The New Saints of Oswestry Town have today reached a record high of 44th in a list containing Europe’s elite sides by an online club ranking website.
The latest rankings published by www.footballdatabase.com show the Oswestry based side occupying the record high of 44th position in the European rankings, ahead of the likes AC Milan, Olympique Marseille and Boca Juniors.
Incredibly, Craig Harrison’s Saints are placed in a new high of 44 in the global rankings and are the top club in Wales, ahead of this weekend’s opponents Aberystwyth Town who are currently in 706th position.
The points-based ranking is dictated by an internationally recognised rating system which evaluates a club’s performance against its competitors over a non-fixed period of time and calculates the probability of their next win, defeat or draw. Effectively, this calculation reveals a team’s true strength relative to its competitors and allows the data to be compiled into a rankings system.
Predictably the European top 10 is comprised of heavyweights such as FC Barcelona, Bayern Munchen, Real Madrid CF, Paris Saint Germain and Arsenal.
Club Chairman Mike Harris expressed his delight at his club rubbing shoulders with such eminent European clubs, ‘It feels very good to be recognised in these rankings and I believe it shows the growth of the club based on our results and successes over the years.’
Harris added that, ‘It is not something we actively set out to look for but it was very pleasing to see ourselves so high in the rankings and it certainly highlights our progress as a club.’
TNS are currently top of the Dafabet Sports Welsh Premier League and are on course for a tenth WPL crown this season.