IFFHS World Rankings: Chelsea Top, United 19th – Find Out Where Your Team Is Ranked

By on March 5, 2013

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Chelsea have been ranked as the best team in the world with run-away Premier League leaders Manchester United way down in 19th, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

The IFFHS are an organisation that are recognised and supported by, but not affiliated with, FIFA and results from their latest rankings were published online today by the Daily Mail and they make for some amusing reading.

Their latest Club World Rankings, which take into account results between March 1 2012 and February 28 2013, have produced some hilarious and down-right bizarre results. Before we give you the rankings, here’s how they are complied with in the first place.

The rankings are calculated by awarding points based on results from national league matches, continental and intercontinental competitions and the most important national cup competition, with results before the last 16 phase ignored.

A draw in a national league game is awarded 2 points with a win worth 4, Champions League draws are worth 7 points and a win is 14 points, while Club World Cup semi-finals are worth the same and winning the cup outright is worth 21 points.

The Rankings

Chelsea are ranked as the best team in the world with Atletico Madrid second while German giants Bayern Munich sit third. Corinthians are fourth and Barcelona make the top 5 but Manchester United only just make the top 20, while Premier League champions Manchester City are below the likes of Basel, Levante and Genk down in 56th position!

Other notable English sides are Liverpool (25th), Tottenham (37th) and Arsenal (50th). Here is a breakdown of the top 20 plus other Premier League sides who make the top 100:

1. Chelsea (307)
2. Atletico Madrid (304)
3. Bayern Munich (292)
4. Corinthians (287)
5. Barcelona (283)
6. Boca Juniors (281)
7. Real Madrid (277)
8. Juventus (241)
9. Inter Milan (234)
10. Sao Paulo (230)
11. Universidad de Chile Santiago (223)
12. Fluminense (222)
13. Basel (220)
14. Fenerbahce (216)
= Lazio
16. Dortmund (215)
17. Lyon (214)
18. PSG (210)
19. Manchester United (205)
= Club Libertad Asuncion
= Celtic

Other English sides in the top 100

25. Liverpool (200)
37. Tottenham (186)
50. Arsenal (169)
56. Man City (161)
65. Newcastle (152)

The rankings are truly bizarre, it has to be said. How on earth did the IFFHS think this was a viable ranking system?! Chelsea won the Champions League, so you could make an argument for them being top I suppose, but to have United down in 19th and the Premier League champions in 56th is ridiculous.

There is obviously too much weight given to European competition and every domestic league is given equal status, which is also crazy. The Premier League is far more difficult than say the Swiss league, but Basel are still ranked 13th due to their excellent domestic form.

Most ‘ranking’ systems are useless anyway. You just need to look at FIFA’s own world rankings to know that!

What do you make of the rankings? Get involved in the comments section below.

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21 Comments

  1. Onos kelly frm oginibo

    March 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    That ranking is good to the character of the club chelsea. But where do will be 2013-14 tell me poor season

  2. Bill

    March 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    what utter tripe. but then what would you expect from anything associated with FIFA? Manure in 19th, surely they should be 225th.

  3. Subbed after 70

    March 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Roman’s paid someone off Again!!

    • bayern4life

      March 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Yea ur mom

  4. Bill is just Sour

    March 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    You sour Bill? You a Scouser too? Either way, we’re waaay ahead of your precious Loserpool or Man Shity or whatever team you support. The rankings are laughable. AC Milan isn’t even on this list. Laughable at best.

  5. oyewole cozby

    March 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    mourinho plase come we need you again,you are the only one to make chelsea the real one. I love jose mourinho the most special one or the more than special.

  6. Abubakar ishola

    March 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Up united

  7. godswill

    March 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Dis ranking system is rubish period

  8. Onyedikachukwu okpara

    March 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Yes good 4 us..we can do wt madird do lik cr7 £80 and £68m so falcao £50m and neymar £60m

  9. Hootspur

    March 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    And these jokers run world football?

    I’m a Spurs supporter but how the hell did we manage to get above Arsenal? Attendances – no, League Position – no, oh yes Champions League!

    Trying to divert attention from the very large brown envelopes in circulation in order to host the World Cup in unbearable heat in the Gulf, or better still in the middle of the European football season!

    Septic Fatter is a clown and Michael Placenta is in charge of a job creation scheme for the Refs Association.

    What a farce.

  10. Sunday

    March 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I am a Chelsea supporter but i dont think this ranking worth it. It is a total bizzare. Chelsea team is currently the worst team in the world. No team plan, no team play, no team cordination, poor team selection, poor changes, no tactical and technical impact. It is the worst team i have ever seen all my life

  11. the_unchosen_one

    March 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    freaky man – but glad to see spurs are still above arsenal !!

  12. Ezuruike chibuzor

    March 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    We want jose morinho back at chelsea,Him alone can bring chelsea back on track.Even make the team to be special just like him self.

  13. oyetunde olaitan

    March 5, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    chelsea does not deserved to be ranked number one in d world.bcos of their poor form dis season and they have loose almost four trophies dis season.

  14. Ericblue

    March 6, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I thnk there is some truth about the statistics there,we should not forget that the statistics is based on last season performance & not present mess.

  15. George lak

    March 6, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Off point, it takes only chelsea to defend and win with jst 10 players without central backs jst ask man utd dts y i miss di mateo

  16. akande noah1

    March 6, 2013 at 9:07 am

    The ranking shows our last season perfomance but what will this season look like just too pooooooor

  17. akande noah1

    March 6, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Man u should just get set to suffer the second defeat at old trafford on sunday

  18. MR YUPPIEE WILLIAMS

    March 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

    FA CUP:MAN UTD 1-3 CHELSEA

  19. sheyin maxwell

    March 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    dey ranking was gud,4 we all dy chelsea fans,i lyk it,nd we wil surely continue lyk dt,up bluez,

  20. Violin

    March 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    This is a black page that hasn’t be written on, not worth readin

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