The IFFHS – International Federation of Football History and Statistics – have just released their latest rankings of the best football clubs in the world, and Bayern Munich are in first place above Real Madrid in second and Chelsea in third place.
Mike Ashley - Newcastle 118th ranked club in the world
The rankings are based on results in the last twelve months, from 31st January last year through February 1st this year, and teams get points for wins and draws in all their competitive matches.
The way IFFHS classify the teams is by a points system based on the different competitions that take place in each region of the world, so it’s hardly surprising that the current European Champions – the top ranked football region in the world, are ranked the number one club.
The teams are also ranked overall and ranked in each region of the world with for instance Clube Atletico Mineiro (9th overall) and Club Independiente of Colombia (13th overall) being the top ranked team in South America.
This is probably the best way to rank teams and Newcastle have dropped 4 places since December and are now in 118th place and tied with CA River Plate of Argentina and Molde FK of Norway.
Surprisingly Newcastle are above both Liverpool who are ion 129th place and Everton in 146th place.
Newcastle still have their very good run last year in the Europa League counting for the club, when we reached the quarter finals of that competition, before losing to beaten finalist Benfica, who are in 11th place.
Other top teams are Atletico Madrid 4th, Barcelona 5th, PSG 6th, Tottenham 7th, Arsenal 12th, Manchester City 14th, Celtic 19th and Manchester United 30th – and of course the Red Devils didn’t have a good European Champions League or Europa League run last season.
Sunderland are nowhere to be seen and are not ranked in the top 200 clubs in the world, but that’s not surprising given their poor form in the Premier League for the last two seasons.
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