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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, March 22, 2010

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If you liked last week's shakeout, you're going to love this; four teams have been dropped from the Top 25 altogether, including one that was earlier making pretensions (appropriate choice of word) at a top 10 spot. Chelsea were swiftly punished for their Champions League exit while the fortunes...

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, March 22, 2010

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If you liked last week's shakeout, you're going to love this; four teams have been dropped from the Top 25 altogether, including one that was earlier making pretensions (appropriate choice of word) at a top 10 spot. Chelsea were swiftly punished for their Champions League exit while the fortunes of..

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, March 15, 2010

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Welcome back! This week comes our first big shakeup of the season, as two clubs from the top half of our table were eliminated from European competition. One of these teams had very real pretensions of making a run at the final season top spot. Or so they thought. They were exposed as mere...

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, March 15, 2010

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Welcome back! This week comes our first big shakeup of the season, as two clubs from the top half of our table were eliminated from European competition. One of these teams had very real pretensions of making a run at the final season top spot. Or so they thought. They were exposed as mere... [[..

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, March 15, 2010

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Welcome back! This week comes our first big shakeup of the season, as two clubs from the top half of our table were eliminated from European competition. One of these teams had very real pretensions of making a run at the final season top spot. Or so they thought. They were exposed as mere... [[..

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, March 1, 2010

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We are on the precipice of a crucial period of the season in world club soccer, where the pretenders are separated from the contenders. So pay close attention to this week's rankings because they may be about to be shaken, not stirred. Remember that we only count two-leg matchups as one result, so...

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, March 1, 2010

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We are on the precipice of a crucial period of the season in world club soccer, where the pretenders are separated from the contenders. So pay close attention to this week's rankings because they may be about to be shaken, not stirred. Remember that we only count two-leg matchups as one result,...

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, March 1, 2010

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We are on the precipice of a crucial period of the season in world club soccer, where the pretenders are separated from the contenders. So pay close attention to this week's rankings because they may be about to be shaken, not stirred. Remember that we only count two-leg matchups as one result,...

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Feb. 15, 2010

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Welcome back! It's been an interesting couple of weeks. Barca suddenly looked mortal yesterday, losing at Atletico Madrid. So did Chelsea, thanks to Landon Donovan and Everton a week ago, and Inter Milan, after draws to Parma and Napoli. With the leaders of the "big three" leagues all effectively...

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Feb. 15, 2010

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Welcome back! It's been an interesting couple of weeks. Barca suddenly looked mortal yesterday, losing at Atletico Madrid. So did Chelsea, thanks to Landon Donovan and Everton a week ago, and Inter Milan, after draws to Parma and Napoli. With the leaders of the "big three" leagues all...

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Feb. 15, 2010

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Welcome back! It's been an interesting couple of weeks. Barca suddenly looked mortal yesterday, losing at Atletico Madrid. So did Chelsea, thanks to Landon Donovan and Everton a week ago, and Inter Milan, after draws to Parma and Napoli. With the leaders of the "big three" leagues all...

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Feb. 1, 2010

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Well, well. The very top of the rankings should not be in very much doubt at this point, as neither Barcelona nor Chelsea dropped any points in the last fortnight. But then things get interesting. How interesting? You'll have to read on to find out: 1. Barcelona Last ranking: 1 Record... [[...

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Feb. 1, 2010

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Well, well. The very top of the rankings should not be in very much doubt at this point, as neither Barcelona nor Chelsea dropped any points in the last fortnight. But then things get interesting. How interesting? You'll have to read on to find out:

1. Barcelona
Last ranking: 1
Record (wins-losses-ties, in all competition; two-leg match-ups count as one): 24-2-6
Results of note: (chronological order) Beat Shakhtar Donetsk (at the time ranked 14th) in the UEFA SuperCup, Aug.

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Feb. 1, 2010

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Well, well. The very top of the rankings should not be in very much doubt at this point, as neither Barcelona nor Chelsea dropped any points in the last fortnight. But then things get interesting. How interesting? You'll have to read on to find out: 1. Barcelona Last ranking: 1 Record... [[...

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Jan. 18, 2010

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Welcome to the first top 25 of the new decade. Hard to believe but this is now our fourth year of doing this. You just can't rest if you want to be the best. How would the latest ranking be affected by events of the past month? Would Barcelona lose their top spot after dropping out of Copa del...

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Jan. 18, 2010

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Welcome to the first top 25 of the new decade. Hard to believe but this is now our fourth year of doing this. You just can't rest if you want to be the best. How would the latest ranking be affected by events of the past month? Would Barcelona lose their top spot after dropping out of Copa del Rey? Would resurgent Italian clubs (Milan and Roma) move up and if so, how much?

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Jan. 18, 2010

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Welcome to the first top 25 of the new decade. Hard to believe but this is now our fourth year of doing this. You just can't rest if you want to be the best. How would the latest ranking be affected by events of the past month? Would Barcelona lose their top spot after dropping out of Copa del...

