The Introduction and Map


                                              Welcome to WFHC

“The True Passionate Sphere of World 
 Historical and Legendary Football Greatness
     We effort to discover the valuable evidences, creating the best method of 
      historical rating to implement and conclude the set of the best ever 
in the entire history of the game. 

Establishment : 7 August 2013
Approximated Capacity : 1,350 Pages

WFHC Definition 

WFHC historical rating solution is an integration between scientific methodology and social values. The research methodology acts as a tool to standardize the criteria while social values has an essential role to define value of each performance aspect and function. WFHC represents the love of football historical value, having been identified as a semi-opened source of football historical innovation and has always been listening to the reader voice and a large number of the contributed comments has been considered and many of them led to further development.

WFHC Objective

1) To initiate and represent in research and development of football historical rating.
2) To conserve the greatness of football history for the recognition of the next generations.
3) To generate the mutual exchange of useful information, data and idea between football historians and group of interested person to expand the extent of historical knowledge. 

WFHC Policy

1) WFHC has been a non-profit body with spiritual contribution and centralization.  
2) WFHC has been continually improving and developing to increase its level of objectivity. 
3) WFHC give importance to be a neutral workplace and pay attention in sustaining fairness of rating.
4) WFHC aim to lead the way of positive attitude and vision in football history discussion. 
5) WFHC provides the service for readers in replying the inquiries and soonest responding to the suggestion/requisition in the best way. 

WFHC Mission

WFHC strives for being a sustainable football historical centralization within the chronological extension of the history. We always detect significant point of history to absorb into the system and inscribe on the pages.

WFHC Commitment

I appreciate all WFHC readers, participants, followers and supporters who has been recognized as an indispensable propulsion of the progressive project. I would like to requite supporters in my commitment to perpetually update and develop the football historical work.

Number & Format

WFHC constitution is divided into Body and Branch.

INDEX : Stage of Development

There are three phase of developing process in below definitions ;

Preliminary Development : In the initial phase, The Player rating is just considered overall picture of rating from macroscopic evidence such as award, video clip, etc. without filtration of sources and the system implementation. The team series is just calculated from the total result of competition without application of competition standard.

Intermediate Development : In the intermediate phase, The fundamental system of evaluation with the criteria to assess overall career performance is already implemented with the microscopic evidence of rating (seasonal and tournament rating and statistics) for the majority of players rating with primary filtration of its reliability and have monitored video clip of almost all players for major skills rating. The team series is already calculated from the total result of competition with application of the competition standard base on its format only.

Advanced Development : In the final phase, The advanced system of evaluation with the method to classify player in each competition is additionally implemented with the microscopic evidence of player rating for the entire selection/ranking in which has been verified for filtration of its reliability and have analyzed from watching almost all the full most important matches of each player. The team series is already calculated from the total result of competition with application of competition standard analysis table.

Topic Name
Status of Works
Historical Rating Methodology
Advanced Developed
World All-Time Greatest Footballer
Advanced Developed
World Eleven Players of All-Time
Advanced Developed
World Annual Award of The Century
Intermediate Developed
Competition Level-Based Greatest Ever
Advanced Developed
Continental Legendary Museum
Advanced Developed
Standard of Competition
Advanced Developed
Positional Hall of Fame (Major Hall)
Advanced Developed
Positional Hall of Fame (Minor Hall)
Intermediate Developed
International Legendary Museum
Advanced Developing
The Greatest NT and Club
Advanced Developing

Logo Concept

The central golden sphere is a world map on the ball represent the word “World Football Center”. 
The three orbit encircles the sphere represents the major three affiliated branches surrounding WFHC.
The counterclockwise direction of the orbit lines represents “Historic”

The World Club Evaluation Result

  I.  Introduction and Historical Literature Review
          Throughout the World club football history, there was a chronological evolutionary change of competitions. The first professional football was formed in England 1892 while the amateur football was first ever established in South Americas a year later in Argentina but most of European and South American leagues turned professional in the 1930s. The limitations of football at the early era such as non-existence of international club competition, the irregularity of competition format and qualification, etc has left the complexity and difficulty for us to reach the status of each European club in its whole history. 
          The world club team all-time ranking[1]and The Worldwide historical club ranking[2] based on mathematics [Marcelo, 2016) ranks the team based on titles criteria which is set the standard points of title acquisition between the leagues and the point given to any league are equally given between seasons. By this context, there is no proven source of standard point and not represents the actual fluctuation of the league/international cup standard from era to era. The evaluations were also not differentiated the performances to achieve the round or title.
   Accordingly, this work’s objective is to study, integrally regulate and standardize the system of the entire Latin American club history for the evaluation, including all performance characteristics (win-draw-lose, goal difference, place, round and trophy) against the determined standard of competitions within the designed system of methodology conformed to the existed format or condition at any point of evaluation.  

