The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) has released its ranking of club sides in world football and while Real Madrid being named number one might not come as too much of a surprise, River Plate were rewarded for their excellent 2014 by being named ninth on the list.
The IFFHS is a statistical organization that since 1991 has produced a monthly world club ranking. This is compiled by attributing points to clubs for victories depending on the competitions that they are competing.
Real Madrid winning the Champions League meant that they leapfrogged 2013’s top dogs, Bayern Munich to the number one spot. Their presence near the top of the list is expected as is the inclusion of Atlético Madrid and Barcelona in the top five.
However, River Plate find themselves listed at number nine after a 2014 which saw them capture the Torneo Final and the Copa Sudamericana. Marcelo Gallardo took the good work of Ramon Diaz in the first half of the year and build on this. A more dynamic River came close to completing a league and Copa Sudamericana double and with the IFFHS’ points system it is easy to see how River would be considered so successful.
Interestingly, River were not the highest ranked South American side as Atlético Nacional of Colombia came in fifth despite losing to River in the Copa Sudamericana final.
Further down the list there were places for other Argentine clubs with Copa Libertadores champions, San Lorenzo the next best placed, down in 18th.
IFFHS Top Ten Club Ranking
1. Real Madrid – 381 points
2. Bayern Munich – 276 points
3. Atlético Madrid – 267 points
4. Barcelona – 251 points
5. Atlético Nacional – 249.5 points
6. Juventus – 245 points
7. Arsenal – 233 points
8. Napoli – 233 points
9. River Plate – 228 points
10. Red Bull Salzburg – 228 points
18. San Lorenzo – 204 points
21. Lanús – 201 points
53. Vélez Sarsfield – 155 points
59. Boca Juniors – 150 points
62. Arsenal de Sarandi – 148 points
75. Estudiantes – 140 points