Barca is better than Manchester United …. again (yes, there are caveats)

Yay for us!

Okay. First off, who the hell knows what this all means, but I will never pass up the opportunity to crow about an accolade heaped upon our beloved club, especially one that is objectively subjective. Or subjectively objective. Or something that isn’t somebody saying “We are best. So there. Neener, neener.”

The IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics) has crunched the numbers, and found that since 1991, we are the best club in the world. That’s world, people, as in monde, mundo, everywhere you might even remotely be able to see when you go outside of wherever you are as you’re reading this, and look around.


Now, for some perspective. It’s only since 1991. EE supporters will say that were it for perpetuity, they would be the best club. And maybe they’d be right. South American football fans might say that their championships aren’t correctly weighted, and that the IFFHS places too much weight on Europe. And maybe they’d be right. Premiership fans would say that the Prem is still the best league in the world, no matter what numbers geeks say, so you Liga wussies can just suck it. And in their context, maybe they’d be right.

Which in no way ameliorates my pride that the club we all love so much, is once again called the best by somebody.

The formula used weights the overall results of all of the national leagues, competitions and cups among the six FIFA confederations (CAF, CONMEBOL, UEFA, AFC, OFC, CONCACAF) and does the math.

Here’s the points breakdown:

1. FC Barcelona 807
2. Manchester United FC 726
3. Real Madrid 633
4. Juventus 633
5. AC Milan 620
6. Inter Milan 605
7. Bayern Munich 599
8. Arsenal 594
9. River Plate 503
10.Chelsea FC 491

Now, Isaiah and I had an e-mail exchange about this earlier today, and being the numbers guy that he is, I’m sure he will have reasons to wave a flag of “Well, I like it, but maybe not” at this. (Yes, that would be a big-ass flag.)

But to me, who could rationally be convinced that 2+2=5, daddy likey, and my little cule heart is warmed to its Blaugrana core.

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In my fantasy life, I’m a Barca-crazed contributor over at Barcelona Football Blog. In my real life, I’m a full-time journalist at the Chicago Tribune, based in Chicago, Illinois.


  1. JMo
    January 21, 2010

    I don’t think much of these things, but like you Kev, I could use the excuse to back up my claim that we’re the best team in the world.

    Especially with my pal who writes for the Republic of Mancunia. (The fan site of the Red devils.)

  2. poipoi
    January 21, 2010

    EE 3rd??!!

    if it wasn’t for this, shortest comment ever 😉

  3. BL
    January 21, 2010

    i don’t like these sorts of things… they always screw it up.

    where is ajax? they were killer in the 90s, they won their league 4 times, captured the CL title with rijkaard in ’95 and then went back to the final in ’96, they also won the uefa cup in ’92.

    complete joke they aren’t on the list and chelsea is… who didn’t win a thing of note between the 50s and 2004.

  4. Zain
    January 22, 2010

    Slightly off topic… but i am just tired of people commenting on whether Guardiola would ever be as great as Ferguson !

    I mean, am i the only person on this blog who thinks that Ferguson is a big jackass ? He has just been incredibly lucky because the English clubs are so tolerant regarding sacking their managers when they dont get results.If he had been anywhere else, I doubt whether anyone would ever know his name.

    Even his achievements have been more due to thuggish tactics and help from referees (especially at old trafford).And dont even get me started on his player management skills ! Right from the Beckham debacle to the recently alleged Vidic issue, he has always been an egoistical maniac !

    Now, think of the qualities of Guardiola and how opposite they are from Ferguson’s.So please, dont even think of ever comparing our beloved Pep to that senile fool !

    By the way, here is what Pique had to say about this –


    • January 22, 2010

      I just hope if people consider the Coaches Unlucky when they fail as they call them lucky when they succeed 🙂

      • Zain
        January 22, 2010

        Ok, keeping luck aside… but don’t u think u need to be at least a good person before u can be considered a great manager ?… I mean, how can you be the best unless the players respect you ??

        I might be a bit unfair on Ferguson, but i still wouldn’t take his name in the same breath as Guardiola’s.

          • Random Juve Fan
            January 23, 2010

            Is that why Milan completley destroyed them every time they meet? CL last year?

          • BarcaFan(BiH)
            January 23, 2010

            I completely agree. Ferguson is terrible tactically.

      • Kxevin
        January 22, 2010

        Never, Ramzi. Never. 😀 It’s one of the complexities of the profession. Sometimes, coaching is as simple as instilling a mental attitude in a current, but very talented set of players, more than riding any real turn in form. Phil Jackson, when he got the Chicago Bulls, knew he had a championship team, but their heads were a mess. Once he fixed that, and got them playing the right kind of defense, the sky was the limit.

        To Guardiola, what he did was more than taking Rijkaard’s players and winning with them. Rijkaard teams, when the other club got the ball, played more of a passive defense, despite the knowledge (which Guardiola figured out pretty quickly) that our back line needed to have the ball coming at it as little as possible. So the defense moved forward. By a LOT. Voila, cleaner sheets and championships galore.

  5. February 24, 2010

    hey there.. good post, I did not think I would find what I was looking for until I came across this site on google!

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