|By Bhas Kunju
2012 S.League champions Tampines Rovers can add one more accolade to their honour roll after the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) placed them among the top 400 elite clubs in the world.
IFFHS is an organisation that specialises in collating statistical data on global football and receives support and recognition from Fifa. For the period from March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013, the Stags ranked 389th in the world, sharing the spot with the likes of Cagliari Calcio of Italy and Crusaders FC of Northern Ireland.
Chelsea are the number one ranked team in the world, with Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Corinthians taking the second to fourth spots, while Spanish giants Barcelona place fifth. Boca Juniors, Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and Sao Paolo complete the top 10.
The standings are determined by a points system, with dometic leagues and cups receiving two and four points for a draw and a win respectively, while regional and international competitions received a higher proportion of points.
Current Premier League leaders Manchester United only rank 19th in the standings, on par with Celtic of Scotland and Club Libertad of Paraguay, while reigning English champions, Manchester city are 56th, a spot they share with another Paraguayan club, FBC Olimpia.
Liverpool (25), Tottenham (37), Arsenal (50), and Newcastle (65) are the other English clubs that feature in the top 100.
Ulsan Hyundai FC, the 2012 AFC Champions League winner are the highest ranked Asian team at 30th spot, with another Korean team, FC Pohang Steelers, the next highest at 69th.
The highest ranked South-east Asian team is Kelantan FA of the Malaysian Super League who are at 150th with Stade Rennais of France and AIK Solna of Sweden. Chonburi FC of Thailand are next at 159th place. Three other Asean teams feature on the list, namely, Buriram FC (256), Muang Thong FC (351) and Terengganu FA (423).