THE MOST INTERESTING FOOTBALL LEAGUE IN EUROPE 2019

























When you ask people what are the best football leagues in Europe, you'll probably get answers like English Premier League or Italian Serie A or Spanish La Liga. But are they? Statistically I mean. When you look at the cold facts are the Big Five really the best when it comes to competition? And when I say best I mean most interesting, most exciting, most even. The league that gives you the most bang for the buck from the first kick-off to the last final whistle. The league where you can't say for sure in day 1 who will win the forthcoming season. My stats are not about budgets, star players, TV money, fan bases or such - just how they fare in their leagues and in Europe.

My 2019 statistics contains eight categories and I've given points according how interesting the league is. I also weigh recent seasons more in a way of giving x2 points to the last 10 seasons and x4 points to the last 5 seasons datas. I've also included UEFA Ranking to calculations. All in all, more points - more interesting. I've chosen here the leagues that have average attendances above 2500 so I've ignored all the microleagues.

English league has topped the statistics and it has been more competitive recently compared to 10-20 years ago when Manchester United were a clear number one team. The quality of Scottish league (one of my favourite leagues), alas, has been going more and more downwards and looks like there's not a thing in the future to change that trend. I guess Celtic will be again the favourite to win the title and the teams will exit Europe too soon. Get a grip, Scotland! Germany's and Italy's low score just tells the obvious i.e. when one team starts to dominate the league it will eventually become more boring.

PS. I have taken the pics years ago at a two different FC Jazz matches. That's my favourite Finnish team.

H.A. Hakonen (BjörneTown)

e-mail: thefedorabloke@gmail.com






THE MOST INTERESTING
FOOTBALL LEAGUE
IN EUROPE 2019:


01. England: 128 points
02. Belgium: 122
03. Russia: 120

04. Sweden: 113
05. Poland: 112
05. Romania: 112
07. Turkey: 106
08. Netherlands: 104
09. Czech Republic: 97
10. Hungary: 96
10. Portugal: 96
12. France: 94
13. Denmark: 91
14. Spain: 90
15. Germany: 88
16. Ireland: 87
17. Greece: 85
18. Ukraine: 78
18. Cyprus: 78
20. Italy: 77
21. Kazakhstan: 73
21. Israel: 73
21. Austria: 73
24. Norway: 72
25. Serbia: 68
26. Switzerland: 67
27. Finland: 66
28. Scotland: 56
29. Croatia: 52





THE LAST 25 SEASONS - MOST WINS:

01. Aktobe/Astana (Kazakhstan): 5 titles = 21 pts
01. Shelbourne (Ireland): 5 = 21
03. Malmö (Sweden): 6 = 20
04. Olympique Lyonnais (France): 7 = 19
04. Debreceni/Ferencvaros (Hungary): 7 = 19
06. Wisla Krakow (Poland): 8 = 18
06. Spartak Moscow (Russia): 8 = 18
08. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel): 9 = 17
09. Steaua Bucuresti (Romania): 10 = 16
10. HJK (Finland): 11 = 15
10. PSV (Netherlands): 11 = 15
10. Sparta Praha (Czech Republic): 11 = 15
10. Manchester United (England): 11 = 15
14. FC Kobenhavn (Denmark): 12 = 14
14. RB Salzburg (Austria): 12 = 14
14. Galatasaray (Turkey): 12 = 14
14. Barcelona (Spain): 12 = 14
14. Basel (Switzerland): 12 = 14
14. Anderlecht (Belgium): 12 = 14
20. Juventus (Italy): 13 = 13
20. APOEL (Cyprus): 13 = 13
20. Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine): 13 = 13
23. Partizan Beograd (Serbia): 15 = 11
23. Celtic (Scotland): 15 = 11
23. FC Porto (Portugal): 15 = 11
26. Bayern München (Germany): 16 = 10
27. Rosenborg (Norway): 18 = 8
28. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia): 19 = 7
28. Olympiakos (Greece): 19 = 7


