A Uefa-thin lead for La Liga

The Big Four, carving up the pie: Most successful Champions league nations, based on our points system for 1992-93 to 2011-12.

The Big Four, carving up the pie: Most successful Champions league nations, based on our points system for 1992-93 to 2011-12.

We’re slap bang in the middle of the most exciting time in the football calendar: the Champions League Round of 16. The ides of Feb’ sees the European elite (and Celtic) square off in the first, meaningful heavyweight clashes of the world’s most prestigious tournament in all of sportsdom.

Like the English Premier League, Uefa’s modern incarnation of its top competition was born in 1992, partly in order to stave off a European super league threatened by the biggest clubs. The last twenty years has seen a consolidation of success amongst the ‘major’ leagues of Spain, England, Germany and Italy.

One only needs to look at the last European Cup winners, Red Star Belgrade, to see that times have changed dramatically since the tournament adopted a group stage and, most importantly, beckoned in unparalleled riches for the competing clubs able to build on the advantage of their large domestic TV rights deals.

But which clubs have been the most successful in the modern era? And how dominant have the big four countries been?

If you award 1 point for group stage participation, 1.5 points for competing in the now defunct second group stage, 2 points for round of 16 elimination, 3 points for exiting at the QF stage, 4 for SF, 5 for runners-up and 6 for being crowned champions, the following 20 team league table from 1992-93 to 2011-12 can be drawn up:

Rank Club Country Total points
1 Barcelona Spain 56
1 Manchester United England 56
3 Real Madrid Spain 55
4 AC Milan Italy 52.5
5 Bayern Munich Germany 51
6 Juventus Italy 38.5
7 Chelsea England 38
8 Porto Portugal 34.5
9 Woolwich England 34
10 Internazionale Italy 31
11 Lyon France 26.5
12 Ajax Netherlands 26
13 Liverpool England 25
14 Valencia Spain 21
15 Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine 19.5
16 PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 19
17 Olympiacos Greece 18
18 Borussia Dortmund Germany 17.5
19 Marseille* France 16.5
20 Monaco France 16

*Marseille’s 1992-93 title was tainted by their match-fixing scandal under Bernard Tapie, yet still stands in the record books.

Crunching the numbers for all national representatives provides the following results:

Rank Country No. of clubs Total points
1 Spain 13 169.5
2 England 9 165.5
3 Italy 9 152
4 Germany 10 114.5
5 France 10 92.5
6 Portugal 5 59
7 Netherlands 7 53.5
8 Greece 3 37.5
9 Russia 5 33
10 Ukraine 2 28.5
11 Turkey 5 27.5
12 Scotland 2 19
13 Belgium 5 17.5
14 Norway 2 14.5
15 Czech Republic 3 11
15 Romania 4 11
17 Switzerland 4 9.5
18 Sweden 3 8
19 Croatia 2 7
19 Denmark 4 7
21 Austria 3 6.5
22 Cyprus 2 5
23 Israel 3 4
23 Poland 2 4
25 Belarus 1 3
25 Slovakia 3 3
27 Hungary 2 2
27 Serbia 1 2
29 Bulgaria 1 1
29 Finland 1 1
29 Slovenia 1 1

With four teams left in the last 16 to England’s two, Spain is set to stretch its lead at the top of the rankings this season.

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2 thoughts on “A Uefa-thin lead for La Liga

  1. Fact tastic! Hurt my brain a little, but i’ll be taking away the ‘Woolich’ reference from this and using it as my own (50p in the post). You rock my world, Ball Control.

  2. What is interesting here is that the country who has had the most number of participants has been successful. I know that some leagues have more entrants but even allowing for that it shows that the more competitive the league, the more competitive the clubs who represent it are.

    Great work

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