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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]

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/

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]

Contents

Club World RankingEdit

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.

CriteriaEdit

Criteria for national competitions:[9]
Competition Points for a win Points for a draw
National Leagues in Level 1 4.00 2.00
National Leagues in Level 2 3.00 1.50
National Leagues in Level 3 2.00 1.00
National Leagues in Level 4 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 rankingEdit

Last updated: 14 January 2016 - IFFHS

Top 50
(Club World Ranking 2015)
Pos. Team Confederation Points
1   Barcelona UEFA 291.0
2   Juventus UEFA 286.0
3   Napoli UEFA 268.0
4   Bayern Munich UEFA 263.0
5   Paris Saint-Germain UEFA 257.0
6   Real Madrid UEFA 241.0
7   Santa Fe CONMEBOL 240.0
8   Fiorentina UEFA 236.0
9   River Plate CONMEBOL 234.5
10   VfL Wolfsburg UEFA 232.0
11   Borussia Dortmund UEFA 228.0
12   Sevilla UEFA 226.0
13   Boca Juniors CONMEBOL 220.0
14   Arsenal UEFA 216.0
15   Basel UEFA 213.5
16   Tigres UANL CONCACAF 213.0
17   Lazio UEFA 212.0
18   Internacional CONMEBOL 210.0
18   Athletic Bilbao UEFA 210.0
20   Monaco UEFA 209.0
21   Emelec CONMEBOL 207.5
22   Club Brugge UEFA 207.0
23   Atlético Madrid UEFA 206.0
24   Celtic UEFA 202.0
25   Corinthians CONMEBOL 198.0
26   Dinamo Zagreb UEFA 195.0
27   Villarreal UEFA 194.0
28   Guaraní CONMEBOL 193.5
29   Racing Club CONMEBOL 192.0
30   Dynamo Kyiv UEFA 189.0
31   Zenit Saint Petersburg UEFA 187.5
32   São Paulo CONMEBOL 182.0
32   Porto UEFA 182.0
34   Huracán CONMEBOL 178.5
35   Saint-Étienne UEFA 178.0
35   Étoile CAF 178.0
37   Bayer Leverkusen UEFA 177.0
38   Roma UEFA 175.0
39   Fenerbahçe UEFA 174.5
40   Manchester United UEFA 174.0
41   Ajax UEFA 173.5
42   Liverpool UEFA 172.0
43   Olympiacos UEFA 171.5
44   Rapid Wien UEFA 171.0
45   Sporting CP UEFA 169.0
45   Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk UEFA 169.0
47   Club Libertad CONMEBOL 168.0
48   Al-Ahli AFC 166.0
49   Estudiantes La Plata CONMEBOL 165.0
50   Chelsea UEFA 165.0

The World's Club Team of the YearEdit

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 CenturyEdit

In 2009, the IFFHS released the results of a statistical study which determined the best continental clubs of the 20th century.[37] 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 worldwide club competitions or those submitted in the IFFHS Club World Ranking, available since 1991.[38]

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.[39][40]

Region Team
Europe   Real Madrid
South America   Peñarol
Africa   Asante Kotoko[41]
Asia   Al-Hilal
Central and North America   Saprissa
Oceania   South Melbourne

IFFHS World's Best Club CoachEdit

IFFHS World's Best GoalkeeperEdit

IFFHS World's Best PlaymakerEdit

 
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).[42]

 
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 and Argentine Lionel Messi have won the award twice. Barcelona is the club with the most wins, with eight in total.

 
Lionel Messi is the only player in history to have won the IFFHS award in three different categories: World's Best Playmaker, World's Best Goalscorer and World's Best Top Division Goalscorer.
Year Player Club
2006   Zinedine Zidane   Real Madrid
2007   Kaká   Milan
2008   Xavi   Barcelona
2009   Xavi   Barcelona
2010   Xavi   Barcelona
2011   Xavi   Barcelona
2012   Andrés Iniesta   Barcelona
2013   Andrés Iniesta   Barcelona
2014   Toni Kroos   Bayern Munich /   Real Madrid
2015   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2016   Lionel Messi   Barcelona

IFFHS World's Women Best PlaymakerEdit

 
Brazil's Marta was the first ever winner of the award, in 2012.
Year Player Club
2012   Marta   Tyresö FF
2013   Lena Goeßling   VfL Wolfsburg
2014   Nadine Keßler   VfL Wolfsburg
2015   Carli Lloyd   Houston Dash
2016   Dzsenifer Marozsán   Olympique Lyon

IFFHS World's Women Best GoalkeeperEdit

 
U.S goalkeeper Hope Solo has won the most awards, with a record four consecutive wins between 2012 and 2015.
Year Player Club
2012   Hope Solo   Seattle Sounders Women
2013   Hope Solo   Seattle Reign
2014   Hope Solo and   Almuth Schult   Seattle Reign /   VfL Wolfsburg
2015   Hope Solo   Seattle Reign
2016   Sarah Bouhaddi   Olympique Lyon

IFFHS World's Best Woman ClubEdit

CriticismEdit

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 founder Alfredo Pöge.[45]

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.[46] Furthermore, it has been stated that the rankings of the IFFHS are not official and the titles they bear serve merely for publicity.[45]

ReferencesEdit

  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. 
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  27. ^ "Top 25 (2006)". IFFHS. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
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  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. ^ http://iffhs.de/club-world-ranking-2016/
  37. ^ "World Honours: The continental Clubs of the Century". IFFHS official website. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  38. ^ "Europe's club of the Century". IFFHS official website. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  39. ^ "World Football Gala 2010 in London". International Federation of Football History & Statistics. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  40. ^ "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. 
  41. ^ "Ghanaian Club Asante Kotoko Named Africa's Club Of The Century". Goal.com. Goal.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  42. ^ a b c d e "Former Results". IFFHS. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  43. ^ "THE WORLD'S BEST PLAYMAKER 2016 : Lionel Messi | IFFHS". IFFHS. 2016-12-29. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  44. ^ "THE WORLD’S BEST WOMAN PLAYMAKER 2016 : Dzenifer Marozsan". IFFHS. 2016-12-29. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  45. ^ a b von Eggers, Erik (1 September 2008). "Statistisches Phänomen" (in German). die Tageszeitung. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  46. ^ Munene, John (12 January 2011). "IFFHS Ranking-Inter Milan the best club of 2010". Michezo Afrika. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 

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