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08.02.2006 Football News

Faisal Closes Gap On Kotoko

By CUBAGEE(RADIO B.A.R-SUNYANI)

City rivals King Faisal gained vital ponits whiles Kumasi Asante Kokoko dropped valuable ponits to close gap on the porcupine warriors in the latest world club rankings .Previously ranked 121,Kokoko moved thirteen steps backwards to occupy 134 .King Faisal jumped three steps up wards from their previous position of 138 to 135.Accra Hearts Of Oak also ended on a disappointing note by moving backwards from 243 to 291 Top 350(1st February 2005 - 30th January 2006)

1.(1.)Liverpool FC England/4 319,0 2.(2.)FC Internazionale Milano Italia/4 309,

3.(3.)FC Bayern München Deutschland/4 297,0

4.(4.)Milan AC Italia/4 267,0

5.(5.)CSKA MoscowRussia/3 254,0

6.(7.)Olympique LyonnaisFrance/4 248,0

7.(7.)São Paulo FC Brasil/4 246,0

8.(9.)Arsenal FC London England/4 241,0

9.6.)PSV EindhovenNederland/3 240,0

10.(16.)Juventus FC Torino Italia/4 239,0

11.(12.)CA Boca Juniors Buenos Aires Argentina/4 236,0

12.(10.)Manchester United FC England/4 232,0

13.(14.)AZ Alkmaar Nederland/3 231,0

14.(11.)Villarreal CF España/4 229,0

15.18.) FC Barcelona España/4 229,0

16.(13.)Chelsea FC London England/4 223,0

17.(17.)AJ Auxerroise France/4 211,0

18.(15.)AS de Monaco France/4 207,0

19.(35.)Real Madrid CF España/4 203,0

20.(24.)CA River Plate Buenos Aires Argentina

83(77.) Al Ahly Cairo Egypt/2

92.(94.) Etoile Sportive du Sahel Tunisie/2 99.

99.(80.) FAR Rabat Maroc/2

104.(93.) Dolphins FC Port Harcourt Nigeria/2

108.102.) RAJA Casablanca Maroc/2

111.(110.) ASEC Mimosas Abidjan Côte-d'Ivore 121.(127)Enyimba International FC Aba Nigeria/2

134.(121.) Asante Kotoko Kumasi Ghana/2 101,0

135.(138.) King Faisal Babies Kumasi Ghana/2

155.(158.) Espérance Sportive de Tunis Tunisie/2

229.(232.) Rangers International FC Enugu Nigeria/2

291.(243.) Hearts of Oak SC Accra Ghana/

337.(346.) ZANACO FC Lusaka Zambia/2 2

Meanwhile amendments had been made in the calculations of the Club World Ranking for(2006) When the rules for calculating the Club World Ranking were made in 1990, the national club competition of the national football associations played a greater role for clubs than it does now. In the meantime, however, this national cup competition in many countries has lost much of its former importance, particularly amongst the top clubs. This is also a consequence of the greater number of matches played in the continental cups, as well as the continental Cup Winners' Cups being abolished over the last 15 years. In Brazil, teams who participated in the Copa Libertadores are excluded by the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol from playing in the Copa do Brasil. As a result of these changes, the old 2:1 ratio of national championship to national cup competition no longer corresponds with the reality. Thus, beginning with the 2006 season respectively 2006/07 season, a ratio of 3:1 will be used for national championship (75%) and national cup competition (25%). Therefore, teams from the strongest leagues (Group 4) will receive 12 points each for the last four rounds, those from the second-strongest leagues 8, those from the third-strongest leagues 5, and those from the weakest leagues (Group 1) 2.5 points. All other details not will be changed. Furthermore, all play-offs in national championships everywhere will be treated as regular league matches. Latin American clubs will benefit the most from this ruling, which will come into effect beginning with 2006. Ongoing national cup competitions will be treated according to the old rules for the duration of the 2005/06 season. For reasons of global uniformity and fairness, the Club World Ranking cannot be linked up to individual countries or clubs. Likewise, historical titles cannot be considered, only national and international results from the last 12 months. Due to the high turnover of players, the performance of a given team may vary greatly over one year. The international club competitions must be played under the authority of FIFA or one of their six continental Confederations. All national leagues are rated at four levels based upon performance. In this grouping, each country (where the club plays) is assigned a number indicating the performance level of each national league. Clubs in the highest level leagues receive 4 points for each match won, 2 for a draw and 0 for a defeat. Level 2 is assigned 3 pts. (win), 1.5 (draw) and 0 (lost), and so on with the next lower levels. The same system applies for the play-off matches.

In the continental competitions, all clubs receive the same number of points at all stages regardless of the performance level of their leagues. In the case of draws each team receives 50% of the points in dispute and 0 points for a lost match. The points are distributed equally to teams in matches decided by penalty-kicks. All Asia, Africa and CONCACAF continental competitions have the same point-assignment system: 8 points for a win, 4 for a draw; in the preliminary tournament phases for The Caribbean and Oceania zones, only 4 and 2 points are assigned for win and draw. In the South American competitions the clubs receive 12 points for a win, 6 for a draw; and in the European 14 and 7 points, respectively. Competitions between two continents are evaluated depending upon their importance. In the FIFA World Club Cup, the awarding system for wins and draws is determined by averaging the number of points assigned for wins and draws in each of the other continental competitions.

Those competitions not organized by a continental confederation, or any intercontinental events not recognized by FIFA, are not taken into consideration for the Club World Ranking. Any competition cancelled before completion alters the point system. In order to equalise the chances of South American and European clubs we do not consider the result of previous matches already played in said tournament.

The Club World Ranking is a precise classification showing the real level of the clubs free of any subjective influence. It is the result of a profound analysis that allows us to fairly report the level of international performance for each country.

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