Top 200 club sides of 2013 - Chelsea and Spurs in top ten while United are behind Trabzonspor!

Arsenal and Manchester City also feature high up, while Swansea City, Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic all feature.

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics has announced today its world top 200 clubs in 2013 - and there is no surprise who sits top of the table.

Treble winning Bayern Munich became the first German team to be awarded the accolade as they accumulated 370,000 points in the IFFHS scale - winning by a massive majority, a whopping 80,000 ahead of Real Madrid in second.

There were plenty of teams you expect to see in the top ten of such a compilation.

Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and PSG were all present - while FC Basel’s presence at seven highlights the importance put on continental competitions by the IFFHS.

But what about English teams?

Well Chelsea can be very proud.

They came in third in the list - most likely due to their excellence in winning the Europa League. But the next English team on the list may surprise you.

In joint eight with South American champions Club Atletico Mineiro were … Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite not winning anything last year or qualifying for the Champions League they are ranked the second best team in England.

Arsenal and Manchester City meanwhile share 15th position - one above Club Olimpia of Paraguay and Santa Fe of Colombia - illustrious company.

But what about our Premier League champions?

Well Manchester United’s failure to launch beyond Real in the Champions League last season would have cost them a lot of points - as would their dismal start to the 2013-14 season.

But they are not even in the top 20!

In fact United sit in 26th place - one below Turkish outfit Trabzonspor. I have no idea how they work this system out, and I am not sure I want too - but it still reflects the poor last six months for United.

Here are the other English teams on the list…with the Merseysider’s sharing a position.

Swansea City (100)

Newcastle United (114)

Everton and Liverpool (136)

Wigan Athletic (165)

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