A study places Barcelona as the best Spanish team of the 21st century

FC Barcelona is the best Spanish football team of the 21st century for his results in all competitions, although Real Madrid has surpassed him in titles in Europe, according to a study by the Spanish Football Research, History and Statistics Center (CIHEFE).

Nov 14, 2020 at 12:39 pm

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The work, prepared by soccer researcher José del Olmo, analyzes the evolution of the performance of Spanish teams between the seasons 2000/2001 and 2019/2020 after establishing some scales that affect the results of the matches and that place Real Madrid behind the Catalan club in second position.

To fix the merits, Del Olmo shares the criteria of the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), which it is responsible for annually delivering the award for the best club in the world per calendar year.

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Among other qualifying variables, in the Champions League, the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup, teams can achieve, according to this scale, up to nine points for a win and three for a draw. The results in European competitions, the League or the King’s Cup are also valued, so that to achieve a good position the number of games played and won largely influences the number of games won, more than the titles obtained.

Barcelona leads the classification with 3,465 points, followed by Real Madrid (3,347) and Atlético de Madrid (2,149), which is third despite the fact that this Madrid team has played more than one campaign this period in the Second Division.

They are followed by Valencia (2,139), Sevilla (1,992), Villarreal (1,648), Athletic Club (1,405), Deportivo de La Coruña (1,395), Celta (1,164), Espanyol (1,144), Betis (1,137), Real Sociedad (1,108) ), Malaga (1,035), Getafe (1,028) and Mallorca (1,009), which complete the list of the fifteen clubs that exceed a thousand points in this scale established by CIHEFE.

trajectory

In this sense, Del Olmo told EFE that the most remarkable thing is the great trajectory of Villarreal, a club that at the beginning of the century was an upstart in the First Division and that, despite having played a year in the Second Division, has managed to position itself ahead of clubs with more historical tradition.

The work also specifies the classification by competitions and in the league the best three are Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Valencia and in the Copa del Rey, Barcelona, ​​Seville and Real Madrid.

In the Champions League the best is Real Madrid, ahead of Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid, while Barcelona leads the ranking in terms of the global number of titles obtained with 34, ahead of Real Madrid, with 29.

They are followed by Atlético de Madrid and Sevilla with ten, ahead of Valencia (6), Deportivo (4), Zaragoza (3), Villarreal (2) and with one Athletic Club, Espanyol, Celta, Betis, Mallorca or Malaga, although in this section they add as a title from a Champions League even an Intertoto Cup, a competition that has now disappeared and of a better rank.

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