweden||Svenska Mästerskapet, Allsvenskan||1||Each star represents 10 times Swedish Champions.|
|IFK Göteborg||Sweden||Svenska Mästerskapet, Allsvenskan, Allsvenskan play-offs, Mästerskapsserien||1||Each star represents 10 times Swedish Champions.|
|IFK Norrköping||Sweden||Allsvenskan, Allsvenskan play-offs||1||Each star represents 10 times Swedish Champions.|
|Malmö FF||Sweden||Allsvenskan||2||Each star represents 10 times Swedish Champions.|
|Örgryte IS||Sweden||Svenska Mästerskapet, Allsvenskan play-offs||1||Each star represents 10 times Swedish Champions.|
|Grasshoppers||Switzerland||Swiss Super League||2||Each represents 10 titles.|
|FC Basel||Switzerland||Swiss Super League||2||Each represents 10 titles.|
|Servette||Switzerland||Swiss Super League||1||Represents 10 titles.|
|Young Boys Bern||Switzerland||Swiss Super League||1||Represents 10 titles.|
|FC Zürich||Switzerland||Swiss Super League||1||Represents 10 titles.|
|Fenerbahçe||Turkey||Turkish Super League||3||Each represents 5 titles. Have 19 titles.|
|Galatasaray||Turkey||Turkish Super League||4||Each represents 5 titles. Have 21 titles.|
|Beşiktaş JK||Turkey||Turkish Super League||3||Each represents 5 titles. Have 15 titles.|
|Trabzonspor||Turkey||Turkish Super League||1||Represents 5 titles. Have 6 titles.|
|Dynamo Kyiv||Ukraine||Ukrainian Premier League, Soviet Top League||2||Represents 10 Ukrainian (out of 13) titles and 10 USSR (out of 13) titles. Second star was added on 6 September 2007 for USSR champion titles.|
Stars that do not signify particular titles
American club Philadelphia Union has 13 stars that represent the 13 original colonies of the United States. Fellow Major League Soccer franchise Montreal Impact have four stars on their badge, which are symbolic of the nationalities of the peoples who founded the city of Montreal. The four nations are regularly used in Montreal imagery, as the city flag and coat of arms both reference them.
The badge introduced by Manchester City in 1997 had three stars to give it a "more continental feel". The 3 stars do not represent titles or trophies. City brought in a new club badge in 2016 with no stars on it. Sivasspor of Turkey also has three stars on their badge. They do not represent any championships either.
Portsmouth F.C. has featured a star (of various designs) in its badge since 1913. The star does not represent trophies or titles won, instead, the Portsmouth badge was based upon symbols found in the official coat of arms owned by Portsmouth City Council.
For the 2002–03 season, the badge of Greek club Panathinaikos F.C. had 3 stars. One gold representing the team's partaking in the 1971 European Cup Final, and 2 white stars representing the team's participation at the 1985 European Cup semi-finals and the 1996 UEFA Champions League semi-finals respectively. Because none of these stars represent titles or trophies, opposition fans in Greece mocked this.
- The Seattle Sounders that played from 1994 to 2008 wore four stars, while the former Montreal Impact team wore three stars at the time of their move.
- Although the Earthquakes moved and became the Houston Dynamo, that team forfeited the history of the Earthquakes and became an effective expansion team, with the new Earthquakes rejoining in 2008 with the original team's identity and permission to use two sanctioned stars. This is similar to the relationship between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens in American football.
- Criciúma EC has a total of four national titles, more than any other in Santa Catarina state. But the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B of 1986 is not recognized by Confederação Brasileira de Futebol, leaving them with just three stars.
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- "Juventus reveal star-less shirts". football-italia.net. Football Italia. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
- Gladwell, Ben (6 May 2014). "Juventus won't add 3rd star to badge". ESPN FC. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
- Danny Penza (1 July 2015). "Juventus' new 2015-16 adidas jerseys have officially arrived". SBNation. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
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