The best soccer team in Europe
February 29, 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 February 2008.

Rank Team League GP GD P Max Points Ave. Points % Points PER
Score
1 Inter Milan Italy 32 41 76 96 2.38 79.2%           94.8
2 Manchester United England 34 49 78 102 2.29 76.5%           93.1
3 Barcelona Spain 32 42 71 96 2.22 74.0%           91.7
4 Arsenal England 34 46 78 102 2.29 76.5%           90.2
5 FC Porto Portugal 27 31 61 81 2.26 75.3%           88.9
5 Roma Italy 24 21 50 72 2.08 69.4%           88.9
7 Olympiacos Greece 28 29 60 84 2.14 71.4%           85.7
8 Chelsea England 33 28 68 99 2.06 68.7%           81.8
9 Real Madrid Spain 32 36 67 96 2.09 69.8%           81.3
10 Panathinaikos Greece 27 28 60 81 2.22 74.1%           80.9
11 Rangers Scotland 34 43 74 102 2.18 72.5%           80.4
11 PSV Eindhoven Holland 34 37 72 102 2.12 70.6%           80.4
13 Celtic Scotland 33 43 70 99 2.12 70.7%           79.8
14 Everton England 33 33 68 99 2.06 68.7%           77.8
15 Bayern Munich Germany 27 38 56 81 2.07 69.1%           76.5
16 Lyon France 33 27 63 99 1.91 63.6%           74.7
17 Liverpool England 33 39 60 99 1.82 60.6%           73.7
18 AC Milan Italy 32 25 56 96 1.75 58.3%           72.9
19 Hamburg SV Germany 27 22 52 81 1.93 64.2%           72.8
20 Fiorentina Italy 23 9 43 69 1.87 62.3%           72.5
  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.

See April 2008 rankings

See March 2008 ranking

See January 2008 ranking

See December 2007 ranking

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