Who is Persib Bandung... And Why Are They Ranked Number One?
A lot of people on this site in their comments have stated that they have never heard of Persib Bandung so I'm going to give you a little information about who they are.
In short, Persib is a top tier club in a weak football league. The reason why most people have never heard of them is because, outside of Indonesia, they have never really done anything.
Persib plays in the Indonesian Super League. The League has only been rated 8th best among Asian professional football leagues by the AFC Champions League and has never had a club win or even be a runner up in the AFC League finals. As has been pointed out in many comments by people who voted for Persib, the team is the only Indonesian club who has reached the semi-finals of the Asian Club Championship, which may be a good arguement for stating that they are the best Indonesian club in history, but all it means in the global perspective is that at best, Persib was only the 4th best club in Asia.
So, Persib is not the best team in Asia, but how would they fare against some of the more traditional powerhouses. After all, maybe the Asian leagues are stronger than most people realize. Well, after browsing the official Persib Bandung website for a while (using Google Translate), I was only able to find one mention of a match against one of the great European clubs. In 1994, the season the club made its historic run in the Asian Club Championship, Persib played AC Milan in Jakarta. And what was the result when the supposed best team in the world played the Italians? Persib got beat 8-0. That's right. The best team in Persib's 80 year history was annihilated.
So why is Persib ranked #1 on the list of Best Football Clubs in the World? Because, even though it is not a list of Favourite Football Clubs, Clubs With the Best Supporters, or Most Popular Clubs and is instead a list of the BEST Football Clubs, Persib fans are voting with their hearts and not their heads. No rational and reasonably educated person could really think that Persib could hold their own on the international stage. But Persib still keeps getting votes.
And why is it getting so many votes? Because it appears that Persib fans are fanatical about their social networking. The list has 27,000 Facebook mentions and just about every Facebook comment at the bottom of the page is from a Persib fan. There are a ton of Persib fans on this site and they are basically screwing up the results.
So do your part to make things better. I'm not going to tell you which club to vote for, but I am going to ask that you vote intelligently and if you have time, make sure you create your own version of the list since that will also affect the rankings. And when you are done, do what I am doing and try to get someone else to do the same. Maybe take a que from the Persib fans and see if you can get some of your Facebook followers to follow suit.
Posted November 30, 2011 by an anonymous TheTopTens visitor in response to the list of Best Football (Soccer) Clubs in the World.
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