ESPN's World Club Top 25

January 2, 2006

Chelsea posted three wins during the holiday week to move back into the top spot in the ESPN World Club Top 25 in the first ranking of 2006. Juventus, sitting at home during the Serie A winter break, had held the top spot in the rankings for eight straight weeks.

  • The ESPN World Club Top 25, a computer-based ranking of the world's top clubs, was developed by the staff at ESPN International in 1999. Now in its sixth season, the Top 25 formula takes into consideration performances in league, continental and cup competitions.

    The Top 25 is released every week throughout the football club season.

    ESPN's World Club Top 25
    Club Country Points Comment
    1. Chelsea England 328.83 Three wins during holiday fixtures
    2. Juventus Italy 326.35 Winter break.
    3. Bayern Munich Germany 300.60 Six-point lead in Bundesliga.
    4. Barcelona Spain 297.84 Club record 13th straight win.
    5. Boca Juniors Argentina 273.05 Summer break.
    6. Inter Milan Italy 266.78 Winter break.
    7. AC Milan Italy 260.92 Winter break.
    8. Lyon France 257.87 Winter break.
    9. Liverpool England 253.88 Win streak ends with tie at Bolton.
    10. Hamburg SV Germany 236.34 Winter break.
    11. Werder Bremen Germany 232.25 Winter break.
    12. PSV Netherlands 231.66 Held to 1-1 draw by FC Twente.
    13. Manchester United England 223.80 Trail Chelsea by 14 points.
    14. Corinthians Brazil 223.36 Summer break.
    15. Osasuna Spain 218.61 Winter break.

    16. Arsenal

    England 214.92 Did not allow a goal in three holiday fixtures.
    17. Inter - PA Brazil 209.19 Summer Break.

    18. AZ Alkmaar

    Netherlands 207.81 2-0 loss to Feyenoord.
    19. Villarreal Spain 207.54 Winter break.

    20. America

    Mexico 205.94 Winter break.
    21. U Catolica Chile 204.76 Summer break.

    22. Fiorentina

    Italy 204.05 Winter Break.

    23. Real Madrid

    Spain 202.01 Winter break.

    24. Velez Sarsfield

    Argentina 201.45 Winter Break.

    25. Fenerbache

    Turkey 196.72 Turkish league leaders.