IFFHS Ranking-Inter Milan the best club of 2010

IFFHS Ranking-Inter Milan the best club of 2010

IFFHS Ranking-Inter Milan the best club of 2010

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Macdonald Mariga’s Inter Milan dominated 2010 club football according to the latest International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) ranking published on 12 Jan 2011.

According to IFFHS official site, Inter Milan (300 points) finished first followed by Bundesliga Side Bayern Munich (268 points) while last year’s top side Barcelona FC (266 points) takes third position. Spanish side Atletico Madrid (244 points) and Argentina’s Estudiantes de La Plata (235 points) complete the list of top 5.

Under the charismatic leadership of Coach Jose Mourihno (FIFA Coach of the year 2010) Inter won the Champions League, The Serie A and Italian Cup. Inter has also been nominated for  Team of the Year Award at the Laureus World Sports Awards 2011, which are to be announced in Abu Dhabi from 5 to 7 February.

Liverpool (232 points) is the best ranked English Premier League (EPL) side at position 6.Chelsea (222 points) and Manchester United (222 points) tie at position 8. London based Arsenal (175 points) moved up 4 places to position 35 while EPL rich boys Manchester City (172 points) rank 5 position lower than them at position 40.

Oliech’s AJ Auxerre (140 points) is ranked at position 77, a good achievement considering that Auxerre is the 192nd largest city in France.

In top league rankings, The Spanish La Liga (1092 points) takes pole position, with The English Premier League (1039 points) and Italian Serie A (1021 points) in second and third position respectively.

Since 2006 the IFFHS has awarded world's most popular football player based on online user votes. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was the first recipient while Al-Ahly’s and Egypt’s international Mohamed Aboutrika winning it in 2007 and 2008. Persian Karim Bagheri who plays in the Iran Pro League is the 2010 winner.

According to Wikipedia, IFFHS  was founded on 27 March 1984 at Leipzig (Germany) by Dr. Alfredo Pöge with the blessings of general secretary of the world football governing body at the time, Dr. Helmut Käser. The ranking system 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).

The IFFHS ranking however faces criticism with a German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur abstaining from publishing its rankings. The significance of IFFHS rankings and election has also remained a debatable topic across media channels.

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