II. Methodology

    1) International Club 
         1.1) Determine the winner of each annual continental competition by qualitative analysis. For the non-int-club era, the official friendly results are support to stipulate the value, if no enough record, performance of its national team are applied for consideration.
      1.2) Determine the competitive level by counting goal difference to calculate its average for each round and input by the following formula ; 
         (∑ Goal Difference Average/(Number of Round x 4.5))
         (Number of Round +((6-Number of round)/2))/6
       1.3) The standard of competition (STD) = Top Level X Competitive Level
       1.4) The Status Performance (STS) = SQRT(TLS- (FTC – 1) x GS x STD
             Finished Round Coefficient (FRC) (Winner = 1, Runner-Up = 2, SF = 3, QF = 4, R16 = 5, R32 = 6, R64 = 7, R128 = 8)
             GS = Gap Standard = 0.65+(6- number of round)*0.05
             TLS = Top Level Standard (UCL/EC =5, UC = 4.5, CWC/ERP = 3.7)
      1.5) The Raw Direct Performance (RDRT) is calculated by chain of beaten from top level to the evaluated team. Being beaten 1 goal is equal to – 0.4. Then, the performance will be adjusted +0.75 and x 0.85 to give positive value for negative raw data.   
      1.6) The total performance = SQRT(STS X ADRT)

    2) Domestic League 
     2.1) Determine the raw direct performance (RDRT) by point and goal difference         
         Point Ratio = ((Games win x 2.5) +(Games Draw x 1))/Number of Games  
           Goal Difference Ratio = Goal Difference/Number of Games
           RDRT = (Point Ratio x 0.75) +(Goal Difference Ratio x 0.25)          
       2.2) Determine top level 
         2.21) Top Tier League : Referring to the best performance in international club (TEU) against the competitive level by the formula : PSTD (Primary Standard) = (TEU x (2 – Variance)/2)
          2.22) The Second League : Implementing benchmark method by calculating the average place of the promoted teams between the previous season to the calculated season and to the next seasons. The obtained calculated finished place is applied to the table in the calculated season linked to its raw direct performance that is a top level. The decimal > 0.15 and < 0.85 of the finished place value is required to calculate for average value between places. The obtained value is acted as TRDP in clause 2.23 
             2.23) The Top Level Raw Direct performance (TRDP) is adjusted by + 0.75 x 1.5 to give positive value for negative raw data to be the top level adjusted direct performance (TADP)
           2.24)  The top level performance (TLV) is the direct performance against primary standard 
                TLV = TEU+((Y-(((-X2)/8)+(X/8)+5))/2) ; Y = TADP, X = PSTD
      2.3) Standard of League (STDL)        
           STDL = Top Level Performance x Competitive Level 
           Competitive Level = (2-Sc)/2
            S1= Variance = ∑ (x1-µ)2/number of members ; 
            x1 = point ratio (win = 2.5 point, draw 1 point)
            S2= Variance = ∑ (x2-µ)2/number of members ; 
            x2 = goal difference (Separate positive and negative µ value)
            Sc (Combined Varaince) = S1 (0.75) + S2 (0.25)   
       2.4) Final Calculation
           Final Direct Performance (FDP) = (RDRT+0.75 x 1.5) x (TLV/TADP)
        Status Performance (STS) = SQRT[(5-(FP -1)*0.1) x STDL]for Top Flight
          SQRT[5-(N1-1)*0.1] x STDL1 - [SQRT[(5-(FP -1)*0.1) x STDL2] for 2nd Tier
           N1 = Number of team in top fllight
           League Performance = SQRT[FDP x STS]
    3) Domestic Cup
      Implement the same method as International club and the top level is determined from international club as well as the league competition. For tournament championship such as German Championship in pre-bundesliga era, it is implemented in the same concept as performance in knock-out tournament is used for identifying value of top level team.       

