This football club is most often used as a password!


Football clubs are often used as passwords. How often exactly? We took a closer look at this! You can register quickly on platforms, websites or in apps – if it weren’t for the annoying password. But how do you remember all the passwords?

Obviously, many people use their football clubs to assign passwords. These are, at least in part, surprisingly often used as passwords. How often exactly? You can find that out from our count! 


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“schalke04” is the football club that is most often used as a password!

The difference between first and last place is extensive. Between the Gelsenkirchen-based Schalke04 football club (1st place) and the Nuremberg club (18th place) there are about 50,000 uses. Where does your soccer club appear? Look in this list, look for your favorite club.

PlatzBundesligavereinAnzahl Verwendungen
1Schalke50.762
2Berlin40.960
3Dortmund20.026
4Hannover15.235
5München12.903
6Stuttgart9.980
7Frankfurt7.746
8Bremen6.518
9Leverkusen4.791
10Freiburg3.383
11Mönchengladbach3.048
12Leipzig2.692
13Düsseldorf2.684
14Mainz2.463
15Augsburg2.379
16Wolfsburg1.780
17Hoffenheim797
18Nürnberg633

How do you get these numbers? Different reasons speak for – or against – the use of different passwords. We try to explain why “schalke04” is number 1:

The standard requirements for the allocation of passwords are meanwhile:

  • At least 6 characters
  • Letter
  • numbers

Depending on the platform, website or app, these requirements may be stricter and more relaxed. However, the “Schalke04” meets most requirements. In contrast to Schalke04, “BVB09” is simply too short for many forms. Maybe fans of BVB09 will switch over to the Gelsenkirchen fans and use “schalke04” as their password? Hardcore fans wouldn’t think of that either. Could also be a security feature.

Select a football club as password? A bad idea!

At the end of all speculation it must still be mentioned that no matter which password one chooses, it should have no personal reference. This also includes the football club, hobbies, names of friends or family members. Prefabricated password lists are available in many variations.

Creating a personalized password list from the football clubs of the world is not a big challenge. If this information is already suitable for guessing your own password, you should have made a little more effort when assigning it.




For determining the numbers

For our research, we used Troy Hunt’s 5.5 billion stolen records. Further information regarding the numbers is available on request: kontakt@aware7.de


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