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SOCCER INSIDER

The Times' World Rankings

November 25, 1998|GRAHAME L. JONES

NO.: 1.

PREVIOUS: (1)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Bayern Munich (Germany)

COMMENT: Could use victory over Brondby today.

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NO.: 2.

PREVIOUS: (2)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Real Madrid (Spain)

COMMENT: Key match against Inter Milan today.

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NO.: 3.

PREVIOUS: (4)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Manchester United (England)

COMMENT: Must beat Barcelona on the road.

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NO.: 4.

PREVIOUS: (5)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Olympique Marseille (France)

COMMENT: Earned a tough tie at AS Monaco.

*

NO.: 5.

PREVIOUS: (7)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Fiorentina (Italy)

COMMENT: Beating Inter Milan boosts confidence.

*

NO.: 6.

PREVIOUS: (6)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands)

COMMENT: Croatia Zagreb is next in line.

*

NO.: 7.

PREVIOUS: (3)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Juventus (Italy)

COMMENT: Political squabbles aren't helping.

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NO.: 8.

PREVIOUS: (8)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Boca Juniors (Argentina)

COMMENT: One tie will clinch championship.

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NO.: 9.

PREVIOUS: (11)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Cruz Azul (Mexico)

COMMENT: Finishes with best regular-season record.

*

NO.: 10.

PREVIOUS: (13)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Celta Vigo (Spain)

COMMENT: Impressive win over Liverpool.

*

NO.: 11.

PREVIOUS: (12)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Palmeiras (Brazil)

COMMENT: Handles Cruzeiro with ease.

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NO.: 12.

PREVIOUS: (10)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Aston Villa (England)

COMMENT: Lost its unbeaten status.

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NO.: 13.

PREVIOUS: (14)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Barcelona (Spain)

COMMENT: Must defeat Manchester United today.

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NO.: 14.

PREVIOUS: (9)

CLUB (COUNTRY): 1860 Munich (Germany)

COMMENT: Has fallen to third in Bundesliga.

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NO.: 15.

PREVIOUS: (--)

CLUB (COUNTRY): FC Porto (Portugal)

COMMENT: Brazil's Jardel remains the inspiration.

*

NO.: 16.

PREVIOUS: (16)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Guadalajara (Mexico)

COMMENT: Lost only three of 17.

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NO.: 17.

PREVIOUS: (17)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)

COMMENT: At home to Panathinaikos today.

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NO.: 18.

PREVIOUS: (19)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Spartak Moscow (Russia)

COMMENT: Sturm Graz shouldn't pose a threat.

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NO.: 19.

PREVIOUS: (18)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Inter Milan (Italy)

COMMENT: Struggling to find any rhythm.

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NO.: 20.

PREVIOUS: (--)

CLUB (COUNTRY): Cerro Porteno (Paraguay)

COMMENT: Wins championship on penalty kicks.

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Rankings based on teams' results and performances, weighing both the importance of the competition and strength of opponent.

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