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Real Madrid Remains Atop UEFA Rankings

In somewhat surprising fashion.

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Despite a season without any major trophies, Real Madrid still remains as the number one club in the most recent UEFA rankings released today. Rivals Barcelona, recently crowned champions of Europe, trail their rivals by seven points in mildly surprising news considering that they just capped off a treble and play in the same strong league as Real Madrid. Bayern Munich rounds off the top-3.


Per the UEFA website, here is how the rankings are determined:

  • The UEFA club coefficient rankings are based on the results of all European clubs in UEFA club competition.
  • The association club coefficient or country rankings take into account the results of all clubs from each association and are used to determine the number of entries an association is granted for forthcoming seasons.
  • The club coefficient rankings take into account the results of each club in UEFA club competition and are used to determine a club's seeding in club competition draws.
  • The coefficients - from which the rankings are formed and which are based on performances over the last five seasons - will be updated directly after each completed round of UEFA club competition matches.
The league is also well-represented as three out of the top five teams are La Liga sides and four out of the top seven from the 2014-2015 season are from La Liga as well. With Valencia on the rise, we could be seeing yet another entry in the upper echelon of this ranking. Real Madrid will surely need more silverware next season if they are to make a claim for the top ranking as Barcelona and Bayern Munich have enjoyed more title success in recent years and are in prime position to overtake the capitol side.

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