I came across an interesting article:

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  1. dror_khayat

    dror_khayat Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    hello mates.
    I came across to a very interesting article of "soccer digest"(I think it's a magazine),while they ranked their greatest 25 club sides of the last quarter century.I am sure many of you have already read that article.here is their explanation of the ranking,plus their top 10:

    AS SOCCER DIGEST CONTINUES TO celebrate its silver anniversary, we look back at the best club teams in the world--from Europe, South America, and even the United States--during the magazine's lifetime.

    This was no simple task. Winning the European Cup or the Champions League (which replaced the former competition in 1992) did not necessarily translate into a place in the top 25. And, because a quarter of a century is such a wide expanse, teams are allowed to be listed multiple times. For example, it would be unfair to mix the Bayern Munich teams of the 1970s with the ones of recent vintage. It would be even worse to have to choose between the two editions.

    Here are SOCCER DIGEST'S top 25 clubs of the past quarter-century:

    1. A.C. Milan (1988-90)

    Few soccer teams have been able to win matches and entertain their fans at the same time, but for two incredibly memorable seasons in Italy's Serie A, Milan did just that

    Skill and panache have rarely so blended with intelligence and consistency. Milan combined the marvelous creative skills of the Dutch trio of Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit, and Frank Rijkaard with the core of the 1990 Italian national team (defenders Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta, Paolo Maldini, and hard-nosed midfielder Roberto Donadoni, who eventually played two seasons with the MetroStars).

    They were a joy to watch--and were champions as well, taking the European Cup victory lap in consecutive years under the guidance of future Italian national coach Arrigo Sacchi.

    2. Real Madrid (1997-2000)

    In soccer's modern age, Real Madrid accomplished something no other club has been able to do: win two European Champions League crowns (1998 and 2000) in three tries with two different coaches (Jupp Heynckes and Vicente Del Bosque, respectively). Real did it with the same core of players: defenders Fernando Hierro and Brazil's Roberto Carlos, Argentina midfielder Fernando Redondo, and goal-scoring machine Raul.

    Now, if this success could brush off on Spain's underachieving national team ...

    3. Bayern Munich (1976)

    This memorable season was Franz Beckenbauer's last hurrah as a German club star before he departed for the NASL. This Bayern team, which included goalkeeper Sepp Maier and striker Gerd Mueller of the 1974 world champions, as well as star forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, capped off a brilliant three-year run as European Cup champions, also having won the crown in 1974 and 1975. Detmar Cramer was the coach.

    4. Manchester United (1992-2001)

    It was fitting that the final year of the 1990s climaxed with an incredible season for United, who that year walked away with England's version of the treble: the Premiership, FA Cup, and the Champions League. United--led by Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Irish midfielder Roy Keane, English midfielder David Beckham, Welsh winger Ryan Giggs, and Trinidad & Tobogan forward Dwight Yorke--had enough topflight players to field two competitive sides. United also had a flair for the dramatic, most notably when the team rallied from a one-goal, 89th-minute deficit to stun Bayern Munich, 2-1, in the 1999 Champions League final.

    5. Barcelona (1991-94)

    Nineteen ninety-two was a special year for this Catalan city. It hosted the Summer Olympics and--after having to settle for the Cup Winner's or UEFA Cup in previous seasons--the pride and joy of Nou Camp Stadium captured its first Champions League title with a 2-0 win over Sampdoria. With the great Johan Cruyff at the coaching helm and an impressive international lineup that included Ronald Koeman, Michael Laudrup, and Hristo Stoitchkov (now of the Chicago Fire) this was a difficult side to beat.

    6. Liverpool (1980-1984)

    The Reds boasted a pair of great squads during the past 25 years--one in the 1970s, the other in the '80s. The 1980s teams dominated English soccer and were considered the better of the two, with Ray Clemence manning the nets for the 1981 European Cup champions and Bruce Grobbelaar doing the same three years later. This Liverpool side's hopes of further Euro glory went down in flames in 1985 when all English clubs were banned from continental competition after 39 Italian fans died during pregame fighting with Reds supporters at that year's final.

    7. Ajax (1994-95)

    Do the names Edwin Van der Sar, Frank and Robert De Boer, Frank Rijkaard, Edgar Davids, and Patrick Kluivert ring a bell? Probably, but this wasn't the Dutch national team, just the Netherlands' most famous soccer club. Ajax are well known for two reasons: They set a high standard for Dutch soccer by capturing the Champions League crown and they serve as a springboard for many players to move to larger, richer clubs.

    8. Sao Paolo (1991-93)

    Coach Tele Santana failed to win the World Cup with Brazil in 1982 and 1986, but he assembled a talented side that found international glory at the club level. Sao Paolo won both the Libertadores Cup and the World Club Cup in successive years. The key players were Paris St. Germain midfield Rai--the younger brother of 1986 World Cup `star Socrates--defender Cafu, and midfielder Leonardo, best known in the U.S. for fracturing American midfielder Tab Ramos' skull in a 1994 World Cup second-round match.

    9. Nottingham Forest (1978-80)

    Although Forest didn't boast many big names, it would be difficult to ignore the last team that won back-to-back European Cup crowns. English international goalkeeper Peter Shilton and fellow national-teamer Trevor Francis, John Harkes' first coach at Sheffield Wednesday, were the team's leaders.

    10. Marseille (1990-1993)

    Thanks to the high-stakes age of big-name transfers, Marseille were able to quickly rebuild themselves in only a matter of years. After losing in the European Cup final in 1991--despite boasting Jean-Pierre Papin, Chris Waddle, and Ghanan Abedi Pele--coach Raymond Goethals managed to forge another formidable side, one that took the most important victory lap of the 1993 season. The new-look team boasted a pair of players who wound play vital roles in France's climb to the 1998 world championship--Fabien Barthez in the net and Didier Deschamps in the midfield--with German Rudi Voeller and Pele up front. That triumph, however, was marred by a match-fixing scandal that exiled Marseille to the Second Division for a couple of seasons.

    *ok,so now I just want to ask you some questions:
    1.have you already read that article before?
    2.if yes,so how do you think they did this ranking?I mean,did they do this
    ranking by a poll between "soccer digest" readers(like the BBC radio program
    did yesterday),or was it just a panel of experts that did this ranking together?

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