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IFFHS: Juventus Best Italian Club Of All-Time

Del Piero celebrates Juventus’ 1995/96 Champions League victory!The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) have released their fifteen year study a couple days ago in their quest to compile 'The All-Time Club World Ranking'. To no one's surprise at the Juventus Offside, our Bianconeri have placed quite high. So high in fact that not only are we the top ranked Italian team of all-time, but we came in second spot as the all-time greatest club in the world. Come on, second? Now I'm no math major but hear me out. You take the derivative B (Baggio) in order to find the maximum value of S (Schillaci) with respect to V (Vialli) and R (Ravanelli), if we then consider the value Z (Zidane) as the ideal player and value D (Del Piero) as the expected level of performance, you then can cross multiply values N (Nedved) with values B (Buffon) and divide by the premium T (Trezeguet) with respect to C (Camoranesi) in order to find Juventus' utility function for the all-time club world ranking. Sure sounds like first to me.

To give some you background information on the IFFHS in case you've never heard of it before it was founded in Leipzig on March 27, 1984, by Dr. Alfredo Poge. It is registered with the Royal Danish State Office. The IFFHS is all about establishing a scientific chronological documentation of world football and determining authentic world records in all areas of football. Despite what many critics of the list may think, the IFFHS claims that it will tolerate no political, military, religious, ethnic or national influence, and in this regard follows FIFA and UNO. The IFFHS also states that its activities are in accordance with the efforts and guidelines of FIFA for the statistical reproduction of the world soccer.

IFFHS' All-Time Club World Ranking

1. FC Barcelona España 670
2. Juventus FC Torino Italia 584
3. Manchester United FC England 579
4. Real Madrid CF España 570
5. Milan AC Italia 547
6. FC Bayern München Deutschland 509
7. FC Internazionale Milano Italia 488
8. CA River Plate Buenos Aires Argentina 475
9. Arsenal FC London England 472
10. FC do Porto Portugal 405
11. AFC Ajax Amsterdam Nederland 400
12. Parma AC Italia 373
13. Chelsea FC London England 350
14. Liverpool FC England 344
15. SS Lazio Roma Italia 342
16. Valencia CF España 338
17. CA Boca Juniors Buenos Aires Argentina 329
18. AS Roma Italia 319
19. Glasgow Rangers FC Scotland 308
20. São Paulo FC Brasil 290
21. BV Borussia Dortmund Deutschland 285
22. Paris Saint-Germain FC France 284
23. Spartak Moscow Russia 278
24. AS de Monaco France 277
25. Club Brugge KV Belgique 260
Olympique Lyonnais France 260
27. Club Atlético de Madrid España 255
Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña España 255
29. Glasgow Celtic FC Scotland 236
30. Feyenoord Rotterdam Nederland 227
31. SV Werder Bremen Deutschland 226
32. CD América Cali Colombia 225
33. CSD Colo Colo Santiago Chile 222
34. Sport Lisboa e Benfica Portugal 221
35. Grêmio de Foot-Ball Porto-Alegrense Brasil 212
36. AJ Auxerroise France 204
37. Newcastle United FC England 197
38. Cruzeiro EC Belo Horizonte Brasil 194
39. PSV Eindhoven Nederland 192
40. FBC Olimpia Asunción Paraguay 188
41. Galatasaray SK İstanbul Türkiye 187
42. RSC Anderlecht Belgique 182
43. Olympique de Marseille France 181
44. SE Palmeiras São Paulo Brasil 162
45. TSV Bayer Leverkusen Deutschland 159
46. CA Vélez Sarsfield Argentina 153
47. CD Universidad Católica Santiago Chile 149
48. Club Nacional de Football Montevideo Uruguay 142
FC Schalke 04 Deutschland 142
50. FC Girondins de Bordeaux France 139
Real Zaragoza CD España 139
52. AC Sparta Praha Česká Republika 138
53. FC de Nantes France 136
54. Cerro Porteño FBC Asunción Paraguay 135
55. CDC Atlético Nacional Medellín Colombia 130
56. CR Vasco da Gama Rio de Janeiro Brasil 127
57. Torino Calcio Italia 126
58. Dinamo Kiev Ukraina 123
59. Panathinaikos Athens Greece 113
60. CR Flamengo Rio de Janeiro Brasil 112
61. Santos FC Brasil 111
62. CA San Lorenzo de Almagro Buenos Argentina 107
SK Slavia Praha Česká Republika 107
64. FK Crvena zvezda Beograd Srbija 105
65. Real Club Deportivo Mallorca España 103
66. SC Corinthians Paulista São Paulo Brasil 95
67. Real Betis Balompié España 93
68. Sevilla FC España 91
69. Leeds United AFC England 87
70. Sampdoria UC Genova Italia 83
71. Eintracht Frankfurt Deutschland 76
72. VfB Stuttgart Deutschland 75
73. Villarreal CF España 74
74. AEK Athens Greece 73
CSKA Moscow Russia 73
76. Lokomotive Moscow Russia 72
77. Olympiakos Piräus Greece 69
78. CA Peñarol Montevideo Uruguay 68
SC Internacional Porto Alegre Brasil 68
80. AC Firenze Italia 64
81. CA Mineiro Belo Horizonte Brasil 57
82. AZ Alkmaar Nederland 56
FC Steaua Bucureşti România 56
Lille Olympique Sporting Club France 56
85. Tottenham Hotspur FC England 55
86. AFC Rapid Bucureşti România 51
87. CA Independiente Avellaneda Argentina 50
RCD Espanyol Barcelona España 50
89. AD São Caetano Brasil 48
Sporting Clube de Portugal Lisboa Portugal 48
91. Hamburger SV Deutschland 46
92. FC Kaiserslautern Deutschland 43
Beşiktaş SK İstanbul Türkiye 43
94. CF América Ciudad de México México 40
Racing Club de Lens France 40
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach Deutschland 40
97. Boavista FC Porto Portugal 39
Bologna Calcio Italia 39
Cienciano del Cusco Peru 39
Club Deportivo Guadalajara México 39
Karlsruher SC Deutschland 39
Real Club Celta de Vigo España 39

How They Came Up With Their Point System

An All-time Club World Ranking can only be meaningful and useful if it can be determined by taking account all the results of the national championships, the national cup competitions, the club competitions of the six continental confederations. It is therefore only possible to determine an All-time Club World Ranking from January 1st, 1991 – when the Club World Ranking began taking all these details into consideration. The period from 1872 to 1990 can only be asssessed subjectively, mostly by using national and international champions as a guide. It follows that teams placed in the individual competitions cannot be taken into consideration, even if their titles were won easily or in spite of many defeats. It is simply not possible to establish a basis for giving all participating clubs an equal opportunity for the period 1872 to 1990. The IFFHS has therefore has decided, logically, that the All-time Club World Ranking should be determined from January 1st, 1991 using the annual Club World Ranking (the situation at 31st December annually). For this it will take into consideration the "Top 50 Clubs", annually and award them points from 50 points for the top club down to 1 point for the club in 50th place. Adding the points from the individual years for each club will provide the All-time Club World Ranking. (To Quote their official site)

Roberto Baggio and Zidane after winning their European Footballer of the Year awards.

What do you non-Juventini think? Tough to argue against our place on the list with the Juventus of the 90's, either way you look at it.