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://iffhs.de/

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]

Last updated: 14 January 2016 - IFFHS

Top 50
(Club World Ranking 2015)
Pos. Team Confederation Points
1 Spain Barcelona UEFA 379.0
2 Italy Juventus UEFA 286.0
3 Italy Napoli UEFA 268.0
4 Germany Bayern Munich UEFA 263.0
5 France Paris Saint-Germain UEFA 257.0
6 Spain Real Madrid UEFA 241.0
7 Colombia Santa Fe CONMEBOL 240.0
8 Italy Fiorentina UEFA 236.0
9 Argentina River Plate CONMEBOL 234.5
10 Germany VfL Wolfsburg UEFA 232.0
11 Germany Borussia Dortmund UEFA 228.0
12 Spain Sevilla UEFA 226.0
13 Argentina Boca Juniors CONMEBOL 220.0
14 England Arsenal UEFA 216.0
15 Switzerland Basel UEFA 213.5
16 Mexico Tigres UANL CONCACAF 213.0
17 Italy Lazio UEFA 212.0
18 Brazil Internacional CONMEBOL 210.0
18 Spain Athletic Bilbao UEFA 210.0
20 France Monaco UEFA 209.0
21 Ecuador Emelec CONMEBOL 207.5
22 Belgium Club Brugge UEFA 207.0
23 Spain Atlético Madrid UEFA 206.0
24 Scotland Celtic UEFA 202.0
25 Brazil Corinthians CONMEBOL 198.0
26 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb UEFA 195.0
27 Spain Villarreal UEFA 194.0
28 Paraguay Club Guaraní CONMEBOL 193.5
29 Argentina Racing Club CONMEBOL 192.0
30 Ukraine Dynamo Kiev UEFA 189.0
31 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg UEFA 187.5
32 Brazil São Paulo CONMEBOL 182.0
32 Portugal Porto UEFA 182.0
34 Argentina Huracán UEFA 178.5
35 France Saint-Étienne UEFA 178.0
35 Tunisia Étoile CAF 178.0
37 Germany Bayer Leverkusen UEFA 177.0
38 Italy Roma UEFA 175.0
39 Turkey Fenerbahçe UEFA 174.5
40 England Manchester United UEFA 174.0
41 Netherlands Ajax UEFA 173.5
42 England Liverpool UEFA 172.0
43 Greece Olympiacos UEFA 171.5
44 Austria Rapid Vienna UEFA 171.0
45 Portugal Sporting CP UEFA 169.0
45 Ukraine Dnipro UEFA 169.0
47 Paraguay Club Libertad CONMEBOL 168.0
48 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli AFC 166.0
49 Paraguay Estudiantes CONMEBOL 165.0
50 England Chelsea UEFA 165.0

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.[36] 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.[37]

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.[38][39]

Region Team
Europe Spain Real Madrid
South America Uruguay Peñarol
Africa Ghana Asante Kotoko[40]
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]

IFFHS World's Best Playmaker[edit]

Spanish playmaker Xavi has won the most awards, with a record four consecutive wins between 2008 and 2011.

The IFFHS World's Best Playmaker is a footballing award which, since 2006, is given annually to the best playmaker of the year, as chosen by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).[41]

France's Zinedine Zidane was the first ever winner of the award, in 2006.

The award is awarded every January at the World Football Gala: the winning playmaker is awarded a gold trophy. Spain's Xavi has won the award a record four consecutive times, while compatriot Andrés Iniesta has won the award twice. Barcelona is the club with the most wins, with seven in total.

Year Player Club
2006 France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid
2007 Brazil Kaká Italy Milan
2008 Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona
2009 Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona
2010 Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona
2011 Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona
2012 Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona
2013 Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona
2014 Germany Toni Kroos Germany Bayern Munich / Spain Real Madrid
2015 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona

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. ^ "CLUB WORLD RANKING 2014". IFFHS. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  35. ^ "CLUB WORLD RANKING 2015". IFFHS. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  36. ^ "World Honours: The continental Clubs of the Century". IFFHS official website. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  37. ^ "Europe's club of the Century". IFFHS official website. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  38. ^ "World Football Gala 2010 in London". International Federation of Football History & Statistics. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  39. ^ "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. 
  40. ^ "Ghanaian Club Asante Kotoko Named Africa's Club Of The Century". Goal.com (Goal.com). Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  41. ^ a b "Former Results". IFFHS. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 

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