14 14 Celtic and Spurs ranked higher in 2014 than PL champions Man City! Take a look at the teams featuring between 32 and 11, then click the arrow to see which 10 clubs ranked highest IN THE WORLD! – Man City and Celtic won their respective leagues, with City also picking up the League Cup, but based on the IFFHS points system they trail far behind Tottenham and Chelsea. The Blues, meanwhile, have had a tremendous start to the current season, losing just once between August and December 2014. 14 14 14 The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) have ranked the world’s 500 best football teams for 2014 and it makes for very interesting reading.*How were the world’s best club rankings calculated?Points were awarded for wins and draws, depending on the level of competition, between 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2014.The IFFHS split nations into four levels based on the relative strength of their domestic league, with the strongest leagues at the top (example England/Level 4). A win in a level four league gives a club four points, a draw equates to two points and there are zero points for a loss, regardless of the level.League competitions at the other three levels accrue the following points:Level 3: W = three points, D = 1.5 pointsLevel 2: W = two points, D = 1 pointLevel 1: W = 1 point, D = 0.5 pointIn terms of domestic cups, from the quarter final onwards, 12 points are given for a win, six for a draw and zero for a loss. A match won by penalties is considered to be a draw.Level 3: W = eight points, D = four pointsLevel 2: W = five points, D = 2.5 pointsLevel 1: W = 1.5 points, D = 0.75 pointContinental level competitions are awarded points on this basis… 14 5. Atletico Nacional (Colombia) 249,50 points – The Colombian side won their domestic league and finished runners-up in the Copa Sudamericana, losing to River Plate 3-1 on aggregate. Click to see which powerhouse is fourth… – They are the only non-European club in the top 10. Joint 9th: River Plate (Argentina) and Salzburg (Austria) 228,00 points – click to see which English club is joint 7th! – River Plate won the Argentine Torneo Final, Superfinal and the Copa Sudamericana to make the top 10, along with Salzburg, champions of Austria in 2014 and Austrian Cup winners. 14 14 Bonus points are not handed out for winning a competition.You can see the rankings for the world’s best clubs in the gallery above, while the placings from 128 to 85 were as follows… 14 14 14 Joint 7th: Napoli (Italy) and Arsenal (England) 233,00 points – Napoli won the Coppa Italia and Arsenal the FA Cup last year. Click to find out which traditional European giant is sixth… – Napoli also won the Supercoppa Italiana when they beat Juventus on penalties late in December. Man United have been ranked the 128th best club in world football for the year just passed, racking up 115,00 points in the IFFHS* rankings. That puts them below clubs like Aberdeen and David Moyes’ Real Sociedad! Now click the arrow above, right, to see who else ranked above the Red Devils and find out where YOUR club is placed… – To arrive at their ranking of the world’s best clubs in 2014, between 1 January and 31 December of last year, the IFFHS awarded points for wins and draws (depending on the competition) to football clubs from around the globe. The result put Man United (who had a poor end to the 2013/14 season, missing out on the chance to play in Europe in the latter half of the year) way down in 128th place. To see who features above them, just click the arrow above, right 2. Bayern Munich (Germany) 276,00 points – Bayern topped the 2013 edition after winning pretty much everything, but lost out to a side whose 2014 blew everyone out of the water. Now click to find out which club the IFFHS ranked number one in the world for 2014… – In Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge, Bayern had the Bundesliga wrapped up by March and also won the German Cup. 4. Barcelona (Spain) 251,00 points – They finished second in La Liga, runners up in the Spanish Cup and ended up exiting the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, losing to Atletico Madrid. Who is third? Click to find out… – Barca are one of three Spanish teams in the top 10. The 83rd best club in the world in 2014, with 134,00 points, was Liverpool. That means the Reds were better than Barca! That’s Barcelona of Ecuador, mind you. And LFC finished lower in the rankings than Everton (see the full list of clubs from 83-32 below). Now click the arrow to see which teams ranked from 32 to 11… – Liverpool had a brilliant start to 2014 in the Premier League, but a poor second half of the year. Combined with an early FA Cup exit and poor Champions League results, and the Reds finished a rather disappointing 83rd in the IFFHS rankings. Click the arrow to see where Tottenham, Celtic, Man City and Chelsea placed in this list of the world’s best clubs from 2014 6. Juventus (Italy) 245,00 points – In 2014 Juventus won a third consecutive Serie A title. Click to find out which club makes a surprise surge into fifth… – The Old Lady lost just six times last year and, together with Napoli, are the only two Italian clubs in the top 20. 14 14 3. Atletico Madrid (Spain) 249,00 points – Under Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid won La Liga and were the Champions League runners-up. Click to see who are runners up in this ranking of the world’s best clubs! – Chelsea players Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois were among those who helped Atletico to the top. 14 Click here for more from the IFFHS The IFFHS rankings from 83 to 32 were… 1. Real Madrid (Spain) 381,00 points – Real Madrid won 22 consecutive games between 16 September and 20 December 2014 including the Club World Cup. They won the Spanish Cup, UEFA Super Cup and the Champions League last year, too. – Click here to see the full list.