The top 10 best football club in the world
1. FC Barcelona
Not a hard one this. The Blaugranas have mesmerized nearly every opponent they’ve played in opposition to within the last few years. The group looked pretty tasty beneath Frank Rijkaard’s management but has moved on to even higher issues with Pep Guardiola at the helm. In 2009 they won every single tournament in which they competed such as the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup. The players that don the well-known shirt are names to salivate over – Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta – which makes Barcelona the team that everybody measures themselves in opposition to.
No doubt this choice will rub some people up the wrong way but when you take a look at their performances in England and Europe their case gets stronger. Premier League champions in three with the last six years, they’ve also won the FA Cup three times in four years. Around the continental stage Chelsea might not have lifted the European Cup yet but they have reached five semi-finals in the final seven years, making it to the final in 2008 once they had been a penalty kick and a coat of paint away from glory. Having recently added entertainment to their efficiency, Chelsea has developed into the most constant team around.
3. Manchester United
They are the group that everybody – in England, at least – loves to hate. Partly its due to their perceived arrogance but mainly its simply because of their exceptional knack of successful trophies. They combated the emergence of Jose Mourinho’s Roman Abramovich funded Chelsea by winning 3 Premier League titles in between 2007-09, beating their arch-rivals within the 2008 UEFA Champions League ultimate for good measure. While the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo has blunted United slightly and see them lose their domestic crown, their capability to make the very best of their resources indicates they stay a threat on all fronts.
4. AC Milan
Deciding regardless of whether to consist of the Rossoneri on a list of the greatest teams close to was a difficult one particularly as they’ve not won their domestic championship since 2004. However, a lot of their demise was a result of the Calciopoli scandal and in the meantime they nonetheless lifted their seventh European Cup in 2007 beating Liverpool in the ultimate. 2009/10 saw a more respectable third location finish in Serie A and an expensively assembled strike force of Ronaldinho, Robinho, Alexandre Pato and Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be set to fire them to former glories.
5. Real Madrid
The nine-time European Cup winners polarize football fans’ opinions more than most clubs. The glamour is undeniable but arrogance and posturing coupled with the famous galactico era has left a sour taste in the mouth of several. Still, they never fail to finish in the top two of Spain’s La Liga and when they’re beaten towards the title it is by FC Barcelona which is no disgrace. They’ve faltered on the European stage of late and had been even relegated to becoming second seeds in the draw for the group stages with the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League. But with new manager Jose Mourinho on the helm there is every likelihood of that standing becoming changed rapidly.
Internacional are by no indicates the first name that would come to mind whenever you thought of Brazilian soccer clubs. Most would consider Flamengo, Santos, Corinthians, Vasco da Gama and honest couple of more before you arrived at the second club from Porto Alegre (Ronaldinho’s Gremio tops that checklist)! But Inter would be the reigning Copa Libertadores champions, adding a 2nd title in August to the one they received in 2006. That exact same year they also won the FIFA Club World Cup coincidentally beating Ronaldinho’s FC Barcelona in the final. Could they repeat the double in 2010?
7. Bayern Munich
The ‘Manchester United of the Bundesliga’, the Bavarian giants are not terribly popular among neutral supporters in their own country. But there is no denying their standing because they must decorated group in Germany with an incredible 22 league titles to their title to go with 4 European Cups. Their run towards the 2010 UEFA Champions League final might have relied on some great fortune and questionable refereeing but the attacking threats of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller were as potent as anyone in Europe. They have suffered a sketchy start towards the new 2010/11 season but are heavily favoured to win domestically and to reach the company finish of competition in Europe.
8. Olympique Lyonnais
Lyon has had an exceptional decade. They had never won Ligue 1 until 2002 and then they did it seven years in a row. During that period they steadily progressed in the UEFA Champions League, gaining the enviable habit of knocking out Actual Madrid along the way. Their appearance within the semi-final of last year’s tournament was the primary in their history and although their pre-eminence in France is diminishing they remain a continental force.
9. Al Ahly
The Egyptian champions may not have the same cache as a FC Barcelona or Manchester United in Europe but in Africa they are big news. They had been named because the continent’s ‘Club of the Twentieth Century’ and claimed their sixth Egyptian Premier League title in a row in May 2010. Additional to that, Al Ahly have won 3 with the final five CAF Champions League titles to continue their dominance in Africa through to the twenty-first century.
10. Inter Milan
The reigning European Champions have enjoyed a renaissance over the past decade. A European large that continually flattered to deceive finally broke their Scudetto drought after becoming awarded the title thanks to the Calciopoli scandal that engulfed Italian football in 2006. Although they might have won that year’s Serie A by default, they received the subsequent four fair and square. Jose Mourinho arrived as manager in 2008 with a brief to win the UEFA Champions League and he duly obliged in May 2010 prior to jetting off to rescue another fallen giant, Real Madrid.