Champions League

Top 30 clubs in UEFA's ten-year rankings

Ross Jackson
Dec 31, 2020, 5:15 PM GMT
UEFA have released their ten-year club coefficients
UEFA have released their ten-year club coefficients / Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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There's so many awards and competitions in football these days, you'd be forgiven for paying very little attention when you see another set of rankings have been released.

However, the UEFA club coefficients are are a rare breed - and by that we mean they actually do matter.

European football's administrative body release a list each year, with clubs ranked on their performances in the previous five seasons in the Champions League and Europa League - the higher a team places, the better their seeding in UEFA competitions. Simple.

Bayern Munich won the Champions League in 2020
Bayern Munich won the Champions League in 2020 / MANU FERNANDEZ/Getty Images

The seedings are also used to determine how many European places are allocated to each country, so in truth they're a pretty big deal.

UEFA released their ten-year club coefficients recently, so here's a rundown of how each club fared over the last decade.

1. Real Madrid

Madrid have enjoyed a stellar decade of European football
Madrid have enjoyed a stellar decade of European football / FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Despite the unthinkable almost happening this season as Real Madrid almost crashed out at the group stage of this season's Champions League, the last ten years have been full of European glory for Los Blancos.

A run of four Champions League trophies in five years sees Zinedine Zidane's side top of the pile.

2. Bayern Munich

Bayern are the best team in Europe right now
Bayern are the best team in Europe right now / MANU FERNANDEZ/Getty Images

Let's be honest, they're the best team in Europe at the moment by a country mile, but even Bayern Munich's two Champions League triumphs weren't enough to secure top spot.

Still, second place isn't bad - words never muttered by anyone who has ever been connected with Die Roten.

3. Barcelona

Barcelona lift the 2015 Champions League trophy
Barcelona lift the 2015 Champions League trophy / VI-Images/Getty Images

Another side with two European triumphs to their name in the last ten years.

Barcelona tasted Champions League success in 2011 and 2015, though they appear to be a long way away from adding to their bulging trophy cabinet at this moment in time.

4. Atletico Madrid

Simeone has developed a knack for grinding out results
Simeone has developed a knack for grinding out results / Julian Finney/Getty Images

Ah Diego Simeone. Since taking the reins at Atletico he's transformed the club into one of European football's powerhouses, twice finishing runner-up in the Champions League and notching two Europa League crowns.

Some managers just have a knack for grinding out results when it matters most.

5. Chelsea

Chelsea were crowned champions of Europe in 2012
Chelsea were crowned champions of Europe in 2012 / Steve Bardens/Getty Images

It's easy to forget that Chelsea were champions of Europe in the last ten years, having secured their maiden European triumph over Bayern Munich back in 2012.

They've also had two Europa league wins in that time, beating Benfica in 2013 and Arsenal in 2019.

6. Juventus

Ronaldo is yet to end Juventus' long wait for Champions League success
Ronaldo is yet to end Juventus' long wait for Champions League success / Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

It's tough to comprehend that a side of Juventus' stature could go 24 years without winning the Champions League - but, there you have it.

The Old Lady haven't won the competition since 1996 - though that's not to say they haven't come close in the meantime, losing in the final against Barcelona and Real Madrid in the last ten years alone.

7. Manchester United

Paul Pogba lifts the Europa League trophy
Paul Pogba lifts the Europa League trophy / SOREN ANDERSSON/Getty Images

Manchester United may not quite be the force they once were in European football, but that's not to say they haven't experienced success in the last decade.

The Red Devils were Champions League runners-up in 2011 and won the Europa League in 2017.

8. Paris Saint-Germain

So near yet so far for Neymar in 2020
So near yet so far for Neymar in 2020 / David Ramos/Getty Images

Oh what could have been for Neymar and co.

Paris Saint-Germain have made no secret of their desire to be crowned champions of Europe - especially considering the French league title is pretty much nailed on every season nowadays - and they came within 90 minutes of achieving their dream last August.

Still, there's no shame in being beaten by the machine that is Hansi Flick's Bayern.

