Juve first club in the world acording to ESPN (1 Viewer)


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Apr 24, 2003
Juventus clinched its 27th Italian league title on Saturday with a 2-2 draw against Perugia. The Serie A title gave the Italian giants a boost and they are the new leaders in the ESPN World Club Top 25.

Juventus will aim to advance to the Champions League final for the first time since 1998 when it hosts Real Madrid on Wednesday. Real Madrid defeated Juve 2-1 in the first leg, but the nine-time European champions fell to third place in La Liga on the weekend after a scoreless draw with Recreativo.

The ESPN World Club Top 25, a computer based ranking of the world's top clubs, was developed by the staff at ESPN International in 1999. Now in its fourth season, the Top 25 formula takes into consideration performances in league, continental and cup competitions.

The Top 25 will be released every Sunday night throughout the football club season during ESPN's SportsCenter broadcast from Buenos Aires.

ESPN's World Club Top 25: May 11, 2003
Club Country Points Last Week Comment

1. Juventus Italy 300.21 3 Clinched 27th Scudetto; ready for Real Madrid

2. Real Madrid Spain 298.12 1 Defeated Juve 2-1; out of the top spot in La Liga

3. Manchester United England 294.18 2 Van Nistelrooy scores in season finale

4. AC Milan Italy 268.93 4 Showdown with city rivals Inter in Champions Lg

5. Inter Milan Italy 268.46 5 Concede Serie A title to Juventus

6. FC Porto Portugal 260.22 6 Suffer only second league loss of season

7. Boca Juniors Argentina 254.70 7 Rebound with win over Colon

8. Bayern Munich Germany 252.08 8 Elber scores three in win over Hertha

9. Santos Brazil 250.92 10 Advance to Libertadores quarterfinals

10. Deportivo La Coruna Spain 245.83 12 Moved into La Liga lead

11. Arsenal England 244.03 11 Two wins by 10-1 margin this week

12. River Plate Argentina 241.47 9 Held to 1-1 draw by Union

13. Ajax Netherlands 229.23 13 Rally for 2-1 win at NEC

14. Corinthians Brazil 226.26 15 Showdown ahead with River in Libertadores

15. Celtic Scotland 226.02 14 Neck and neck with Rangers for the SPL title

16. Valencia Spain 217.57 16 Suffered third loss in last four games

17. Newcastle United England 216.29 17 Finished season with draw vs. West Brom

18. Besiktas Turkey 214.85 18 Closing in on Turkish league title

19. Lazio Italy 212.01 20 2-0 winners at Bologna

20. Borussia Dortmund Germany 210.91 21 Ricken scores twice in win over Nurnberg

21. Gremio Brazil 210.21 NR Advance to quarterfinals of Copa Libertadores

22. PSV Netherlands 209.41 22 Van Bommel scores four in 7-0 win vs. Excelsior

23. Liverpool England 208.03 19 Miss out on Champions Lg in loss to Chelsea

24. Cobreloa Chile 206.50 NR Advance to quarterfinals of Copa Libertadores

25. Barcelona Spain 196.66 25 European hopes fading after 0-0 draw at Sevilla

Dropped out:
No. 23 Panathinaikos (Greece)
No. 24 Stuttgart (Germany)

Milan rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan dropped points on the weekend as both clubs had one eye on their second leg semifinal showdown at the San Siro on Tuesday. The two clubs played to a scoreless draw in the first leg last Wednesday.

In England, Manchester United finished off a magnificent campaign with a 2-1 win over Everton this past weekend. Arsenal also closed out the EPL campaign with a win. Liverpool lost out on the final Champions League berth from England with a 2-1 loss to Chelsea.

Deportivo , led by 40-year-old Donato's first half goal, moved into first place in La Liga with a 2-0 win at Malaga on Saturday. Donato extended his own record as the oldest player to ever score in Spain's top division.

In other European title races, PSV is closing in on the Dutch league title after a 7-0 win over Excelsior on Saturday.

Besiktas took one step closer to the Turkish league crown when rivals Galatasaray was held over the weekend. UEFA Cup finalists Celtic and Rangers are in a heated race for the SPL title. Both teams are even on points and goal differential could decide the league crown.

Brazilian sides Gremio and Santos advanced to the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals this week. Chilean league leaders Cobreloa also advanced to quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores and made its first appearance in the Top 25.

Four more quarterfinalists in the Copa Libertadores will be determined this week as well as the two finalists in the UEFA Champions League.

if juve wins against real madrid and becomes a finalist then i believe we would still be number one next week

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Senior Member
Mar 26, 2003
THATS GREAT, earlier i was checking it out regularly, but i got bored of real and manchester being on the top all the time, and now JUVE JUVE JUVE!!! what a glory!


Jul 15, 2002
I never really understood ESPN's ranking system - I suspect Tommy Smyth is behind all this BS.


Jul 15, 2002
Have you ever had the misfortune of watching Juve in ESPN while he is the commentator?


Mar 6, 2003

juve was first in the ranking instantly after they won the scudetto this weekend, and before the real madrid clash.

Jajaja now, after the madrid game,,,they are in 1+


Senior Member
Apr 22, 2003
Hey, how much would our score have risen after beating the second-placed team in the CL semis? And if we win the CL final, we'll be dozens ahead :devil:

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