The best soccer team in Europe
January 31, 2008

The following table shows the list of the top 20 teams in Europe ranked by their percentage of points earned in domestic and UEFA competitions through the end of January 2008.

Rank Team League GP GD P Max Points Ave. Points % Points Wgt. % Points
1 Inter Milan Italy 26 38 65 78 2.50 83.3% 83.3%
2 Manchester United England 30 46 73 90 2.43 81.1% 82.4%
3 Arsenal England 30 42 70 90 2.33 77.8% 76.9%
4 Real Madrid Spain 27 34 64 81 2.37 79.0% 75.8%
5 Panathinaikos Greece 22 24 49 66 2.23 74.2% 74.3%
6 Barcelona Spain 27 35 58 81 2.15 71.6% 72.7%
7 FC Porto Portugal 23 22 52 69 2.26 75.4% 72.4%
8 Chelsea England 30 28 65 90 2.17 72.2% 71.3%
9 Bayern Munich Germany 22 31 47 66 2.14 71.2% 70.8%
10 Olympiacos Greece 24 24 52 72 2.17 72.2% 70.0%
11 Bordeaux France 27 12 54 81 2.00 66.7% 69.0%
12 AEK Athens Greece 22 30 47 66 2.14 71.2% 68.8%
13 Everton England 28 23 55 84 1.96 65.5% 67.8%
14 Roma Italy 23 20 47 69 2.04 68.1% 66.7%
15 Hamburg SV Germany 22 17 43 66 1.95 65.2% 66.7%
16 Celtic Scotland 28 35 58 84 2.07 69.0% 65.7%
16 Rangers Scotland 28 33 60 84 2.14 71.4% 65.7%
18 Villarreal Spain 25 10 48 75 1.92 64.0% 65.4%
19 Juventus Italy 17 20 35 51 2.06 68.6% 64.8%
20 Bayer Leverkusen Germany 22 23 42 66 1.91 63.6% 64.6%
UEFA Champions League
UEFA Cup
No European competition

Ranking Methodology
We evaluate the top teams within Europe by considering the percent of points that they have accumulated relative to the maximum points available from those games they have played. Next we consider all matches played, both within domestic top league competition and against UEFA competition foes. Because the quality of opposition by definition is stronger in UEFA Champions League play than it is in both UEFA Cup and domestic competitions we weight matches played in the Champions League at twice as valuable as those in domestic competition, and weight UEFA Cup matches as 1.5 times as important as domestic competition play.

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