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Old 12-02-2002, 05:25 AM
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LONDON (CNNSI.com) -- After being knocked from the No. 1 spot by Juventus for two weeks, AC Milan returned this week as the top-ranked club in the CNN/World Soccer Top 10.

Italy leads all nations with four teams in the Top 10, followed by Spain with three and England with two.

AC Milan went to the top of Serie A by beating derby rival Inter Milan 1-0 on Saturday, thanks to an early goal by winger Serginho. The win left AC Milan ahead on goal difference over second-place Juventus, which was held 1-1 at home earlier on Saturday by Bologna. Juve slipped to No. 2 in the Top 10.

Milan hosts holder Real Madrid on Tuesday to open the second group phase of the Champions League, while Juventus visits Deportivo La Coruna.

Rising two spots to third was Valencia, which stayed in third place in Spain thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Valladolid, with Mista getting both goals in the first half. Valencia hosts Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday in the Champions League.

Real Madrid rose from sixth to fourth after playing out a disappointing scoreless draw with Barcelona on Saturday in a Spanish league match that was suspended for 13 minutes when Madrid's Luis Figo was pelted with projectiles from the crowd at the Camp Nou stadium.

Tied for No. 5 is English leader Arsenal, which dropped three ranks, and Dutch leader Ajax, which didn't make the list last week. The Gunners lost 3-2 at Southampton on Saturday, while Ajax earned a convincing 3-0 win at Heerenveen.

Inter Milan dropped from fourth to seventh after losing the Milan derby, and Real Sociedad stayed at No. 8 after retaining the Spanish league lead with a scoreless draw at Rayo Vallecano.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy scored three goals as Manchester United demolished Newcastle 5-3 at Old Trafford on Saturday, earning a return to the list at No. 9.

Rounding out the Top 10 is Lazio, which put aside its financial difficulties and moved up to third in Serie A with a convincing 4-0 win over Modena on Sunday as former Chievo striker Bernardo Corradi scored twice for Roberto Mancini's side.

Dropping out of the Top 10 were Sao Paulo, Boca Juniors and Liverpool.

Others receiving votes were Deportivo, Bayern Munich, Corinthians, Independiente, Porto, Sao Paulo, Besiktas, Lokomotiv Moscow, Liverpool.

The CNN/World Soccer Top 10 is a unique ranking of football clubs determined each Monday through voting by correspondents from CNN Sports and World Soccer magazine.



Rk. Team Country Pts.
1 (3) AC Milan Italy 118
2 (1) Juventus Italy 106
3 (5) Valencia Spain 79
4 (6) Real Madrid Spain 70
t5 (2) Arsenal England 58
t5 (-) Ajax Netherlands 58
7 (4) Inter Milan Italy 53
8 (8) Real Sociedad Spain 41
9 (-) Manchester United England 15
10 (-) Lazio Italy 10
Dropping out: Sao Paulo, Boca Juniors, Liverpool.
Others receiving votes: Deportivo, Bayern Munich, Corinthians, Independiente, Porto, Sao Paulo, Besiktas, Lokomotiv Moscow, Liverpool.












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Old 12-02-2002, 10:07 AM
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Laughable. I know you just report it LC, you don't write it.
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Old 12-02-2002, 03:54 PM
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LOL I know why Shawn thinks it's laughable,

but IMHO not having a South American team ranked is pretty laughable as well.
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Old 12-03-2002, 09:59 AM
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Shawn, I agree... Real Madrid are a bit too high up the table. [img]i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif[/img]
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Old 12-03-2002, 11:02 AM
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Conrad, are you referring to the team that will be crowned World Champions in another few minutes?
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