International Federation of Football History & Statistics

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International Federation of Football History & Statistics
IFFHS (logo).png
Formation 1984
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland
Official language English, French, Spanish, German
President Saleh Bahwini[1]
Website http://www.iffhs.de/en

The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) is an organization that chronicles the history and records of association football.[2][3][4] It was founded on 27 March 1984 in Leipzig by Dr. Alfredo Pöge with the blessings of general secretary of the FIFA at the time, Dr. Helmut Käser.[2] The IFFHS was based at Al-Muroor Street 147, Abu Dhabi for some time but, in 2010, relocated to Bonn, Germany.[5]

During its early stages, and until 2002, the IFFHS concentrated on publishing the quarterly magazines Fußball-Weltzeitschrift, Libero spezial deutsch and Libero international.[6] When these had to be discontinued for reasons which were not officially told, the organization published its material in a series of multi-lingual books in co-operation with sponsors.[7] The statistical organization has now confined its publishing activities to its website, receiving support from FIFA,[7] organization that recognise the IFFHS and its work[4][7] although the latter has no affiliation with the football's governing body.[8]

Club World Ranking[edit]

Since 1991, the entity has produced a monthly Club World Ranking.

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 yield more points than UEFA Europa League and Copa Sudamericana, respectively. 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.

Criteria[edit]

Criteria for national competitions:[9]
Competition Points for a win Points for a draw
National Leagues in Level 4 4.00 2.00
National Leagues in Level 3 3.00 1.50
National Leagues in Level 2 2.00 1.00
National Leagues in Level 1 1.00 0.50
Criteria for international competitions:[9]
Competition Points for a win Points for a draw
UEFA Champions League 14.0 7.0
UEFA Europa League 12.0 6.0
Copa Libertadores 14.0 7.0
Copa Sudamericana 12.0 6.0
CAF Champions League 9.0 4.5
CAF Cup 7.0 3.5
AFC Champions League 9.0 4.5
AFC Cup 7.0 3.5
CONCACAF Champions League 9.0 4.5
OFC Champions League 5.0 2.5
FIFA Club World Cup (semi-finals) 14.0 7.0
FIFA Club World Cup (final)[10] 21.0 10.5

Current ranking[edit]

Top 40
(Club World Ranking 2013)
Pos. Team Confederation Points
1 Spain Barcelona UEFA 370.0
2 Germany Bayern München UEFA 304.0
3 Spain Atlético Madrid UEFA 273.0
4 Spain Real Madrid UEFA 251.0
5 England Arsenal UEFA 247.0
6 France Paris Saint-Germain UEFA 240.0
7 Switzerland Basel UEFA 239.0
8 Brazil Atlético Mineiro CONMEBOL 238.0
9 England Tottenham UEFA 238.0
10 Portugal Benfica UEFA 232.0
11 Russia Rubin Kazan UEFA 223.5
12 Germany Borussia Dortmund UEFA 218.0
13 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň UEFA 214.5
14 Colombia Santa Fe CONMEBOL 214.0
15 England Chelsea UEFA 212.0
16 England Manchester City UEFA 212.0
17 Paraguay Olimpia CONMEBOL 208.5
18 Spain Sevilla UEFA 208.0
19 Italy Juventus UEFA 205.0
20 Italy Lazio UEFA 204.0
21 Romania Steaua București UEFA 200.5
22 Paraguay Libertad CONMEBOL 199.5
23 Scotland Celtic UEFA 199.0
24 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield CONMEBOL 197.0
25 Turkey Galatasaray UEFA 196.0
26 England Manchester United UEFA 193.0
27 Colombia Atlético Nacional CONMEBOL 192.5
28 Belgium Genk UEFA 187.0
29 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg UEFA 186.5
30 Turkey Fenerbahçe UEFA 183.5
31 Brazil Grêmio CONMEBOL 182.0
Argentina Newell's Old Boys CONMEBOL 182.0
33 Ecuador Emelec CONMEBOL 180.0
34 China Guangzhou Evergrande AFC 178.5
35 Italy Milan UEFA 178.0
36 Chile Universidad de Chile CONMEBOL 176.0
Mexico Tijuana CONCACAF 176.0
38 Italy Fiorentina UEFA 174.0
39 Argentina Lanús CONMEBOL 172.0
40 Bulgaria Ludogorets UEFA 171.0

Last updated: 8 January 2014 - Current Standings

The World's Club Team of the Year[edit]

The following table shows the clubs that finished top of the ranking for each year since 1991:[11]

