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Welcome to the Oosterpark Rankings, the most complete historical club football rankings on the internet. On this site, you will find club world rankings calculated from the very beginning of football as we know it in the season 1871/1872. The main part of the rankings is the all-time club world ranking, composed by taking into account over 60,000 database entries in terms of trophies won and (bonus)points obtained, awarded to nearly 5,000 clubs across the globe. That basically means all club football competitions "worth mentioning", at domestic league and cup level as well as continental and intercontinental competitions were taken into account. From Real Madrid to Zoundourma, any club that's ever won anything noteworthy is listed somewhere in the rankings.
The Oosterpark Rankings take an interest only in club football and regional and world club rankings. At times, requests for league or even international football rankings have been made, but there are enough of those available on the internet. To the best of my knowledge, there is no comparable all-time club football ranking though, certainly not at world club level, which is why ClubWorldRankings.com focuses on them. By its very nature the project will always be 'work in progress'. This is why occasionally retroactive changes to the rankings may occur, even though with the 10th anniversary update of 27 September 2009, we've probably passed the point where it affects the top of the rankings. Nevertheless, whenever hitherto unknown facts, competitions and the like surface, they will be included in the rankings.
Champions League semi final impact on Oosterpark Rankings
Posted 21.04.2013 by Mark de Vries
As the UEFA Champions League moves into the semi final phase, we take a look at how the Final Four fare in the Oosterpark Rankings…
Like last season, the clubs ranked first (Real Madrid), second (Barcelona) and fourth (Bayern München) have made it to this stage. And just like during the 2011/12 campaign, they’re accompanied by an outfit (Borussia Dortmund) who started the year just outside the top-40, but who have made great progress in recent seasons.
Real Madrid have been top dogs since 1958, and while not as extremely successful as during the stint that saw it build a margin of over 40% to its “nearest” rivals at the time (Los Merengues’ early 1980s lead over Peñarol, Independiente and Celtic), they’re still the 4th highest points scoring outfit since the year 2000. Yes, both Barca and Bayern (and Boca Juniors) have done better, but for all the oohs and aaaahs surrounding Messi & Co, they’ve only made up just over 700 points since the turn of the millennium. That leaves Real’s lead at a healthy 1,973 points over Barcelona. Even if the Catalan side win every trophy on offer for the foreseeable future, it’d take until at least 2016 before Real Madrid can possibly overtaken. With José Mourinho surely on his way out of Bernabéu, he’ll be looking to leave on a high, and rather fittingly Real’s 10th European Cup would also see them break the 10,000 points barrier in the all-time club world rankings.
The above reference to Barcelona making up some 700 points since the year 2000 doesn’t tell the whole story. That timeframe includes Real Madrid’s Champions League successes in 2000 and 2002, which actually restored their monster margin at the very top (over Juventus at the time) to over 38%. The balance of power has changed though, and Barça are the best thing since sliced br… erm, since 2006, grabbing almost four times (2,292 v 593) as many points in this most recent period. It is highly selective to pick “eras” like that though, so we’ll stick to the overall picture: their fantastic recent form has taken them comfortably clear of third-placed AC Milan (despite the Italians having won the EC/CL more often, the total trophy haul speaks in Barcelona’s favour), but with lots and lots of work to do before taking Morley’s Sceptre off their arch-rivals.
Bayern München are on fire this season. Having already been crowned Bundesliga champions and breaking domestic record after record, they’ll consider the title to have returned where it rightfully belongs. Deep in their Bavarian hearts, though, they’ll want the Big One, the European Cup they came so close to winning twice in the past three years (granted, not as close as in 1999). Memories of last year’s home defeat against Chelsea are especially painful. Upon their fourth and thus far last European Cup triumph, Bayern climbed from 9th to 4th in the Oosterpark Rankings, their best-ever ranking. In the mid-2000s, Juventus, Liverpool and AC Milan passed the Germans again (retrospectively, when the Calciopoli scandal surfaced and saw the Turin side stripped of their titles Bayern got 6th place back), but in the last five years the Munich side have scored enough points on the domestic and European scenes to retake fourth place. They had a golden opportunity to go one better and move into third position, but lost the 2012 Champions League Final in their own Allianz Arena. This year, FC Hollywood get another shot at the virtual podium, and know that only ultimate CL glory will take them there.
