The best soccer team in Europe
March 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 March 2008.

After three months of Inter Milan being on top Manchester United has finally assumed the top spot as the best team in Europe. Inter's two losses to Liverpool in the Champion's League, and two other losses to Napoli and Juventus in the Serie A has relegated them to sixth spot in the rankings.
Rank Team League GP GD P Max Points Ave. Points % Points Won PER
Score
1 Manchester United England 40 63 96 120 2.40 80.0%           96.7
2 FC Porto Portugal 32 35 74 96 2.31 77.1%           91.7
3 Arsenal England 40 48 87 120 2.18 72.5%           86.7
4 Barcelona Spain 38 42 78 114 2.05 68.4%           86.0
5 Chelsea England 40 43 87 120 2.18 72.5%           85.8
6 Inter Milan Italy 39 41 84 117 2.15 71.8%           84.6
6 Roma Italy 39 32 82 117 2.10 70.1%           84.6
8 Rangers Scotland 39 48 86 117 2.21 73.5%           81.6
9 Olympiacos Greece 35 30 73 105 2.09 69.5%           81.0
10 Liverpool England 40 48 78 120 1.95 65.0%           78.3
11 Panathinaikos Greece 33 31 71 99 2.15 71.7%           77.3
12 Real Madrid Spain 38 37 76 114 2.00 66.7%           76.3
13 Lyon France 39 35 78 117 2.00 66.7%           76.1
14 Celtic Scotland 38 46 77 114 2.03 67.5%           75.4
15 PSV Eindhoven Holland 41 38 81 123 1.98 65.9%           75.2
16 Bayern Munich Germany 34 44 69 102 2.03 67.6%           75.0
17 Everton England 40 34 78 120 1.95 65.0%           73.8
18 Villarreal Spain 36 19 72 108 2.00 66.7%           72.7
19 Hamburg SV Germany 34 26 64 102 1.88 62.7%           71.1
20 Bordeaux France 37 23 71 111 1.92 64.0%           69.8
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 February 2008 ranking

See January 2008 ranking

See December 2007 ranking

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