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Liverpool are Europe’s number one – it’s official
May 28 2008 by Tony Barrett
LIVERPOOL will go into the forthcoming season as Europe’s number one ranked team.
The Reds top UEFA’s official rankings thanks to their Champions League performances over the past five seasons.
Having won the competition in 2005, been runners up to AC Milan in 2007 and made it through to the semi-finals this year, Rafa Benitez’s team has accrued more ranking points than any other club in Europe.
Liverpool top the rankings table with 104.284 points, giving them a one point lead over Italian giants AC Milan.
Next on the list are Chelsea and Barcelona, with Arsenal in sixth and current Champions League holders Man United in seventh.
Other British teams on the list include Newcastle in 19th, Rangers in 20th, Middlesbrough in 27th, Spurs in 31st, Bolton in 41st, Everton in 44th and Celtic in 52nd.
Liverpool have moved up from third to first thanks to last season’s run to the semi-finals, meaning they top UEFA’s rankings for the first time since 1985.
Their recent form in the Champions League also means that they will go into the qualifiers for next season’s competition as number one seeds and will thereby avoid the other seeded teams when the draw for the qualifying rounds is made in July.
Meanwhile, Krisztian Nemeth’s rapid progress since joining Liverpool last summer has been recognised by Hungary who have called the teenage striker into their senior squad for Saturday’s international with Croatia.
The 19-year-old has quickly established himself as one of the stars of Gary Ablett’s title-winning reserve side after moving to the club from MTK Hungaria in July 2007.
A string of dazzling performances and several eye-catching goals in a debut season in which he finished up as top scorer have marked Nemeth out as a player for the future and Benitez believes he has the ability to challenge for a place in Liverpool’s first team.
The Reds boss said: “He is a player with game intelligence, with ability and someone who can score goals. He is a player we are keeping an eye on for the future.

“He must keep working. I think he will be much better in time because he wants to learn.”
At the weekend, Nemeth fired Hungary’s under-19 side to the European Championships with the only goal of the game against Portugal.

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Meanwhile, Real Madrid have resorted to more dirty tricks in their bid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo by claiming they are negotiating with the Glazer family.
The Spanish giants say they have ignored Ferguson and chief executive Gill and contacted the club’s American owners directly.
But that has been denied out of hand by a spokesman for the family, who said: “As Sir Alex and David Gill have already said, Ronaldo is not for sale.”
In a further bizarre twist, Spanish sports newspaper Marca claim Real have a club car (right)ready and waiting for wing wizard Ronaldo.
The top-of-the-range Audi has been pictured in a club car park with a hand-written notice on the dashboard saying: ‘Deliver to Cristiano Ronaldo’.

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Comments (24)

  • Anonymous
    May 28, 2008 at 3:41 pm Reply

    You may be no.1 but you Punks still have to qualify for the CL, Hahahaha!

    Useless bunch of W**KERS!

    Fat Frank!

  • The Manchurian Candidate
    May 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm Reply

    So really what you saying is that “Team Ranked #7” quite frankly whipped the crap out of “Team Ranked #1” in all forms of the game this season?
    Hmmm.. doesnt say much about the rankings, or the quality of “Team Ranked #1” now, does it?

  • Shakes
    May 29, 2008 at 7:16 am Reply

    But the official title of Champions of Europe belong to Man United and we have the trophy to prove it.

    Not a bad season for us then, we totally outclassed and out performed against the 6 best teams in Europe. Lets see we beat the 1st, 3rd and 6th ranked teams to the Prem title and beat 1st to 6th ranked teams to the European title.
    Not bad at all for a team ranked
    7th.

    It’s a shame man, you guys have to celebrate achievements like these, while we celebrate watching our team dazzle and pick up trophies along the way.

    The best in Europe this season has to undoubtly be the Champions of Europe.

    And from your very own CEO Rick Parry the priority next season for you fools is the Premeirship.

    Champione Champione Champione
    OLE OLE OLE
    We are the Champions… LOL

    Waseem has got me in the spirit this past week. LOL

    And as he would say
    ‘GO’ win the Premiership

    Shakes

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2008 at 7:37 am Reply

    We still have a champions leauge trophy on permanant display at Anfield

    YNWA

    come on your reds!!!

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2008 at 9:26 am Reply

    ya YNWA, but when you look at winners of that TROPHY, you see manchester uniteds name engraved before liverscum.

    u scum will always try to follow the greats of MANCHESTER.

    “go” WIN THE PREMIERSHIP

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2008 at 9:33 am Reply

    the scum are grasping at straws here! you have no izzet left thas why you cling to dom rankings like this! Swoosh you should not have posted this! they have not finished in the top two in england for the last five years yet they the best in england!

    Marks “go man go” Maponyane

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2008 at 9:34 am Reply

    CHAMPIONE CHAMPIONE OLE OLE OLE !!!
    GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED !!!
    CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONS !!!

    who gives a shite! we won the double!!!!!!!!!!

    go you good thing go!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KOPIN
    May 29, 2008 at 9:37 am Reply

    YNWA HAVE YOU TOUCHED A PREMIERSHIP TROPHY?

    THE BEST IS GERRARD SAYS ALL HE WANTS IS TO BE IN A TITLE RACE FORGET WINNING A TITLE COZ BY FEBRUARY THEY ALWAYS IN THE KAK!