9. Porto

Porto are no strangers to causing upsets in Europe
Porto are no strangers to causing upsets in Europe / MIGUEL RIOPA/Getty Images

Perhaps a surprise inclusion so far up the list when you consider some of the sides who are yet to come, but Porto are mainstays in Europe's premier competition.

The Portuguese side have competed in the Champions League in nine of the last ten years, meaning they've racked up the points and finish higher than some sides who have actually tasted European success.

10. Manchester City

Pep Guardiola's quest for Champions League glory with City goes on
Pep Guardiola's quest for Champions League glory with City goes on / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

In much the same way as PSG, Manchester City have thrown a ridiculous amount of money at their question for glory, and they're at a point now where the league title just doesn't cut it.

They've had a good go over the last ten years but have yet to break their Champions League duck, with a semi-final spot in 2016 they best they've managed.

11. Arsenal

Arsenal are more accustomed to the Europa League these days
Arsenal are more accustomed to the Europa League these days / Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Huh? Oh yeah, they actually used to be alright.

Well, it's a while ago now since they competed in the Champions League - and in the last ten years they've not made it past the last 16 of the competition - but in the Europa League they've reached the semi-final and the final, so they rank pretty highly.

12. Benfica

Jorge Jesus's side are regulars in the Champions League
Jorge Jesus's side are regulars in the Champions League / Gualter Fatia/Getty Images

As with Porto, Benfica may rarely trouble the latter stages of the Champions League, but they've been stalwarts of the competition of late and so have racked up the points.

Two quarter-final appearances in the last decade is the best they've managed, while they regularly drop into the Europa League at the group stage of the Champions League.

13. Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund were beaten finalists in 2013
Dortmund were beaten finalists in 2013 / Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images

Remember all the way back in 2013 when Jurgen Klopp's side were just minutes away from taking the Champions League final to extra-time, only for Arjen Robben to deny them?

Since then Dortmund have been pretty disappointing in European competitions, with quarter-final finishes the best they've managed.

14. Sevilla

Sevilla are the kings of the Europa League
Sevilla are the kings of the Europa League / LARS BARON/Getty Images

It goes to show just how much more weight the Champions League carries over the Europa League in UEFA's rankings.

Sevilla ARE the Europa League, but they find themselves all the way down in 14th place.

15. Liverpool

Liverpool won the Champions League in 2019
Liverpool won the Champions League in 2019 / Michael Regan/Getty Images

While Liverpool conquered Europe in 2019, they spent a number of seasons in the Europa League and failed to qualify for Europe at all in some others, meaning the Premier League champions only just make it into the top 15.

Still, seems wrong doesn't it?

16. Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar are regulars in European competitions
Shakhtar are regulars in European competitions / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/Getty Images

Regulars in the Champions League but another team who often find themselves in the Europa League at the turn of the year.

A quarter-final departure from Europe's premier competition is the best the Ukrainian side have managed in the past ten years.

17. Tottenham

Lucas Moura sends Spurs to the Champions League final
Lucas Moura sends Spurs to the Champions League final / Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Four Champions League appearances in the last five seasons boosts Tottenham's ranking, but aside from those they've been Europa League competitors.

Their 2019 Champions League final defeat to Liverpool is by far the best they've managed in the competition.

18. Ajax

Ajax suffered heartbreak in the 2019 Champions League semi-final
Ajax suffered heartbreak in the 2019 Champions League semi-final / VI-Images/Getty Images

Speaking of Tottenham's 2019 final defeat - it could so easily have been Ajax.

Pretty much the whole of Europe fell in love with the Dutch side's energetic, youthful side in that run to the semi-final, though they were thwarted by a Lucas Moura hat-trick.

19. Napoli

Lorenzo Insigne is a huge reason why Napoli are ranked so highly
Lorenzo Insigne is a huge reason why Napoli are ranked so highly / MARCO BERTORELLO/Getty Images

Napoli just can't seem to make a mark whenever they qualify for the Champions League.

The last 16 is the best they've managed in the competition over the past decade, and to be fair they don't acquit themselves much better in the Europa League.

