2020

ALL-TIME GREAT CHAMPIONSHIP INTRODUCTION


The aim of this competition is to find the best club side of all-time. We started by taking all 140 sides available in the Gold section. To filter this down to a final tournament of 48 clubs, we first ran tournaments to restrict entries to 2 teams per club, per decade. Next we ran a series of national competitions to get a proportionate number of qualifiers by country. Thirdly we ran a further competition to limit all clubs to 4 teams. Four clubs: Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool had 4 teams qualify for the final tournament and Liverpool would have had a 5th team, (1977) that would have qualified but for this restriction.

Needless to say, some great teams were eliminated prior to the last 48 stage. The final 48 teams were as follows:

Portugal Benfica 1961, 1990 Porto 1987
Netherlands Ajax 1972, 1973, 1995 Feyenoord 1970 PSV Eindhoven 2005
Spain Atletico Madrid 2014 Barcelona 2011, 2015 Real Madrid 1958, 1969, 2012, 2016
Italy Inter Milan 1964, 1965, 1989 Juventus 1978, 2017, 2018 Milan 1969, 1989, 1994, 2005
Germany Bayern Munich 1973, 1999, 2013, 2016 Borussia MG 1975 Hamburg 1980, 1983
England Arsenal 1971, 2004 Chelsea 2005, 2010, 2015 Everton 1985 Leeds 1971
Liverpool 1979, 1984, 1988, 2019 Man City 2018, 2019 Man Utd 2008, 2009 Nottm F 1979