    4) Final Calculation
      Basic Proportional Weight : Domestic League 52 %, Domestic Cup 16 %, Int. Club 32 %    The performance is calculated in aggregate within a season not separated since the performance between competitions were a mutual dependent factors as football is purpose to mainly win the trophy not optimize the performance in any of competition level. As many of competitions are tournaments formats, it is implemented and calculated in aggregate mini-leagues method. For the season without domestic cup, basically the domestic league proportion is expanded to 60 % and increase more 16 % in non-international club era. Exceptionally the league proportion could be increased between 77 at minimum and 80 % at maximum by compensation from over number of participation (> 38 to 46 games per seasons).  However, if the obtained performance is a negative value, it is not applied to the system and equal to Zero. That mean the lowest value to apply for the system has been standardized.
    To standardize the opportunity of international club participation. The standard value of league performance at 3.25 has been set. The clubs that achieved this value but not get the opportunity because its league is competitive, will be compensated the higher proportion for domestic competition by 50 %. In contrary, the clubs that got the opportunity to play in international club with less than 3.25 of league performance in the previous season will be deducted the entire seasonal int. club points that is less than 2.5 in the over-participated number
    The obtained seasonal performance will be matched to multiply with proportional weight of the best 92 seasons whose number is an average of available league seasons for the 50 qualified teams and calculated the sum to obtain aggregate total.
       The trophy bonus is designed in the following table.

      The league trophy bonus is given for only the club achieved the highest league point among national leagues in each season. The winners in the periods of 1927 - 1932 (pre-professional era) and 1940 - 1946 (war-time) are given bonus in less value than normal period. The domestic cup is not applied as a single bonus as the continental international cup has represented the teams in elimination format. However, it is applied for double and triple trophies if the club won International competitions and also won domestic cup. The International bonus is applied only to the winners of Intercontinental Cup/World Club Cup in its existed years. For the year without World competition, the winner of Europe and Latin American share the bonus by half of each. 

5) The Decisive Factors
      0.2 % is required as a minimum value to unanimously decide the rank. If not, consider if the comparison couple has the other seasons than average, if so, compare its other best season by one. 0.1 is a minimum value to beat, if not, consider another season until match the rule. In case of no other season, the peak season is a decisive value with a minimum 0.1 to significantly differentiate. If not, recomparing in the second peak season or more if necessary.   
III. Implementation
       The best 50 clubs from European and South American lists are rearranged. Previously, 103 European and 51 Latin American clubs are selected for implementation by considering number of available seasons and the entire finished places. The implementation was done by excel formula database by manual input and correction checking. All related Latin American seasonal league tables are calculated for the club performance and standard of competition. All related cup competition games are count for the goal difference to determine competitive level. Finally, all performance and standards result are input the conclusive table. Each club are input the performance data in each part of competition and calculate for the aggregate seasonal point by competition-level proportional weight conformed to the actual condition at the time.   
      The unavailable record : Paraguayan League (1906 – 1991). The Paraguayan clubs are ranked by international performance comparison against the estimative opportune factor of participation. Czechoslovakian Cup 1960 – 1970, Czech and Slovak Cup 1971 – 1980 ; Hungarian Cup 1934, 1935, 1941 – 1944, 1952, 1955, 1958, 1965 – 1968. For these related years, the competitive level is set by estimation. Ferencvaroc rating is effected little as there are the club result record. In the case of record unavailability, the case is equal to the unavailable competition that allows a higher portion of domestic league.

IV. Result

 The 50 Greatest World Clubs of All-Time

*Evaluation Result of Latin American Club 

*Evaluation Result of European Club

Statistics by nation (also ranked by performance if equal in number)

8 : Brazil
6 : Italy
5 : Spain, England
4 : Argentina
3 : Holland, Portugal
2 : Uruguay, Scotland, Austria
1 : Germany, Paraguay, Czech Republic, Chile, Serbia, Hungary, Greece

Statistics by Continent

34 : Europe
16 : South America

Best League Performer in the World by Season

Statistics by club

5 : Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, River Plate, 
4 : Barcelona, Inter Milan, Ajax Amsterdam, Penarol, Nacional
3 : Liverpool, Juventus
2 : Boca Juniors, Rapid Vienna, Ferencvarosi, Arsenal, MTK Hungary
1 : Hamburge, Flamengo, Gladbach, Forest, Feyernoord, Internacional, Botafogo
   Bordeaux, Red Star, Vasco, Dortmund, Chelsea, Sao Paolo, Atletico Madrid, 
   Porto, Bologna, Athletic Bilbao, Torino, Slavia Prague, Sparta Prague, Santos,    Racing Club, Celtic 