THE LAST 25 SEASONS -
HOW MANY DIFFERENT WINNERS:


01. Kazakhstan: 11 diff. winners = 11 points
02. Hungary: 10
02. Sweden: 10
02. France: 10
02. Poland: 10
06. Finland: 9
06. Ireland: 9
08. Romania: 8
09. Denmark: 7
09. Switzerland: 7
11. Israel: 6
11. Austria: 6
11. Norway: 6
11. Germany: 6
11. Belgium: 6
11. Russia: 6
11. England: 6
18. Czech Republic: 5
18. Spain: 5
18. Netherlands: 5
18. Italy: 5
18. Cyprus: 5
23. Portugal: 4
23. Turkey: 4
23. Croatia: 4
23. Greece: 4
27. Serbia: 3
28. Ukraine: 2
28. Scotland: 2




LAST 10 SEASONS - MOST WINS:

01. Debreceni (Hungary): 3 titles = 16 pts
02. CFR Cluj (Romania): 4 = 14
02. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel): 4 = 14
02. Zenit (Russia): 4 = 14
02. Manchester City (England): 4 =14
02. Dundalk (Ireland): 4 = 14
02. Legia (Poland): 4 = 14
08. Galatasaray (Turkey): 5 = 12
08. Astana 2009 (Kazakhstan): 5 = 12
08. Ajax (Netherlands): 5 = 12
08. Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic): 5 = 12
08. Malmö (Sweden): 5 = 12
08. Anderlecht (Belgium): 5 = 12
14. Benfica (Portugal): 6 = 10
14. Rosenborg (Norway): 6 = 10
14. PSG (France): 6 = 10
14. FC Kobenhavn (Denmark): 6 = 10
14. Partizan Beograd (Serbia): 6 = 10
19. Barcelona (Spain): 7 = 8
19. Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine): 7 = 8
19. Bayern München (Germany): 7 = 8
19. Olympiakos (Greece): 7 = 8
23. Juventus (Italy): 8 = 6
23. HJK (Finland): 8 = 6
23. Celtic (Scotland): 8 = 6
23. RB Salzburg (Austria): 8 = 6
23. APOEL (Cyprus): 8 = 6
23. Basel (Switzerland): 8 = 6
29. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia): 9 = 4


LAST 10 SEASONS -
HOW MANY DIFFERENT WINNERS:


01. Hungary: 6 different winners = 12 points
01. Poland: 6 = 12
01. Ireland: 6 = 12
04. France: 5 = 10
04. Sweden: 5 = 10
04. Romania: 5 = 10
04. Israel: 5 = 10
04. Denmark: 5 = 10
04. Russia: 5 = 10
10. Belgium: 4 = 8
10. Netherlands: 4 = 8
10. Kazakhstan: 4 = 8
10. Czech Republic: 4 = 8
10. Turkey: 4 = 8
10. England: 4 = 8
10. Greece: 4 = 8
17. Norway: 3 = 6
17. Finland: 3 = 6
17. Austria: 3 = 6
17. Cyprus: 3 = 6
17. Spain: 3 = 6
17. Italy: 3 = 6
23. Germany: 2 = 4
23. Switzerland: 2 = 4
23. Portugal: 2 = 4
23. Scotland: 2 = 4
23. Serbia: 2 = 4
23. Ukraine: 2 = 4
23. Croatia: 2 = 4




LAST 5 SEASONS - MOST WINS:

