Newcastle and Sunderland are among the best-supported clubs in world football

Revealed! Where Newcastle United and Sunderland rank among the world's best-supported football clubs

The North East is an area renowned for it's passionate support of its football teams - and these staggering statistics emphasise that point.

Data from the Football Observatory shows the average attendances of some of the world's biggest football clubs over the five-year period between 2013 and 2018. And while it's no surprise that both Sunderland and Newcastle United feature on the list, it's perhaps surprising to see just how highly they rank - and some of the clubs who are left in their wake. Scroll down and click through the pages to see where the North East pair rank among the best-supported clubs in world football:

Average attendance: 35,664

1. 50th: Real Betis

Average attendance: 35,664
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Average attendance: 36,025

2. 49th: Persepolis FC

Average attendance: 36,025
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Average attendance: 36,468

3. 48th: Urawa Red Diamonds

Average attendance: 36,468
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Average attendance: 37,615

4. 47th: Valencia

Average attendance: 37,615
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