Statistics by nation 

15 : Spain, 12 : Italy, 10 : England, 9 : Argentina, 8 : Uruguay, 
7 : Germany, 5.5 : Hungary, 5 : Holland, Brazil, 2 : Austria, Czech Republic
1 : Serbia, France, Scotland

Statistics by Continent

68 : Europe
22 : South America

V.  Discussion

        The methodological implementation allows the rankings to have represented the clubs’ entire performances against the determined standard and greatness throughout the history. However, the qualitative analysis to determine top level performance of the best club in international competitions between seasons and eras are provided by author’s cumulative tacit knowledge converted to mathematics that is always debatable but the scale of tolerance is however quite narrowed, possibly effecting on the change of rankings in a minor part. Additionally, the proportional criteria between parts of evaluation and the proportional weight given to highest to lowest performance has a main role to finalize the ranking. 
       The seasonal weight applied to the seasonal rating reduces the disadvantage of the teams that participated in lower seasons than average group in case of achieving a competitive high peak and the teams participated in more seasons than average group is just advantageous as they had more opportunities but the number of calculated seasons is still limited in average value.      
          The result of implementation saw Real Madrid unsurprisingly ranked as a number one of the World. Barcelona achieves the highest peak by aggregate season. Penarol is the best Latin American representative and their only one appeared in top ten. Estudientes and Ujpest are narrowly beaten by Feyenoord as the last 50th place.           


The National Team Evaluation Result

The National Football Team evaluation scorecard is provided based on the systematic implementation in the extent of time period  since 1920 to the present. Different to FIFA World Ranking and Elo Rating, it excludes the friendly matches as it is considered as none of significant part within the entire history of the game. 

As of continental ranking, the ranking within the continent is compulsorily locked. 

The performance score is calculated by the sum of SPR value (S X P X R)

S = Standard of Competition : It is determined based on the benchmark performance of upper group and descending to bottom level refer to 
P : Performance : It is primarily rated based on result of competition
R : Round : The finished round (For qualification match is given full five point)

Ptcp means the participation time based on actual model combined with assumed model. The assumed model is the expansion of participated teams in major final tournament to set a similar number of participants based on standard of team level at each era. It also include only the participation with qualified performance (at least 0.25)  
Std. Plus is an important minus factor to standardize participation amount within the model of comparison with similar amount of participation. In the existed case, the participation model between European and South American team is intersected with some adjustment of competition model. As some continental tournaments especially Copa America that has not been competed in qualification round, The performance in Copa America thus covers the qualifying part in proportion of multiplying standard value 0.75.

Expansion Coefficient : For Deficit Participation amount due to Era factor. As some of continental competition was started later than the others, it is considered that the pre-four continental competition era is less competitive. The proportional expansion to compensate the deficit amount is required in comparison table. The expansion scale is calculated from deficit amount of participation in comparison to European and South American standard as following formula : Standard Amount/Available Amount

The judging parameter is used in case the scores between the comparative couple is different within 1 %

1. The Same System of Competition

Primary : FIFA Confederation Cup, Secondary : Regional Competition, Third : World Cup

2. The Different System of Competition

*WC : In case the two teams have a score of World Cup and one of World Cup scores is twice times more than the less total score, that team is automatically rated higher. In case one of them has zero in World Cup score, it will be judge by comparison between difference of World Cup score and Total score
*Remark : In case of Asian and African team, the qualification performance is benchmark based on average of European-American standard of competition.

League of Ranking Rule : In case of 1 > 2 and 2 > 3 but 3 > 1, *WC factor is always the top of league 

The case of union-independent nations : The former USSR, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia performance is combined with the best performance of independent nation within the former union group. However, every model of union-independent nation (Yugoslavia-Croatia, USSR-Russia, etc) is also available in the continental list in MOV series. 

* For Continental Ranking, Please see in this link 

The Greatest Football Nations of All-Time

*Updated for the 2017 African Cup of Nations

The Ranking of Nations By Era

*Remark : Point cannot be compared across era directly due to different of participation model.

*The World club evaluation is scheduled to finish at the end of January 2017.

WFHC Appreciation

WFHC is profoundly appreciated the support, contribution and compliment from the participated readers that has long been an indispensable propulsion of WFHC project. As WFHC is a non-profitable body, it is only requited by the readers' feedback through media tools such as personal messages or comments in e-mail, facebook, webboard or these blogs as provided examples ;

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