20. Zenit St Petersburg

Zenit St Petersburg have been regulars in European competitions over the last decade
Zenit St Petersburg have been regulars in European competitions over the last decade / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Zenit St Petersburg experienced success in the UEFA Cup back in 2008, though they've never looked like replicating that feat since.

The Russians rarely make it past the group stages in the Champions League and they finished bottom of their group this season, picking up just one point from their six games.

21. Lyon

Memphis Depay has reignited his career at Lyon
Memphis Depay has reignited his career at Lyon / Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Lyon took many by surprise as they made it to the semi-final stage of the 2019/20 Champions League, knocking Manchester City out on their way, though they too were thwarted by the mighty Bayern Munich.

The French side were also Europa League semi-finalists back in 2017.

22. Schalke

Christian Gross has a huge job on his hands at Schalke
Christian Gross has a huge job on his hands at Schalke / EuroFootball/Getty Images

If this list took current form into account then Schalke would be absolutely nowhere near the top 30.

They're rock bottom of the Bundesliga, though luckily for them (kinda) they used to not be rubbish, with their 2011 Champions League semi-final defeat boosting their ranking.

23. Valencia

Javi Gracia's side reached the last 16 in last season's Champions League
Javi Gracia's side reached the last 16 in last season's Champions League / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Is this the section for Europe's fallen clubs or something?

Valencia may not quite be in as bad a situation as Schalke right now, but they aren't much better off.

Three Europa League semi-finals in the last ten years mean they score quite highly, though their Champions League performances in that time have been far from stellar.

24. Basel

Ciriaco Sforza's Basel are the highest placed Swiss team
Ciriaco Sforza's Basel are the highest placed Swiss team / Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

Basel rarely threating the latter rounds of the Champions League, though they've made it to the qualifying rounds in every one of the last ten seasons in fairness to them.

Last season's quarter-final exit in the Europa League was the second time they reached the stage of the competition in the last ten years, with their semi-final exit in 2013 the best they've managed.

25. Bayer Leverkusen

Peter Bosz's men made it into the top 25
Peter Bosz's men made it into the top 25 / Lars Baron/Getty Images

Bayer Leverkusen have tried their hand in both the Champions League and the Europa League in the last ten years - with little success in either.

A quarter-final defeat to Inter in last year's Europa League is the furthest they've got in either competition in the last decade.

26. Milan

Stefano Pioli is leading the Milan revival
Stefano Pioli is leading the Milan revival / Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

For a team as steeped in tradition as Milan, the last decade has not been one to shout about.

However, the Serie A outfit did manage to reach the quarter-finals of the 2012 Champions League, and a couple of last 16 exits mean they squeeze into the top 30.

27. Inter

Antonio Conte's side are in at 27
Antonio Conte's side are in at 27 / Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

It's not been the best of decades for either Milan club.

Inter have been just about as rubbish as their neighbours when it comes to European competitions lately, though finishing runners-up in last season's Europa League and a quarter-final finish in the 2011 Champions League means they too sneak in.

28. Dynamo Kyiv

Dynamo Kyiv are 28th on UEFA's list
Dynamo Kyiv are 28th on UEFA's list / SERGEI SUPINSKY/Getty Images

The Europa League is where Dynamo Kyiv have gleaned the majority of their points in the rankings, though the quarter-finals in 2015 and 2011 is as good as it's got.

They did, however, make it to the last 16 of the Champions League in 2016.

29. Roma

Roma are placed at 29
Roma are placed at 29 / Silvia Lore/Getty Images

The majority of Roma's points have come from their 2017/18 Champions League campaign.

The Italians looked to be dead and buried in their semi-final with Liverpool after going down 5-2 at Anfield in the first leg, only to pull the aggregate score back to 7-6 in injury time of the second leg.

Of course, it wasn't enough and they exited at the last four stage, but a stunning effort nonetheless.

30. Olympiacos

Olympiacos sneak into the top 30
Olympiacos sneak into the top 30 / MB Media/Getty Images

Olympiacos have made it past the group stages of the Champions League just once in the last ten years, though in six of those ten years they've dropped back into the Europe League, meaning they've picked up enough points to just make it into the top 30.

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