Very good news for France in the UEFA index

Very good news for France in the UEFA index

If not everything was perfect this week and from the level of PSG against Maccabi Haifa (victory of the Parisian club 7-2 in the Champions League), the European balance of the French clubs between Tuesday and Thursday is more than satisfactory. Of course, OM lost to Eintracht Frankfurt (2-1) and may have some regrets, but the Marseille club is still in the running to qualify for the round of 16 of the C1 competition. A classification that, let’s remember, grants bonus points (5 points, which corresponds for France to the equivalent of 3 victories in the European Cup) to each nation that places a team in the 1/8 finals of C1. This is also one of the reasons why England have risen to the top of the table with 3 clubs already qualified for the next round of the Champions League.

What’s next after this announcement?

Paris has regained its bonus points and could therefore be imitated next week by OM in the event of a victory against Tottenham and therefore qualification for 1/8. In C3 and C4, the clubs are performing quite well this season. This is the case of Rennes who may harbor some regrets after the comeback of Fenerbahce who, however, lost by 3 goals after 30 minutes of play (final score 3-3), but also of Monaco who had to concede a draw in Budapest against Ferencvaros (1-1). But Nantes, who beat Qarabag 2-1 with forceps, and Nice, who beat Partizan Belgrade (2-1), keep all their chances for the next round.

Portugal and Holland put themselves at a good distance

Which put a good gap with France’s two pursuers in the UEFA index, namely Portugal and the Netherlands. The former took advantage of the victories and especially the qualifications of Benfica and FC Porto in 1/8 of C1 to maintain their difference with France in the current season’s classification, but not enough to return to the general classification of C1 UEFA Index, calculated based on the European results of the last five seasons, where France maintains an advantage of 4,448 points. Regarding the Netherlands, the French clubs can smile after having trembled at the start of the season. Ajax’s premature exit from the Champions League should allow France to maintain a thick cushion ahead of the Netherlands at the end of the season.

What to expect more serenely that the latter maintains its fifth place in the general classification of the UEFA index at the end of the current season. Remember, this place will allow four clubs to qualify for the new Champions League formula (3 classified directly in the League phase, plus 1 in the preliminary round, that is, one more than currently), whose first edition will be played in 2024- 2025. Now it remains to transform next week’s test of OM, Nice, Nantes and Monaco by France and continue putting Holland but especially Portugal at a good distance…

Ranking of nations with a UEFA coefficient for the 2022/23 season (in parentheses, the number of clubs remaining in competition and the number of clubs qualified this season for European competitions) as of 10/28/2022:

-1. England 13,428 points (7/7)

-two. Spain 11,142 points (7/7)

-3. Germany 10,500 (7/7)

-4. Italy 10,071 points (7/7)

-5. Belgium 9,200 points (4/5)

-6. Portugal 9,000 points (4/6)

-7. France 8,583 points (6/6)

-8. Turkey 8,400 points (4/5)

-9. Netherlands 7,500 points (4/5)

-10. Liechtenstein 6,500 points (1/1)

Ranking of nations by UEFA coefficient in the last five seasons (between 2018 and 2023):

-1. England 99,998 points

-two. Spain 87,569 points

-3. Germany 75,856 points

-4. Italy 69,640 points

-5. France 57,164 points

-6. Netherlands 53,900 points

-7. Portugal 52,716 points

-8. Belgium 36,400 points

-9. Scotland 36,400 points

-10. Austria 33,600 points

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