Friday, December 9, 2022



The Best Teams in the World 2021 – PlayOn99 News



The IFFHS launched the ranking of the best clubs of 2021 and the one that took the highest position is a historical surprise. PlayOn99 News shows you who the top scoring teams were last year and why they are rated this way.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics released the 2021 ranking and for the first time in history the first place goes to a Brazilian team.

Palmeiras, current two-time champion of the Copa Libertadores de América, took first place and made history for Brazilian and American football, as he dethroned Bayern Munich, leader of the list in 2020.

Brazil is the country with the most teams -5- in the Top 20 and the highlight is Barcelona’s fall from position 13 to 32 after the departure of Lionel Messi and the dismal role of Atlético Madrid, LaLiga champion, in rank 75.

How is the IFFHS Club World Ranking calculated?

There are several aspects that the organization takes into account every year and count from January 1 to December 31: games won, goals scored and conceded, and titles won, among other general aspects.

The main thing is based on awarding points to each team -like a league system- depending on the competition in which it finds itself. For example, higher level leagues receive 4 points for a win and 2 for a draw, while the level below is awarded 3 for a win and 1.5 for drawing, and so on.

International tournaments are the most relevant because they award extra points: the Champions League and Cup Libertadores of América award 14 points for a win and 7 for a draw, while the Europa League and Cup South American award 12 and 6 for a win and a draw.

The tournaments in Africa, Asia and Concacaf have lower points and Oceania is in the last step, while the FIFA Club World Cup awards 14 points in the semifinals and 21 in the grand final.

The best 20 teams in the world in 2021

  1. Palmeiras – Brazil

Verdao won the continental tournament for the second time in a row and added 322 points to dethrone Bayern Munich from last year’s top.

  1. Atletico Mineiro – Brazil

The team from Belo Horizonte became the champion of the Brasileirao, reached the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores with great performances in all the tournaments they play and in PlayOn99 News we include them in the best teams to our liking.

  1. Manchester City – England

The Citizens stayed with the Premier League and were runners-up in the Champions League to reach a total of 300 points.

  1. Chelsea – England

Thomas Tuchel’s team was European champion and was only 11 points behind its rival in the final because it had a lower performance in the local tournament.

  1. Flamengo – Brazil

With the largest fans in the world, those from Rio de Janeiro equaled Chelsea in points -289- and are the third Brazilian team among the best five.

  1. Dinamo Zagreb – Croatia
  2. Bayern Munich – Germany
  3. Real Madrid – Spain

The Meringues were much more consistent in the second half of 2021 and finished well above the rest of the Spanish teams. Even that the champion of La Liga, Atlético Madrid, who finished in 75th place.

  1. Ajax – Netherlands
  2. Athletico Paranaense – Brazil

The Brazilians were champions of the Cup South American and added many points despite fighting relegation in their local tournament.

  1. Paris Saint Germain – France
  2. Juventus – Italy

Despite not being champions and being far from the top positions, the Vecchia Signora positioned themselves quite high in the standings, being the best Italian team above Inter Milan, champion of Serie A.

  1. Manchester United – England
  2. SL Benfica – Portugal
  3. Olympiacos – Greece
  4. Villarreal – Spain

The Yellow Submarine was champion of the Europa League in 2021 and more than fulfilled in the Champions League where they advanced to the round of 16 during the second half.

  1. Red Star Belgrade – Serbia
  2. AS Roma – Italy

The team from the capital did not have great seasons in the two parts of 2021, but they reached the semifinals in the Europa League and it helped them to climb to this position.

  1. Red Bull Bragantino – Brazil

The Brazilians were the best positioned team for the energy drinks brand for having reached the final in the Cup South American and playing a great role in the Brasileirao, fighting for the top positions until the end.

  1. Al Ahly – Egypt




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