Photo: FC Barcelona Soccer Club of the Year
Spain’s FC Barcelona has once again been named soccer club of the year by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, or IFFHS.
Barca, whose stars include Argentine great Lionel Messi and Spaniards Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, has now won the voting on four occasions, having previously taken top honors in 1997, 2009 and 2011.
Other clubs that have won the IFFHS title more than once include Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Sevilla.
Five Spanish clubs finished in the top 12 of the voting, a reflection of the strength of the Spanish league’s first-division squads in 2012.
Barcelona beat out last year’s UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea by a 28-point margin, while Argentine club Boca Juniors and Spain’s Atletico Madrid finished in a tie for third.
Real Madrid finished seventh, just behind Champions League runner-up Bayern Munich, while Athletic Bilbao and Valencia came in 11th and 12th, respectively.
Sao Paulo club Corinthians, the reigning Copa Libertadores and FIFA Club World Cup champions, came in fifth in the voting.
Juventus was named the IFFHS club of the month for December.