July 25, 2010

Top 100 Football (soccer) club teams for August 2010

Time once again to introduce my August 2010 FIFA Club Power Rankings. Now, as always, there's going to be some flaws, and doing a hundred teams isn't exactly the most easiest thing to do. Tried to diversify a bit, but the fact is, the upper half will be dominated by UEFA Champions League-bound clubs, while the bottom half will be Europa League-bound clubs, and the middle-of-the-pack clubs in the stronger European leagues (i.e. Serie A, La Liga, EPL, etc.) There's a handful of teams outside of Europe on here, but odds are almost all of them will be overrated in due time. 

Some notes before getting into the rankings:
  • Inter Milan continues to hold the top spot coming off of a Champions' League title, a Serie A title and the nation's domestic cup. They should win the Club World Cup in December.
  • While all the top teams are really good, it's not necessarily a "traditional" top ten, I suppose. Arsenal, AC Milan, Liverpool and Ajax are among the clubs not in the top 10.
  • Only two non-European clubs made the Top 20. Estuadiantes (#16) probably is not a huge surprise, but the MLS club, the Los Angeles Galaxy (#19) (heed Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle) will easily draw some critics. Until now, never has an American club cracked the Top 20 on my list, and the highest before this was in March when the Columbus Crew reached #42. Three other MLS clubs made the list: Real Salt Lake (#45), the Crew (#65) Red Bull New York (#94)
  • CSKA Moscow, the current Russian leaders, and quarterfinalists in last year's Champions League are the highest ranked Europa League-bound club sitting at #12.
  • The list features: 82 UEFA clubs, 8 CONMEBOL clubs, 6 CONCACAF clubs and 4 AFC clubs. No CAF nor OFC clubs made the list.
  1. Internazionale
  2. Barcelona
  3. Manchester United
  4. Real Madrid
  5. Roma
  6. Bayern Munich
  7. Chelsea
  8. Schalke 04
  9. Lyon
  10. Tottenham Hotspur
  11. Milan
  12. CSKA Moscow
  13. Bursaspor
  14. Valencia
  15. Werder Bremen
  16. Estudiantes
  17. Arsenal
  18. Ajax
  19. Los Angeles Galaxy
  20. Auxerre
  21. Sampdoria
  22. Rubin Kazan
  23. Monterrey
  24. Marseille
  25. Flamengo
  26. Twente
  27. CFR Cluj
  28. Manchester City
  29. Panathinaikos
  30. Anderlecht
  31. Benefica
  32. Toluca
  33. Rangers
  34. Atletico Madrid
  35. Libertad
  36. Sevilla
  37. Aston Villa
  38. Napoli
  39. Shakhtar Donetsk
  40. Universidad de Chile
  41. PAOK
  42. Liverpool
  43. Paris Saint Germain
  44. Galasataray
  45. Real Salt Lake
  46. Getafe
  47. Celtic
  48. Braga
  49. Lille
  50. Stuttgart
  51. Sao Paulo
  52. Villarreal
  53. Zenit St. Petersburg
  54. PSV Eindhoven
  55. UNAM
  56. Hapoel Tel Aviv
  57. Everton
  58. Unirea Urziceni
  59. Utrecht
  60. Braga
  61. Birmingham City
  62. Gent
  63. Dundee United
  64. Fulham
  65. Columbus Crew
  66. Basel
  67. AEK Athens
  68. Juventus
  69. Copenhagen
  70. Hibernian
  71. Stoke City
  72. Pohang Steelers
  73. Basel
  74. Brugge
  75. Red Bull Salzburg
  76. AEK Athens
  77. Dynamo Kyiv
  78. Debrecen
  79. Vaslui
  80. AIK
  81. Aris
  82. Aalesund
  83. Kashima Antlers
  84. Sparta Prague
  85. Young Boys
  86. Alianza Lima
  87. Sunderland
  88. Lixtex Lovech
  89. APOEL
  90. Omonia
  91. Maribor
  92. Adelaide United
  93. Wigan Athletic
  94. Red Bull New York
  95. Al-Hilal
  96. Corinthians
  97. America
  98. Koper
  99. Nordsjælland
  100. Suwon Samsung Bluewings

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Anonymous said...

LA Galaxy at #19? Over Man City? Sorry, I'm an MLS fan and an American, but thats not even remotely true.

Tyler Walter said...

Man City's 1-2 loss to Red Bull New York wouldn't help their cause to be higher than LA at the moment, though given their poor Champions League performance, the Galaxy would probably fall a bit on a new list.


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