By Yoshiki Matsunaga on August 14, 2014
Performance in the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League are important indicators of how good the best teams from a league are, but that only measures teams that are able to compete in UEFA competitions. The strength of a league should be measured by how well teams perform in UEFA competitions, but also the unpredictability of each match in their domestic league. Here is a ranking of leagues competing in the UEFA Champions League.
The Serie A is no longer the competition it used to be with all their financial difficulty, but it still has a respectable competition. Like the Bundesliga, the Italian league has become a league dominated by Juventus, which finished 15 points ahead of the second place AS Roma. The Italians have not fared well in UEFA competition since 2010.
The Bundesliga is third in UEFA Coefficient, but their league is not competitive at all. The 2013-14 season saw Bayern Munich destroy its competition with a 19-point lead over Dortmund which finished second and a 30-point difference from fourth-place finisher Bayern Leverkusen. The Bundesliga is clearly a one-horse race, but the high level of play keeps this competition in the conversation.
The Portuguese have overtaken the Italians in UEFA coefficient, but it seems to be strictly through their performance in the Europa League and the occasional good showing in the Champions League. Their domestic league does seem to provide more competition than the Bundesliga and the Serie A.
The La Liga has long been believed to have only two teams, but the rise of Atletico Madrid last season, an all-Spanish final in the Champions League and Sevilla winning the Europa League seems to indicate otherwise. However, the league ended with the three teams at the top within three points of one another, but the fourth-place team was 20 points beyond the title.
The Premier League has long been believed to be the best league in the world, but their top teams have not fared well in UEFA competition, dropping below Spain in terms of UEFA Coefficient. However, the Premier League is the only league in discussion to have four teams at the top within 10 points of each other. Although the Premier League may no longer boast the best teams, the English game is still the best in terms of competition.
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