AMMAN — Wihdat dropped from 346th to 365th place while Faisali went up four spots from 356th to 352nd in the latest top 400 Club World Ranking of the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) issued on the weekend.
Spain’s FC Barcelona top the list, followed by England’s Chelsea FC, Argentina’s Boca Juniors Buenos Aires, Spain’s Atletico Madrid, Brazil’s Corinthians São Paulo, Germany’s Bayern Munich, Spain’s Real Madrid, Italy’s Juventus, Germany’s Borussia Dortmund and France’s Olympique Lyon.
Jordanian teams are still out of the Asian and Arab top 10. Arab teams are led by Tunisia’s Esperance in 66th place, followed by Sudan’s Hilal Umdurman (77) and Marrikh Umdurman (92), Saudi Arabia’s Hilal (109), Kuwait’s Al Kuwait (118), Saudi Arabia’s Ittihad (126) and Ahli Jeddah (137), UAE’s Al Jazeera Abu Dhabi (138), Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca (153) and Egypt’s Ahli Cairo (160).
East Asian teams continue to dominate Asian clubs. South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai Horangi FC are top in 31st spot, followed by compatriot FC Pohang Steelers (62), Iran’s Esteghlal (107), South Korea’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (108), Saudi Arabia’s Hilal (109), Uzbekistan’s Tashkent (118), Kuwait’s Al Kuwait (118), Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol (123), China’s Guangzhou Evergrande FC (126), Saudi Arabia’s Ittihad (126) and Ahli Jeddah (137).
Apart from the local competitions, Jordanian teams have been inactive on the Asian scene as both Wihdat and Faisali were eliminated from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.
Wihdat now lead the Jordan Professional League after they beat Shabab Urdun 2-1. Last season Wihdat only managed to retain the Cup Winner’s Cup after they won all four local titles in the preceding season, in a repeat of their historic feat of 2008-2009.
Faisali, on the other hand, had a good last season capped by winning their record 32nd league as well as Jordan Cup and Jordan Football Association Shield. This season, however, they are lagging in fourth place in the league in what observers note is their worst season in decades. Faisali won the Cup Winners’ Cup and have secured their spot in the Jordan Cup quarters.
For the upcoming season, Ramtha and Faisali kick off the 2013 AFC Cup in two tough groups hoping Jordanian teams can again make it to the finals of the second-tier Asian club competition, which was won by Faisali in 2005 and 2006, and Shabab Urdun in 2007.
In the upcoming AFC Cup edition, 32 teams will play in eight groups with the top two in each group going on to the Round of 16. Faisali were drawn in Group C alongside Iraq’s Duhok, Yemen’s Shaab Ibb and Oman’s Dhofar. Ramtha, who will play in the AFC Cup for the first time, were drawn in Group D with Kuwait’s Qadissieh, Syria’s Shurta and Tajikistan’s Rafshan.
On the Arab scene, Baqaa and Shabab Urdun played the inaugural Arab Football Association Cup which saw Shabab Urdun eliminated on aggregate following their draw with Bahrain’s Al Hadd 1-1 and 0-0 in Round 1.
Baqaa advanced to Round 3 after they eliminated Yemen’s Shaab Ibb in Round 2 on aggregate (3-1). In other Round 2 matches, Kuwait’s Arabi drew with Saudi Arabia’s Fateh 2-2 and won 3-2, Iraq’s Air Force beat Palestine’s Shabab Dahrieh 1-0 while Saudi Arabia’s Nasr beat Bahrain’s Muharraq 2-0 and 3-0.
In Round 3, Baqaa have a tough encounter with Algeria’s Ittihad, Saudi’s Nasr will play Kuwait’s Arabi, Iraq’s Air Force take on Morocco’s Raja Casablanca and Algeria’s Shabab Bluzdad go up against Egypt’s Ismaili as two teams will qualify from Asia and two from Africa to Round 4.
Initiated in 1991, the Club World Ranking is a classification showing the level of the clubs and the level of international performance for each country. Competitions not organised by a continental confederation, or any intercontinental events not recognised by FIFA, are not taken into consideration.