01. Videoton/Ferencvaros (Hungary): 2 titles = 16 points
01. Chelsea/ManC (England): 2 = 16
01. FC Brügge (Belgium): 2 = 16
01. Zenit (Russia): 2 = 16
01. CFR Cluj (Romania): 2 = 16
01. Legia (Poland): 2 16
07. Galatasaray (Turkey): 3 = 12
07. FC Kobenhavn (Denmark): 3 = 12
07. PSV (Netherlands): 3 = 12
07. Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine): 3 = 12
07. Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic): 3 = 12
07. Hapoel Be'er Sheva (Israel): 3 = 12
07. HJK (Finland): 3 = 12
07. Crvena Zvezda (Serbia): 3 = 12
07. Malmö (Sweden): 3 = 12
07. Basel (Switzerland): 3 = 12
07. Olympiakos (Greece): 3 = 12
18. Barcelona (Spain): 4 = 8
18. Rosenborg (Norway): 4 = 8
18. Dundalk (Ireland): 4 = 8
18. Benfica (Portugal): 4 = 8
18. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia): 4 = 8
18. PSG (France): 4 = 8
24. Astana (Kazakhstan): 5 = 4
24. RB Salzburg (Austria): 5 = 4
24. Bayern München (Germany): 5 = 4
24. APOEL (Cyprus): 5 = 4
24. Celtic (Scotland): 5 = 4
24. Juventus (Italy): 5 = 4


LAST 5 SEASONS -
HOW MANY DIFFERENT WINNERS:


01. Romania: 4 different winners = 16 points
01. Russia: 4 = 16
01. Belgium: 4 = 16
01. Poland: 4 = 16
05. Hungary: 3 = 12
05. Denmark: 3 = 12
05. England: 3 = 12
05. Netherlands: 3 = 12
05. Finland: 3 = 12
05. Sweden: 3 = 12
05. Greece: 3 = 12
12. Norway: 2 = 8
12. Czech Republic: 2 = 8
12. Spain: 2 = 8
12. Turkey: 2 = 8
12. Ireland: 2 = 8
12. Israel: 2 = 8
12. France: 2 = 8
12. Portugal: 2 = 8
12. Serbia: 2 = 8
12. Ukraine: 2 = 8
12. Croatia: 2 = 8
12. Switzerland: 2 = 8
24. Kazakhstan: 1 = 4
24. Austria: 1 = 4
24. Germany: 1 = 4
24. Cyprus: 1 = 4
24. Italy: 1 = 4
24. Scotland: 1 = 4




THE POINT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
1st AND 2nd (Latest full season):


01. England: 1 pt between 1st & 2nd = 29 pts
02. Romania: 2 = 28
02. Cyprus: 2 = 28
02. Turkey: 2 = 28
02. Belgium: 2 = 28
02. Portugal: 2 = 28
02. Sweden: 2 = 28
02. Germany: 2 = 28
09. Netherlands: 3 = 21
10. Poland: 4 = 20
10. Czech Republic: 4 = 20
12. Greece: 5 = 18
12. Norway: 5 = 18
14. Russia: 8 = 16
15. Scotland: 9 = 15
15. Austria: 9 = 15
17. Ireland: 10 = 13
18. Ukraine: 11 = 12
18. Denmark: 11 = 12
18. Italy: 11 = 12
18. Spain: 11 = 12
22. Serbia: 12 = 8
23. Hungary: 13 = 7
24. Kazakhstan: 15 = 6
25. France: 16 = 5
25. Finland: 16 = 5
27. Switzerland: 20 = 3
28. Croatia: 25 = 2
29. Israel: 31 = 1

UEFA RANKING (5th July 2019):

01. Spain = 29 points
02. England = 28
03. Italy = 27
04. Germany = 26
05. France = 25
06. Russia = 24
07. Portugal = 23
08. Belgium = 22
09. Ukraine = 21
10. Turkey = 20
11. Netherlands = 19
12. Austria = 18
13. Czech Republic = 17
14. Greece = 16
15. Croatia = 15
16. Denmark = 14
17. Switzerland = 13
18. Cyprus = 12
19. Serbia = 11
20. Scotland = 10
21. Sweden = 9
22. Norway = 8
23. Kazakhstan = 7
24. Poland = 6
25. Israel = 5
26. Romania = 4
27. Hungary = 3
28. Ireland = 2
29. Finland = 1



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