IFFHS recognised these clubs as The World's Club Team of the Year and were awarded with a golden trophy and a certificate during the World Football Gala.[11]

Continental Clubs of the 20th Century[edit]

In 2009, the IFFHS released the results of a statistical study which determined the best continental clubs of the 20th Century.[34] The ranking did not consider the performance of the teams in national football tournaments (except in the Oceania's club ranking due to limited editions held under OFC club competitions), the performance in the intercontinental or world-wide club competitions or those submitted in the IFFHS Club World Ranking, available since 1991.[35]

Based on this statistical study series, the below six clubs were named as "continental clubs of the century" by the IFFHS between 10 September and 13 October 2009. These clubs were awarded with a golden trophy and a certificate during the World Football Gala celebrated at Fulham, London on 11 May 2010.[36][37]

Region Team
Europe Spain Real Madrid
South America Uruguay Peñarol
Africa Ghana Asante Kotoko[38]
Asia Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Central and North America Costa Rica Saprissa
Oceania Australia South Melbourne

IFFHS World's Best Club Coach[edit]

IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper[edit]

Criticism[edit]

The origin and the nature of the IFFHS have been widely criticised due to the fact that the organization was not created by a committee of national bodies linked to football, thus its appellation as "International Federation" has been considered misleading.[39] Karl Lennartz, a sports historian and professor at the University of Cologne, Germany, called the organization "obscure", describing it as a one man show of its chairman Alfredo Pöge.[40]

The IFFHS rankings and their significance have been a matter of criticism and the largest German news agency, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, refuse to publish them.[39][41] Furthermore, it has been stated that the rankings of the IFFHS are not official and the titles they bear serve merely for publicity.[40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.iffhs.de/saleh-salem-bahwini-is-the-new-president-of-the-iffhs/
  2. ^ a b "The History of IFFHS". IFFHS official website. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  3. ^ Rafa Jiménez, IFFHS: La calculadora del fútbol. Don Balón (1656), 9/15 julio 2007, p.50
  4. ^ a b "¿Qué es la IFFHS?". El Mundo Deportivo. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  5. ^ "International Federation of Football History & Statistics". IFFHS official website. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  6. ^ A couple of former Weltzeitschrift cover pages can be looked up at
  7. ^ a b c Rafa Jiménez, IFFHS: La calculadora del fútbol. Don Balón (1656), 9/15 July 2007, p.50 (in Spanish).
  8. ^ "Does FIFA employ a ranking system for club teams similar to the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for national teams?". www.fifa.com. 28 March 2003. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  9. ^ a b "How the Club World Ranking is made". IFFHS official website. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  10. ^ Or Intercontinental Cup from 1991 to 2005.
  11. ^ a b "IFFHS The World's Club Team for the Year". IFFHS official website. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  12. ^ "1991 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  13. ^ "1992 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  14. ^ "1993 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  15. ^ "1994 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  16. ^ "1995 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  17. ^ "1996 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  18. ^ "1997 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  19. ^ "1998 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  20. ^ "1999 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  21. ^ "2000 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  22. ^ "2001 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  23. ^ "2002 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  24. ^ "2003 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  25. ^ "2004 (Top 25)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  26. ^ "Top 25 (2005)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  27. ^ "Top 25 (2006)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  28. ^ "Top 25 (2007)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  29. ^ "Top 25 (2008)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  30. ^ "Top 25 (2009)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  31. ^ "Top 25 (2010)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  32. ^ "Top 25 (2011)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  33. ^ "Top 25 (2013)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  34. ^ "World Honours: The continental Clubs of the Century". IFFHS official website. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  35. ^ "Europe's club of the Century". IFFHS official website. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  36. ^ "World Football Gala 2010 in London". International Federation of Football History & Statistics. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  37. ^ "Real Madrid, mejor club de Europa del Siglo XX (video de la premiación)" (in spanish). Real Madrid Club de Fútbol official website. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  38. ^ "Ghanaian Club Asante Kotoko Named Africa's Club Of The Century". Goal.com (Goal.com). Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  39. ^ a b Ekejiuba, Andrew (1 September 2012). "IFFHS: Nothing to celebrate about NPL!". National Mirror. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  40. ^ a b von Eggers, Erik (1 September 2008). "Statistisches Phänomen" (in German). die Tageszeitung. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  41. ^ Munene, John (12 January 2011). "IFFHS Ranking-Inter Milan the best club of 2010". Michezo Afrika. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 

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