Football in France drops as UEFA releases European league rankings - Doha News

Football in France drops as UEFA releases European league rankings – Doha News

Qatari Paris Saint Germain are the only French club since Monaco in 2004 to reach the final of the Champions League.

The 2023 UEFA League rankings have been released, showing that the competitiveness of French clubs has declined over the past season, dropping the country to seventh after the Netherlands.

In the 2021/22 season, UEFA placed France as the fourth country in the association’s club coefficient based on points gained by all its clubs in a given season. Points are awarded to club victories in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), UEFA Europa League (UEL) and UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL).

Paris Saint-Germain’s elimination in the last 16 of this year’s Champions League marked the fifth in 12 seasons for what is regarded as the best French club in the country.

The result, as well as the lack of performance by other French clubs to make it to the UEFA tournament, was a blow to France’s standings in the table.

However, France’s Ligue 1 is still in the top five leagues on UEFA’s most current coefficient ranking, which takes into account each club’s results in UEFA competition.

France lags behind Italy, Germany, Spain and England in the coefficient ranking.

Unsurprisingly, English clubs dominated the table as West Ham lifted the Europa Conference trophy and Manchester City lifted the Champions League title.

With 55 positions in both the UEFA Club Coefficient and Seasonal Club Coefficient, San Marino and Belarus are tied at the bottom of the table.

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