CAF Clubs of the 20th Century

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On 31 December 2000 the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has published a ranking with the most successful clubs of the 20th century in the African continent (CAF African Club of the Century).


The ranking was calculated by the exclusively on the basis of performance by African teams throughout their participation in CAF club competitions (from the quarter-finals to final) from 1964 to 2000.[1] Clubs' performance from the Group Stage of the Champions League, international competition run by CAF since 1997, have been included.[1] Regional competitions organized by football associations members to the organization has not been considered. Clubs' performance on the first edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, held in Brazil in January 2000, has been included in the ranking.[1]

CAF's classification of African clubs is made on the following basis:

Competition 5 Points 4 Points 3 Points 2 Points 1 Point
CAF Champions League
Champion Runner up Semifinalist 3rd in Group Stage 4th in Group Stage
African Cup of Champions Clubs
Champion Runner up Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
African Cup Winners' Cup
Champion Runner up Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
Champion Runner up Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
CAF Super Cup
FIFA Club World Cup
Each round

Top Ten Africa's clubs of the 20th Century:[1]

Position Team Country Pts.
1 Al Ahly  Egypt 40
2 Zamalek  Egypt 37
3 Raja Casablanca  Morocco 35
4 Asante Kotoko  Ghana 34
Canon Yaoundé  Cameroon 34
6 Espérance Tunis  Tunisia 27
ASEC Mimosas  Ivory Coast 27
8 Hearts of Oak  Ghana 26
9 Africa Sports  Ivory Coast 25
10 JS Kabylie  Algeria 20
11 Englebert  Democratic Republic of the Congo 19

Full list published by CAF on 31 December 2000 (top 18)

Nationality is indicated by the corresponding FIFA country code(s).

Based on this statistical study, Egypt's Al-Ahly was named as "African club of the century" by the continental governing body on 31 December 2000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "CAF African Clubs Ranking". Retrieved 2009-09-24.

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