THE MOST INTERESTING FOOTBALL LEAGUE IN EUROPE 2021

























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 2021 statistics contains five categories and I've given points according how interesting the league is. 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.

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

H.A. "The Legless Scotsman" Hakonen

e-mail: legless.scotsman@gmail.com






THE MOST INTERESTING
FOOTBALL LEAGUE
IN EUROPE 2021:


01. DENMARK: 88 points
02. SWEDEN: 87
02. POLAND: 87

04. Belgium: 86
05. France: 85
05. Kazakhstan: 85
07. Israel: 82
07. Ireland: 82
09. Turkey: 76
09. Romania: 76
11. Hungary: 75
12. Spain: 73
12. Russia: 73
14. Finland: 72
15. England: 69
16. Czech Republic: 67
17. Portugal: 66
18. Cyprus: 60
19. Norway: 58
20. Netherlands: 51
21. Switzerland: 46
21. Ukraine: 46
23. Serbia: 45
24. Italy: 43
25. Austria: 40
25. Croatia: 40
27. Germany: 37
28. Greece: 29
29. Scotland: 25





THE LAST 25 SEASONS - MOST WINS:

01. Shelbourne/Dundalk (Ireland): 5 titles = 20 pts
02. Ashtana 2009 (Kazakhstan): 6 = 19
03. Malmö (Sweden): 7 = 18
03. Lyon/PSG (France): 7 = 18
03. Debreceni/Ferencvaros (Hungary): 7 = 18
03. Spartak Moscow (Russia): 7 = 18
07. Wisla Krakow/Legia (Poland): 8 = 17
07. Maccabi Haifa (Israel): 8 = 17
07. Steaua Bucuresti (Romania): 8 = 17
10. Manchester Utd (England): 10 = 15
10. Sparta Praha (Czechia): 10 = 15
10. Anderlecht (Belgium): 10 = 15
13. PSV (Netherlands): 11 = 14
14. HJK (Finland): 12 = 13
14. FC Kobenhavn (Denmark): 12 = 13
14. Galatasaray (Turkey): 12 = 13
14. Barcelona (Spain): 12 = 13
14. Basel (Switzerland): 12 = 13
14. Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine): 12 = 13
20. Red Bull Salzburg (Austria): 13 = 12
20. Juventus (Italy): 13 = 12
20. APOEL (Cyprus): 13 = 12
20. Partizan Beograd (Serbia): 13 = 12
24. Porto (Portugal): 14 = 11
25. Celtic (Scotland): 16 = 9
25. Rosenborg (Norway): 16 = 9
27. Bayern München (Germany): 18 = 7
28. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia): 20 = 5
29. Olympiakos (Greece): 21 = 4


THE LAST 25 SEASONS -
HOW MANY DIFFERENT WINNERS:


01. Kazakhstan: 11 diff. winners = 22 points
02. Hungary: 10 = 20
02. Sweden: 10 = 20
02. Poland: 10 = 20
05. France: 9 = 18
05. Finland: 9 = 18
05. Ireland: 9 = 18
08. Romania: 8 = 16
09. Denmark: 7 = 14
09. Switzerland: 7 = 14
09. Israel: 7 = 14
09. Norway: 7 = 14
13. Austria: 6 = 12
13. Germany: 6 = 12
13. Belgium: 6 = 12
13. England: 6 = 12
17. Russia: 5 = 10
17. Czech Republic: 5 = 10
17. Spain: 5 = 10
17. Netherlands: 5 = 10
17. Italy: 5 = 10
17. Cyprus: 5 = 10
17. Turkey: 5 = 10
24. Portugal: 4 = 8
24. Croatia: 4 = 8
24. Greece: 4 = 8
27. Serbia: 3 = 6
28. Ukraine: 2 = 4
28. Scotland: 2 = 4




LAST 10 SEASONS - MOST WINS:

01. Ferencvaros (Hungary): 4 titles = 18 pts
01. Viktoria Plzen/Slavia (Czechia): 4 = 18
01. Anderlecht/FC Brugge (Belgium): 4 = 18
01. Rosenborg/Molde (Norway): 4 = 18
01. FC Kobenhavn (Denmark): 4 =18
06. CFR Cluj (Romania): 5 = 15
06. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel): 5 = 15
06. Zenit (Russia): 5 = 15
06. Manchester City (England): 5 = 15
06. Dundalk (Ireland): 5 = 15
06. Galatasaray (Turkey): 5 = 15
06. Malmö (Sweden): 5 = 15
06. Benfica (Portugal): 5 = 15
06. Barcelona (Spain): 5 = 15
15. Legia (Poland): 6 = 12
15. Astana 2009 (Kazakhstan): 6 = 12
15. Ajax (Netherlands): 6 = 12
15. Crvena Zvezda (Serbia): 6 = 12
15. Basel (Switzerland): 6 = 12
20. PSG (France): 7 = 9
20. Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine): 7 = 9
20. HJK (Finland): 7 = 9
23. Olympiakos (Greece): 8 = 6
23. APOEL (Cyprus): 8 = 6
25. Juventus (Italy): 9 = 3
25. Bayern München (Germany): 9 = 3
25. Celtic (Scotland): 9 = 3
25. RB Salzburg (Austria): 9 = 3
25. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia): 9 = 3


LAST 10 SEASONS -
HOW MANY DIFFERENT WINNERS:


01. Sweden: 6 different winners = 18 points
02. Hungary: 5 = 15
02. Poland: 5 = 15
02. Ireland: 5 = 15
02. Denmark: 5 = 15
02. England: 5 = 15
07. France: 4 = 12
07. Romania: 4 = 12
07. Israel: 4 = 12
07. Russia: 4 = 12
07. Belgium: 4 = 12
07. Kazakhstan: 4 = 12
07. Czech Republic: 4 = 12
07. Turkey: 4 = 12
07. Norway: 4 = 12
07. Finland: 4 = 12
17. Netherlands: 3 = 9
17. Greece: 3 = 9
17. Cyprus: 3 = 9
17. Spain: 3 = 9
17. Portugal: 3 = 9
22. Austria: 2 = 6
22. Italy: 2 = 6
22. Germany: 2 = 6
22. Switzerland: 2 = 6
22. Scotland: 2 = 6
22. Serbia: 2 = 6
22. Ukraine: 2 = 6
22. Croatia: 2 = 6




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


01. Belgium: 0 pt between 1st & 2nd = 29 pts
01. Denmark: 1 = 28
01. France: 1 = 28
04. Turkey: 2 = 26
04. Spain: 2 = 26
06. Israel: 4 = 24
07. Cyprus: 5 = 23
07. Portugal: 5 = 23
07. Poland: 5 = 23
10. Kazakhstan: 7 = 20
10. Finland: 7 = 20
12. Russia: 8 = 18
12. Croatia: 8 = 18
14. Romania: 9 = 16
14. Sweden: 9 = 16
16. Ireland: 11 = 14
16. Ukraine: 11 = 14
18. England: 12 = 12
18. Czech Republic: 12 = 12
18. Italy: 12 = 12
21. Germany: 13 = 9
21. Serbia: 13 = 9
23. Austria: 15 = 7
24. Netherlands: 16 = 6
25. Norway: 19 = 5
26. Hungary: 20 = 4
27. Scotland: 25 = 3
28. Greece: 26 = 2
29. Switzerland: 31 = 1




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