When it comes to opinion’s everybody has one, but when it comes to fact, there is only one. Fans like to talk about their team with rose tinted glasses, and at nearly every ground you can hear the song, were by far the greatest team the world have ever seen. For a few that song is very true, but for many it is a dream. Fans also like to talk about the way they play the game, they way it should be played, but that a club doesn’t win trophies for the style their team plays, they win trophies for how they have been over a course of time compared to the rest of the teams competeting. Trophies mean a lot, they give reward at the end of the season to the team that has done the best overall. You can look at Mourinho’s Chelsea team that one the Premiership Title they didn’t get the plaudits for their style of football, but did win the title back to back. There is the UEFA Champions League, Copa Libertadore, CAF Champions League, AFC Champions League, CONCACAF Champions League and World Club Championship.
But there is an organization recognized by FIFA that chronicles the history and records of Association football called International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
They put the best football teams into rank. The ranking takes into consideration the results of twelve months of continental and intercontinental competitions, national league matches (including play-offs) and the most important national cup (excluding points won before the round of 16).
All countries are rated at four levels based upon the national league performance—clubs in the highest level leagues receive 4 points for each match won, 2 for a draw and 0 for a defeat. Level 2 is assigned 3 pts. (win), 1.5 (draw) and 0 (lost), and so on with the next lower levels.
In continental competitions, all clubs receive the same number of points at all stages regardless of the performance level of their leagues. However, the UEFA Champions League and the Copa Libertadores get more points than UEFA Europa League and Copa Sudamericana. The point assignment system is still lower for the AFC, CAF, CONCACAF and OFC continental tournaments. Competitions between two continents are evaluated depending upon their importance. Competitions not organized by a continental confederation, or any intercontinental events not recognized by FIFA, are not taken into consideration.
|Competition||Points for Win||Points for Draw|
|UEFA Champions League||14||7|
|UEFA Europa League||12||6|
|CAF Champions League:||9||4.5|
|CAF Confederations Cup||7||3.5|
|AFC Champions League||9||4.5|
|CONCACAF Champions League||9||4.5|
|OFC Champions League||5||2.5|
|FIFA Club World Cup (Final)||14 (21)||7 (10.5)|
So With that brief explanation here is the current top 50 best football team in the world according to fact not opinion.
|1.||(1.)||FC Internazionale Milano||Italia/4||304,0|
|3.||(4.)||Real Madrid CF||España/4||261,0|
|4.||(3.)||FC Bayern München||Deutschland/4||260,0|
|5.||(6.)||SC Internacional Porto Alegre||Brasil/4||238,0|
|6.||(9.)||Manchester United FC||England/4||233,0|
|7.||(6.)||Club Estudiantes de La Plata||Argentina/4||229,0|
|9.||(8.)||FC do Porto||Portugal/3||219,5|
|10.||(11.)||Chelsea FC London||England/4||218,0|
|11.||(15.)||FC Zenit St. Petersburg||Russia/3||211,5|
|12.||(22.)||Paris Saint-Germain FC||France/4||206,0|
|13.||(20.)||AFC Ajax Amsterdam||Nederland/3||205,5|
|15.||(17.)||Cruzeiro EC Belo Horizonte||Brasil/4||196,0|
|16.||(33.)||Arsenal FC London||England/4||193,0|
|18.||(41.)||FC Dinamo Kyiv||Ukraine/3||192,0|
|(25.)||Tottenham Hotspur FC||England/4||192,0|
|(9.)||Club Atlético de Madrid||España/4||192,0|
|22.||(38.)||Manchester City FC||England/4||188,0|
|(12.)||Juventus FC Torino||Italia/4||188,0|
|(33.)||PFC CSKA Moscow||Russia/3||188,0|
|(29.)||FC Shakhtar Donetsk||Ukraine/3||187,0|
|27.||(16.)||São Paulo FC||Brasil/4||185,0|
|28.||(26.)||Beşiktaş JK İstanbul||Türkiye/3||184,5|
|30.||(54.)||TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen||Deutschland/4||182,0|
|(24.)||SC Corinthians Paulista São Paulo||Brasil/4||182,0|
|33.||(27.)||Lille Olympique Sporting Club||France/4||178,0|
|34.||(45.)||AC Sparta Praha||Česká Republika/3||176,0|
|36.||(22.)||Olympique de Marseille||France/4||173,0|
|(48.)||Sport Lisboa e Benfica||Portugal/3||173,0|
|39.||(14.)||Club Libertad Asunción||Paraguay/3||172,5|
|(49.)||BV Borussia Dortmund||Deutschland/4||172,0|
|42.||(54.)||FC BATE Barysau||Belarus/2||170,0|
|44.||(35.)||Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC||Israel/2||169,0|
|(53.)||CD Cruz Azul Ciudad de México||México/3||168,0|
|47.||(37.)||CD Universidad de Chile Santiago||Chile/3||167,5|
|48.||(43.)||FC Schalke 04||Deutschland/4||162,0|
|49.||(105.)||CCD Tolima Ibague||Colombia/3||161,0|
|50.||(66.)||Sociedad Deportivo Quito||Ecuador/3||160,5|
It may surprise people to still see Inter Milan sitting up top as they are currently second to A.C Milain in Serie A but it is based from the year up to now. But Barca only 3 points away from top spot next month surly will see them reach number 1. For me it is very surprising to see Liverpool in 8th and dropping from 5th no less. I would have though that they would have scored less points from last year, but from this article I have written, I guess I can’t argue with the fact over my own opinion.
(The list is from 1st March 2010 – 28th February 2011)