Borussia Dortmund will probably finish the league season as Vizemeister, with a points tally that in many seasons might have sufficed for the title. This year, Bayern were simply too good, and also eliminated Borussia from the German Cup. After two league titles on the bounce (and the German Double last season) Jürgen Klopp’s men have bigger fish to fry this season, and find themselves in the semi final of the Champions League for the first time since the 1997/1998 season. Fifteen years ago, they were title holders when they faced Real Madrid at this stage, and lost to the Spanish side who went on to win the competition for the first time in 32 years. The present-day Dortmund have already shown Real what they’re made of, winning the Group of Death (featuring the league champions of the top-3 countries in the 5-year UEFA coefficients) that contained both clubs. And Borussia know what Spanish blood tastes like, having taken care of Malaga in typical German stoppage time style in the quarter finals. Ranked 42nd overall, Dortmund have the most to gain by winning the competition. Merely qualifying for the final might lift them one place (should Sparta Praha fail get their hands on either the Czech league trophy or their domestic cup), winning the CL will certainly take Die Borussen to a new all-time high of 37th and within striking range of another half dozen clubs, including incumbent European Champions Chelsea.
So the field contains the reigning Spanish champions, La Liga’s champions-elect, the previous Bundesliga champions as well as the new masters of Germany. The Spanish giants may be favourites in the eyes of most pundits and spectators alike, but they’re not invincible. A year before the World Cup in Brazil, it’s also interesting to see how the backbone of two serious title contenders there, Spain and Germany, functions at club level. The Road to Wembley continues this week!
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Posted 09.02.2013 by Footballtop.com
Top 5 Football Clubs 2012
There are a lot of things that can be said and have been said about those clubs who are recognized the best. The top 5 football clubs in 2012 according to Footballtop.com are those how are most supported and most valuable for the fans around the world. They are the best not only on the pitch but also for among the fans that do their utmost to support their favourite club team. Top 5 clubs according to the website are the following.
The fifth position takes Manchester United. The Red Devils have outrageous support around the world. Some survey suggested that around 1 billion fans around the world directly or indirectly support the guys of Sir Alex Ferguson. Their success is mostly predetermined by the fact that they constantly compete on the top level for any title they can possibly win. Moreover Manchester United are currently on top of the Premier League and qualified for the Champions League knock-out stage. However the season 2011/12 left the Mancunians without a trophy which didn’t let them get higher than the 5th position.
The fourth position is occupied by a team that gave us one of the most exciting Champions League performances of the recent times. Chelsea FC became those who produced one of the most powerful defence mechanisms that annihilated majestic attacking abilities of Napoli, Benfica, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Their spirit and discipline in defence brought them to the spectacular Champions League victory which couldn’t but win the hearts of football fans. However this season was marked by another main coach resignation and change of philosophy. Roberto Di Matteo was sacked for unsatisfactory results and his position was occupied by Rafael Benitez who is not yet as efficient as he was long time ago, that’s why Chelsea are fourth and not higher.
The fans placed CSKA Moscow on the third position on the list which is not as unusual as it may seem from the first sight. Last season the club delivered reached the 1/8 stage of the Champions League where they were just unlucky to encounter classy Real Madrid. Moreover CSKA are doing well in the current Russian Premier League campaign. After 19 games played the side are two points ahead of the closest rival Anzhi Makhachkala and 5 points ahead of the current champion Zenit St. Petersburg. It gives the fans a reason to be proud of their team and to continue supporting them as ruthlessly as they did before. CSKA have very strong fans movement in Russia and other post-soviet countries and this support strengthens from game to game.
The second place is occupied by FC Barcelona. Blaugrana is well known to a regular fan as an attacking machine. Barcelona is not just a club. Barcelona is a certain style of football with a lot of short passing and hence spectacular attacking actions that make their rivals get closed up in the penalty box and just put up with the fact that they are most likely to lose the game. It’s almost impossible to imagine Barcelona playing another way taking into account that most of its players were brought up in the club’s system and have never been taught to play differently. However Barcelona came second in 2012 both in La Liga and on this rating list. Be sure, titles would change the situation in 2013.
The first place is given to Real Madrid. The glorious side with the best players in the world on each position, best coach in the world, best captain in the world. Jose Mourinho built the team mastered to overcome Barcelona and win La Liga of 2011/12 alongside with the hearts of ordinary football lovers who come to follow the side regardless its current position on the table. Real Madrid is just a legendary club and no continuation to that is necessary.
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The Oosterpark Rankings present Recopa Mundial, a boxing-style title contest featuring all former Intercontinental and World Club champions. For full details, use the site navigation at the top of this page.
