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Premier League is the best in the world

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The English Premier League has been named as the best league in the world for the second time in a row by The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFHHS).

This feat repeats the achievement in the previous year and is largely due to last season's Champions League, which was dominated by English teams.

The Italian Serie A was in second place after receiving the same number of points as 2007. Italian football has much improved on the field this year, despite its persistent critics with its environment, low attendance in many cities and few up-to-date stadiums.

Argentine Primera Division was third best league in the world as Argentine clubs achieved great success in club competitions of CONMEBOL in 2008.

The shocking news is Spanish La Liga was in fourth place, dropping down from second in 2007. According to the IFFHS, the Spanish clubs did poorly in the Champions League and UEFA Cup, as well as other competitions which are taken into consideration. This caused La Liga to drop 122 points fewer than the previous year.

This classification has been determined annually by the IFFHS since 1991 on the basis of all national (championship, domestic cup) and (inter)continental results of the clubs, and it is recognized as the most precise in rating the leagues of the world.

However, whether the IFFHS is to be considered the legitimate judge as to which league is the best in the world is a debate on its own, because all football fans will side by their favored leagues.


Top 10 World's Best National League in 2008

NamePoints
1.England1192.0
2.Italy1031.0
3.Argentina1020.0
4.Spain952.0
5.Brazil942.0
6.Germany922.0
7.France847.0
8.Mexico683.0
9.Portugal649.5
10.Ukraine620.0


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