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, year-end 2009 edition

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Barcelona won their final and hoisted their sixth trophy in a fitting conclusion to the 2009 calendar year. Barca were dominant this year and it is entirely appropriate that they end the year at the very top of our rankings. Behind them, things got a little messy (not to be confused with Messi, Lionel), thanks largely to English clubs choking against inferior competition.

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, year-end 2009 edition

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Barcelona won their final and hoisted their sixth trophy in a fitting conclusion to the 2009 calendar year. Barca were dominant this year and it is entirely appropriate that they end the year at the very top of our rankings. Behind them, things got a little messy (not to be confused with...

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, year-end 2009 edition

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Barcelona won their final and hoisted their sixth trophy in a fitting conclusion to the 2009 calendar year. Barca were dominant this year and it is entirely appropriate that they end the year at the very top of our rankings. Behind them, things got a little messy (not to be confused with...

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Dec. 14, 2009

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You might call the week that was Separation Week in European soccer. The Champions League group stage completed play and with it the chances of certain clubs finishing in the top 10 by season's end (you know who you are, Juventus). Other teams are resurgent, having rescued their seasons from the brink (Bayern Munich).

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Dec..7, 2009

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With Chelsea losing we knew we'd have a new number one team. And with Barcelona winning both games they played last week, we had a pretty good idea who that team would be. Fine, but what about the rest of the top 25? Specifically, where would Manchester City end up? They would be included, right? Only one way to find out folks.

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Nov. 30, 2009

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A very telling weekend in world soccer is behind us. In England, Chelsea passed the latest test thrown its way. In Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona fought each other tooth and nail in a match that was decided in Barca's favor. In Italy, Inter Milan expanded. How did it all reflect in the top 25? Take a look:

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Oct. 5, 2009

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T'was a very busy week for the world's top soccer clubs, with a full round of Champions- and Europa-league action as well as domestic competitions. Several top 10 clubs lost games and were dropped to the second tier as a result. Who would replace them? Read on to find out. Note: The Top 25 will not appear next Monday due to the internationals break.

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Sept. 28, 2009

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Some major upsets in Italy and England had the potential to shake up the Top 10 this week. Did they? A little. Take a look:

1. Real Madrid
Last ranking: 1
Record (wins-losses-ties, in all competition; two-leg match-ups count as one): 6-0-0
Results of note: None yet.
Commentary/recent results: Real beat both opponents last week, Villareal and Tenerife, without giving up a goal.

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Sept. 21, 2009

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It was a very busy week in topflight soccer, with Top 25 clubs playing twice, oftentimes against each other. Remarkably, there were no major upsets to report, leaving the top 10 very much unchanged. The second tier, however, was all shook up. Let's get to it:

1. Real Madrid
Last ranking: 1
Record (wins-losses-ties, in all competition; two-leg match-ups count as one): 4-0-0
Results of note: None yet.

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Sept. 14, 2009

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The world's top club leagues returned to action after a two week layoff for international matches. With one exception (you know who you are, Arsenal), the top clubs in our ranking won their games this weekend. Ahead of the UEFA Champions League schedule, which kicks off this week, things are about to get very interesting.

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Sept. 1, 2009

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Well so much for posting fewer Top 25 lists! Turns out so many things happened this weekend, most of them flying in the face of our predictions, that we felt an update was in order. Here it is:

1. Real Madrid
Last ranking: 1
Record (wins-losses-ties, in all competition; two-leg match-ups count as one): 1-0-0
Results of note: None yet.

group stage

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Nov. 23, 2009

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After all the drama surrounding the international games (specifically one hand ball by one Frenchman in overtime of one World Cup qualifier playoff match) it's good to get back to the relative serenity of club football. Granted this weekend was really just warmup for the week ahead, which besides Champions League action will also feature Barca v.

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Nov. 9, 2009

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There was a lot of action in topflight soccer last week, with a full suite of Champions League, Europa League and domestic competition on tap. After the dust settled, however, the number one team is the same one it's been for three weeks running now. Not that anybody should be surprised by that. There was plenty of movement elsewhere in the top 25 however.

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Nov. 2, 2009

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Welcome to November. A week of domestic competition is behind us. This week clubs go back to work in the Champions- and Europa Leagues (as well as the Copa Sudamericana but those clubs do not figure in the Top 25 at this point). Here's where they stand ahead of a crucial week in those competitions:

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The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Oct. 26, 2009

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It was a crazy week in European club soccer with the top three clubs all getting upended at key points. The fourth didn't do much better, drawing a Champions League encounter at home. So who was left to take over the top spot? Or would we forgive one of the top four's transgressions? Read on to find out.

The world's top 25 soccer clubs, Oct. 19, 2009

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And we're back. Is it just me or did the internationals break feel a lot longer than two weeks? Anyway, club soccer was back in action this weekend, with several surprising results. How did that affect our rankings? Let's take a look:

1. Barcelona
Last ranking: 1
Record (wins-losses-ties, in all competition; two-leg match-ups count as one): 9-0-2
Results of note: Beat Shakhtar Donetsk (at the time ranked 14th) in overtime in the UEFA SuperCup, Aug.