International federation of history of football and statistics has surprisingly named Tottenham Hotspur above Arsenal in the best footballing clubs in the world. To think that Arsenal have always been over shadowing Tottenham in terms of achieving silverware and the club’s stature it’s a surprising decision.
The statistics released by IFFHS are made up via a points system in which clubs pick up points for wins or draws in their domestic and continental competitions. The number of points available is judged on how competitive the competitions are that each club has to play in. The Premier League is ranked as one of the top leagues and therefore Tottenham were able to gain the maximum points for a win or a draw.
Tottenham’s run in last season’s Europa League also had a major bearing on their ranking. They reached the quarter final stage before being eliminated by Basel but with the competition being seen as a major tournament the North London club picked up valuable points. Tottenham have also progressed to the knock out stages in this year’s campaign and they currently lie 5th in the Premier League which has helped them to add to their tally.
In total Tottenham picked up 240,000 points just four points off 6th placed PSG and closely followed by Basel in 8thplace. Notable clubs that Tottenham were ranked above include both the Manchester clubs, Italian champions Juventus and local rivals Arsenal. Arsenal failed to make it into the top ten after finishing 12th in the list on 218,000 points.The top three included Champions League winners Bayern Munich in first place with 370,000 points, followed by Real Madrid in second and Chelsea in third.
The IFFHS boffins insist their system is fair but it usually leaves fans scratching their heads.