Greece 8th In UEFA Champions' League History
Because of Greece’s falling UEFA coefficient and changes to the competition structure, getting into the Champions’ League for Greek sides is becoming an extremely difficult proposition. However, it wasn’t always like that.
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This season was the first in 20 years where Greece did not have at least one representative in the Champions’ League Group Stage. In the past, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, and AEK have all participated in the competition.
According to the official UEFA Champions’ League Handbook, Greece are actually 8th out of all European countries for points earned by clubs in the Champions’ League since the competition came into being in the 1992/93 season.
Greece’s ‘Big Three’ clubs have amassed 176 points in the 208 matches they have played in the world’s premier club competition. This puts Greece in 8th place ahead of countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Scotland, Belgium, Norway, and Switzerland.
As far as clubs are concerned, Olympiacos is the highest-ranking club from Greece. The Erythrolefki are 17th out of all clubs in Europe with respect to points gained. The Piraeus club have managed to pick up 96 points from their 108 overall matches in the competition. This puts the reigning Greek champions ahead of some big clubs on the continent including Bayer Leverkusen, PSV, Benfica, Dynamo Kiev, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray, Roma, and Monaco. Olympiacos are also tied for 6th in Europe for most season participating in the competition with 17.
Panathinaikos are the second Greek side on the list and they are in 27th place overall with 64 points from 74 matches in 9 seasons. The Prasini are also ahead of some massive continental clubs, leaving behind the likes of Schalke, Marseille, Manchester City, Lazio, Sevilla, Sporting Lisbon, and Fiorentina amongst others.
AEK are 64th out of the 135 teams to have played in the Group Stage. The Kitrinomavri have managed 16 points from 24 matches in their 4 appearances.
These are respectable numbers when compared to Europe’s best sides. However, one one wonders how things will look in a few years as Greek sides must now navigate at least two qualifying playoffs in order to reach the Group Stage.