In FiveThirtyEight’s Global Club Soccer Rankings, Stoke City is ranked 77th in the world and 11th out of all the English Premier League teams.
FiveThirtyEight, known mostly for their political and sports data analysis, has ranked the world’s biggest soccer leagues like the English Premier League, the Bundesliga, La Liga, Eredivisie, Major League Soccer, and Ligue 1 – coming out to a total of 426 teams. And out of all 426 sides, Stoke City is ranked 77th.
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At first glance, this ranking isn’t that bad at all. In fact, it’s pretty great. Stoke is the 77th best club in the world, ranked right above Galatasaray in the Turkish Süper Lig and just a few places under Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier League.
That being said, though, there are definitely clubs that are ranked above Stoke that the Potters probably should be above in the ranking. The biggest one that sticks out to me is Burnley, who is ranked 76th overall, just one place above Stoke. The Potters have historically been better than Burnley. This ranking must have been moved around after Burnley’s shock win away at Chelsea on opening day and in the coming weeks (unless Burnley goes on a Leicester-esque run) the rankings will probably level out again.
The top clubs in the Global Club Soccer Rankings shouldn’t surprise anyone, though there is no Premier Leauge side in the top six. First place goes to one of the best teams we have ever seen in world soccer in a very long time, Real Madrid, followed by Bayern Munich, Barcelona, PSG, Juventus, Dortmund, and finally Manchester City.
It will be interesting to keep an eye on this ranking as the year goes on, especially with Major League Soccer getting close to the start of their playoff season and how that might shake up the rankings.
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