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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Arsenal ahead of Manchester United in list of 20 best teams in Europe. Chelsea & Liverpool way behind


By Aries

According to Eurosport’s Champions League European Power Ranking, Arsenal are the best team in Europe. Manchester United lie second despite their defeat at Bolton.

Wins for Chelsea and Liverpool place them in seventh and tenth place respectively. Rangers have, due to their recent good performances at home and in Europe, moved to 12th from 14th. Celtic break into our top 20 at the expense of Slavia Prague.

EUROPEAN POWER RANKINGS (last week's position in brackets)

1 (1) Arsenal - 27.69
2 (2) Manchester United - 25.71
3 (3) Internazionale - 22.92
4 (4) Barcelona - 22.88
5 (5) Real Madrid - 21.15
6 (6) Porto - 20.55
7 (7) Chelsea - 20
8 (8) Roma - 19.17
9 (9) Milan - 19.08
10 (10) Liverpool - 18.72
11 (13) Fenerbahce - 17.92
12 (14) Rangers - 17.09
13 (11) Sevilla - 16.96
14 (12) Valencia - 16.73
15= (15) Shakhtar Donetsk - 16.61
15= (16) Rosenborg - 16.61
17 (17) Lyon - 16.57
18 (18) Benfica - 16.30
19 (19) Werder Bremen - 16.07
20 (-) Celtic - 13.82

Scores are based on points per game in domestic league and European games.

Domestic points per game are multiplied by the league coefficient - either 3, 4 or 5 with teams in stronger leagues getting more credit ( England, Spain and Italy are 5).

European victories are counted as three points for a win whether in league stage or not. They are all multiplied by a coefficient of 5.

Arsenal for example are reported by Eurosport to have a coefficient of 27.69. Eurosport calculate it as follows:

33 points from 13 Premier League games = 2.54 points per game. Multiplied by league coefficient of five : 2.54 x 5 = 12.69.

18 points from 6 Champions League games (including qualifying) = 3 points per game. Multiplied by European coefficient of five - 15

Total score = 12.69 + 15 = 27.69

However according to my calculations this should be 26.02, still topping the list. This is because Arsenal’s points gained in the Champion’s League (inclusive of the two victorious qualifying games) are 16 from 5 wins and a draw and not six wins as assumed by Eurosport.

But if the two qualifying games are ignored (Manchester United did not have to qualify) then it is Manchester United that tops the list with 25.79 points just ahead of Arsenal with 25.19 points.


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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

As if we needed Eurosport to tell us what we already know!

Anonymous said...

We are not only the best in Europe I think we are playing the best football in Europe. Is there an index that can measure that?

Artur said...

ee below for an explanation of the scoring system. (Last week's positions in brackets)

1 (1) Arsenal - 28.57

2 (5=) Barcelona - 26.67

3 (5=) Manchester United - 25.63

4 (4) Valencia - 23.75

5 (2=) Real Madrid -23.33

6 (18=) Porto - 22.00

7 (11) Shakhtar Donetsk - 20.95

8 (10) Rangers - 20.46

9 (9) Liverpool - 19.46

10 (27) Internazionale - 19.17

11 (13) Marseille - 18.11

12 (12) Fenerbahce - 17.64

13 (23) Chelsea - 17.50

14 (2=) Roma - 16.67

15 (14) Slavia Prague - 16.29

16 (8) Milan - 15.83

17 (30) Schalke - 15.50

18 (15) Rosenborg - 15.20

19= (16) Sevilla - 15.00

19= (25) Olympiacos - 15.00

21 (28=) Sporting Lisbon - 14.83

22= (7) PSV Eindhoven - 14.50

22= (20) Werder Bremen - 14.50

24 (18=) Besiktas - 14.33

25 (17) Benfica - 14.17

HOW IT WORKS

Scores are based on points per game in domestic league and European games.

Domestic points per game is multiplied by the league coefficient - either 3, 4 or 5 - with teams in stronger leagues getting more credit.

European victories are counted as three points for a win whether in league stage or not. They are all multiplied by a coefficient of 5.

League coefficients:

England, Spain, Italy = 5

Germany, Portugal, France = 4

Others = 3

Example: Arsenal

19 points from 7 Premier League games = 2.71 points per game.

Multiplied by league coefficient of five - 2.71 x 5 = 13.57

12 points from 4 Champions League games (including qualifying) = 3 points per game.

Multiplied by European coefficient of five - 15

Total score = 13.33 + 15 = 28.57

Wrighty7 said...

I believe that this team will just get better and better!!! It will turn all the potential into trophies and will be known in history as the greatest side ever!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to this site for hosting so many links for highlights. I only FINALLY got to see the highlights of the Wigan game and although the boys left it late it looked like a good performance and the result was deserved.

Nice to see maths tell us how awesome we know we are. :D

Anonymous said...

That is the most retarded ranking system I have ever seen..

Anonymous said...

You are obviously a manchester united fan because you dont like being second to Arsenal!

Steve said...

Who cares? 1st 2nd or 20th. It is trophies that count end of story. Lets counnt them at the end of the season.

Anonymous said...

Thats one of the most idiotic ranking systems i've ever seen. The fact Sevilla are so low shows its flaws. And arsenal the best team in europe, there not even the best in the league. I am a united fan before you all ask and resort to slaging but I will admit arsenal are a good team and play beautiful football but even with the crap system ur still only on top cause of the qualifiers.United will win the league. FACT!

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