    GO CHALLENGE EVERTON FOR 4TH SPOT ITS YOUR RIGHTFUL PLACE!

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2008 at 9:38 am Reply

    YNWA COZ YOU A BUNCH OF FAGS!

  • SETH
    May 29, 2008 at 9:38 am Reply

    Stroker

    What are the chances of Uncle Bhai Gora taking over at Chelsea, the man has been overlooked for Bafana and the Boks? But i reckon with Roman’s millions he will be able to do a job over there!

    How’s France leaving out Flamini and Mexes and including the MUGG Boumsong!

  • BHAI GORA
    May 29, 2008 at 9:48 am Reply

    hAD DISCUSSIONS WITH ROMAN, THEY WERE FRUITFUL BUT I THINK HE HAS HIS MIND SET ON THIS IGESUND GUY! YET AGAIN I MISS OUT!

    AND I WOULD HAVE TAKEN BOUMESONG! HE AINT A MUGG!

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2008 at 9:50 am Reply

    WHAT ARE BHAI GORAS CHANCES OF BEING PRESIDENT IF JACOB ZUMA GOES TO TRIAL AND JAIL?

  • Legend Lives On
    May 29, 2008 at 9:52 am Reply

    Seth..

    Flamini, Mexes and u forgot CISSE..

    The man is gutted..
    Check SKY..
    He dont even wanna talkl to the media..

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2008 at 9:58 am Reply

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=4&art_id=vn20080529065824437C388914

    Check out this Link

    I think it applies to “go” and KOPOUT

  • MARIE MOETOE
    May 29, 2008 at 10:04 am Reply

    you’ll always walk alone !Even Chelsea had a scouser free zone in the final.

  • SETH
    May 29, 2008 at 10:12 am Reply

    Yeah i forgot about the Arch Angel, but with all the quality strikers they have it’s not a huge surprise!

    Benzema, Henry and Bilal should be able to do a job. They didn’t even shortlist Trez. The Nutty Professor clearly has a plan which no one has a clue about.

    I’m glad Marco dropped that clown Bouhlarouz from the Dutch squad. That man is in the class of Boumsong!

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2008 at 10:30 am Reply

    kopout, as per the article , YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK….GOODBYE!!

    Half of European football fans would seemingly prefer to watch important matches than have sex according to a straw poll sponsored by one of the backers of the upcoming Euro 2008 championships.

    However, the results from individual countries vary.

    The largest majority preferring to watch football to making love being 72 percent of Spanish supporters – surprising given the lack of success their national side has had – to 25 percent of Italy fans duly holding up their reputation as Latin lovers.

    The poll also saw 60 percent of the
    2 000 supporters polled declare that football was like a religion to them. – Sapa-AFP

    “go” GET A GAME OF FOOTBALL

  • Raymond Domenesch
    May 29, 2008 at 10:58 am Reply

    stop calling me nutty!

    bhai gora should get the chelsea job!

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2008 at 11:06 am Reply

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=4&art_id=vn20080529065824437C388914

    Check out this Link

    I think it applies to “go” and KOPOUT

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2008 at 12:30 pm Reply

    the bok SQUAD has benn named! lots of guys of colour? devilliers you beauty? go you good thing go!

    could bhai gora have done better?

    Backs
    Gcobani Bobo, Tonderai Chavhanga, Bolla Conradie, Jean de Villiers, Peter Grant, Bryan Habana, Adrian Jacobs, Butch James, Conrad Jantjes, Ricky Januarie, Percy Montgomery, Odwa Ndungane, Ruan Pienaar, Francois Steyn.
    Forwards
    Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, BJ Botha, Bismarck du Plessis, Ryan Kankowski, Victor Matfield, Tenderai Mtawarira, Brian Mujati, Danie Rossouw, John Smit (captain), Juan Smith, Pierre Spies, Gurthro Steenkamp, CJ van der Linde, Joe van Niekerk, Luke Watson.

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2008 at 12:41 pm Reply

    Was this survey done in Zimbabwe?

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm Reply

    3 zims! must we burn them?

  • Anonymous
    May 30, 2008 at 9:10 am Reply

    So what the fuck if u are number 1, fucken can’t even win a premier league title. livertwats are last in the premier league and 1st in europe-sweep your own door step 1st.

  • Anonymous
    May 30, 2008 at 9:31 am Reply

    I thought this fucken blog was going to be painted red when United win. These ABU’s dnt stick to their word-that’s why the dnt win anything.
    How abt that-Livertwats ranked number 1, and they 1 point clear of AC Milan-what a joke. Who wants to be number 1 but have no trophies for 2 seasons and maybe more seasons to come. Try being the richest club in the world as according to Forbes latest rankings United is NUMBER 1 with 13.6 billion rands and Madrid 2nd with 6 billion-now that is a gap worth noting-not a fucken 1 point diff then u want to put fucken 3 years ago trophies on the blog to brag. By the way on that Forbes list Livertwats was 8th with I think it was just under 900 million rands. Fuck Liverpool and fuck this blog coz it will only be painted red when we spill the livertwats blood on it.

    Manchester United is the best whether anyone likes it or not coz I dnt see any other club doing so many doubles. Plastic cups are excluded coz Liverpool and Chelsea like to compete for the Charity Shield and that milk cup-they field their strongest sides for these events.

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