A 0x0 draw in the Campeonato Paulista on 3 March 2013 gave Santos their 26th Recopa Mundial victory (and their 8th on the bounce). Having failed to qualify for Copa Libertadores and having already met São Paulo in the State Championship, Santos' next title defence is unscheduled as yet. It may come in a Paulista final against São Paulo or in Copa do Brasil, depending on how those competitions pan out. Otherwise, we'll have to wait for Brazil's Serie A kick off at the end of May.
Record champions by club:
Boca Juniors, 84 times
River Plate, 58
Vélez Sarsfield, 23
São Paulo, 19
Racing Club, 16
AC Milan, 6
Real Madrid, 6
Also qualified but as yet without a successful title challenge:
Atlético Madrid, 0
Bayern München, 0
Borussia Dortmund, 0
Crvena zvezda, 0
FC Porto, 0
Manchester United, 0
Next title match: see top of this page!
Title wins by nation, excluding domestic competitions but allowing clashes between two sides from the same country in international club competitions:
Title wins by confederation, intercontinental matches only:
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Business Era Club Football Rankings
One of the many rankings available through the site navigation are the Club Football Rankings since 1992, called "the business era rankings" since 1992 was the year when money started to talk more than ever in football, as Champions League and Premier League were founded. This ranking probably suits the football fan with a passion for short(er) term achievements. In any case, it does take away the historical advantage early-organised countries may enjoy in the real all-time rankings starting in 1872 (even though in actual fact this effect is rather small, as explained in the Guide to the Rankings).
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A quick glance at the theoretical number of 2013 points still available...
Primary Majors: 205 trophies for 1,953 pts
Secondary Majors: 150 trophies for 695 pts
Minor trophies: 71 trophies for 130 pts
Bonus points: 512 bonuses for 1,205+ pts
2013 Points Table available now:
We're allergic to disclaimers, so let it suffice to say that all stuff like club logos are the property of their respective owners etc... Please note these rankings are not officially endorsed by FIFA (there is no such thing as an official FIFA club world ranking because FIFA doesn't rank football clubs, it restricts itself to national teams) or any of its regional or national (con)federations. Nor are the Oosterpark Rankings in any way linked to the IFFHS club world ranking, be it their monthly club world ranking or their "all-time" world ranking, which isn't all-time in the first place.
August 16 Court
The August 16 Court is the place where decisions regarding the all-time rankings are made when arguments are put forward for inclusion of "missing" competitions, re-valuation of events etc... Its second case concerned FK Pribram and whether or not it was to be seen as a continuation of Dukla Praha, as was the case until now.
Sources at the time the Oosterpark Rankings were first drawn up were adament that the club that by then had changed its name to FC Marila Príbram was at least the spiritual successor carrying on Dukla's tradition, but events over the years have taken away the power behind the original argument.
To cap it all off, a new club has emerged under the name of one of the former Eastern Block's most illustrious teams, although that has a pretty weak case if it would ever to claim to be THE famous Dukla from the Czech capital.
This case does appear to have a lot in common with the old Wimbledon FC: being moved elsewhere in the country and fans starting a new club with pretty much the old name. In that situation, the old club was considered extinct as far as the Oosterpark Rankings are concerned, with potential new future entries for MK Dons (the owners' path) and AFC Wimbledon (the fans' route). That is also how clubworldrankings.com will treat the Prague case.
Ultimately, the rankings have been adapted to split the combined 1,082 points those clubs scored. The 1,077 scored under the Dukla Praha name (until 1990, though the club ceased to exist six years later) are listed as such, leaving that club in 87th place in the all-time rankings, as was the place of the continuation club now playing in Pribram. It makes Dukla the highest ranked club that doesn't exist anymore today, taking that sad accolade over from Admira Wien, with Belfast Celtic now third on that list.
As for 1.FK Pribram: they find themselves back in 2326th position, with five points to their name, the last of them coming in 2004. None of us will live to see the day they pass the legendary Dukla, if they ever will...
These club world rankings were named after FC Groningen's old Oosterpark Stadium, which was closed and demolished in 2006. And in case you were wondering where the green star logo comes from: that too is meant to uphold a tradition: for many years the Oosterpark Rankings were hosted by zelenazvezda.com, which is Bulgarian for green star.
Apart from the all-time world club rankings, this site also features many regional listings: by continent (or by confederation membership to be precise), and, in the case of the stronger leagues, domestic ratings too. The latter ones do include points scored outside a nation's boundaries as well, so as not to be reduced to a simple reflection of the number of league titles, which they otherwise would turn out to be.
Other available rankings include those per era (19th, 20th and 21st century, continental competition era, business era. The full historical tables are available through the navigation button at the top of each page. What follows below is a quick glance at the (current) leaders in those sub-categories.
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