International Football Federation of History and Statistics (IFFHS) crowned Kumasi Asante Kotoko as Africa’s club of the century in London (Fulham) on Monday February 1st, 2010.
Demand was high for a ranking based on titles won, placings in competitions and other factors over the entire 20th century (between 1901 and 2001...)
Kotoko prior to the award had won 2 CAF Champions Cup, now the CAF Champions League and emerged as runners-up on 5 occasions. They also lost the final of the Cup winners Cup in 2002 and the Confederations Cup in 2005.
The club of the century for each of the six continents were given a golden trophy and a certificate
Details of the award winners for the various continents were:
Africa’s club of the century-Kumasi Asante Kotoko(Ghana)
Europe’s Club of the century-Real Madrid (Spain)
South America’s club of the centrury-CA Penanol Montevideo(Uruguay)
Asia’s club of the century- AL Hilal FC Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
Central and North America’s club of the century-CD Saprissa San Juan de Tibas San Jose-(Costa Rica)
Oceania’s club of the century-South Melbourne FC-(Australia)
IFFHS explained how they reached their conclusion in naming the club of the century for the various continents.
"For some years now, the IFFHS has been asked by clubs, sports journalists and fans to determine the clubs of the century for the individual continents but on a realistic basis without imaginary values and subjective influences," the statement on the IFFHS website explains.
"The rankings published so far have been based on the number of titles won or placings or marathon tables in competitions.
"Because the Club World Ranking (by IFFHS) has been determined monthly only since January 1991, it cannot be used as the basis for determining the club of the century.
"The IFFHS has decided these continental clubs of the century and with it continental rankings of century to determine exclusively on the base of individual match results of the continental club competitions.
"The national competitions are merely a prerequisite to qualify for the continental club competitions. Intercontinental club competitions were not taken into consideration."