UEFA Rankings: Switzerland closing in on Greece for 14th
Switzerland moved within a win of Greece in the UEFA Associations' Coefficient rankings and Greece are in danger of dropping to 15th.
Only AEK were able to grab points in this week's UEFA Champions and Europa League action with a 2-2 draw against Rijeka. Olympiacos fell on the road against Sporting Lisbon and were mathematically eliminated from both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League knockout stages. On the other hand, AEK can book their ticket to the UEFA Europa League knockout stages with a draw away to Austria Wien on the final matchday.
Austria pulled further ahead of Greece in the rankings with Red Bull Salzburg's win over Guimaraes while the Dutch clubs continue to struggle as only Vitesse picked up a draw away to Lazio (Feyenoord lost to Manchester City). Austria will be the clear favorites to grabbed 11th spot as in-form Red Bull Salzberg will continue in the knockout stages while Holland will be left without a representative after the new year.
The Czech Republic recorded two wins with Viktoria Plzen and Slavia Prague, who will both likely continue in the Europa League knockout stages.
Switzerland pulled within 0.400 points of Greece after Basel's shock win over Manchester United and Lugano's win over Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Lugano and Young Boys have been eliminated from the Europa League knockout stages, however Basel are the favorites to advance to the UEFA Champions League which will give Switzerland a 1.000 bonus, putting them ahead of Greece for 14th place.
If Greece dropped to 15th place, the 2019 SuperLeague champion will need to go through THREE qualifying rounds (like the runn-erup) to reach the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League group stage. Greece's fight for 12th now seems miles away and will need to hope on a very good AEK run in the Europa League knockout stages.
For the Full Coefficient rankings and breakdown, visit here.
Greece’ goal for the 2017/18 UEFA Association’s Ranking
A reminder, Greece’s goal is to finish 12th in the UEFA Association's rankings by the end of the season. This translates into five European representatives for the 2019/20 UEFA season and at least two automatic berths in the 2019/20 Europa League group stages. Greece will fight with the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland for 12th place.
If Greece finish 12th, the 2018/19 Superleague champion will begin in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League playoff qualifying round (secures at minimum Europa League group stage place), while the 2019 Cup champion will be granted an automatic place in the Europa League group stages, avoiding qualifying all together. The Superleague runner up will begin in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round while the Superleague's 3rd placed and 4th placed teams will begin in the UEFA Europa League 3rd qualifying round and 2nd qualifying rounds, respectively.
Greece could also finish in 11th place which could see the 2018/19 Superleague champion gain an automatic birth to the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League group stages IF the 2019 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League champions have both already secured a place in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League group stages via their domestic league finish. The remaining places of the Superleague's runner-up, 3rd placed team, 4th placed team, and Greek Cup champion will be the same as above.
If Greece finish 13th-14th, the 2019 Superleague champion will begin in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round while the 2019 Cup champion will begin in the Europa League third qualifying round. Thus, this scenario does not yield an automatic group stage birth in the 2019/20 Europa League. The Superleague runner up will begin in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round while the Superleague's 3rd placed and 4th placed teams will begin in the UEFA Europa League 2nd qualifying rounds.
The full breakdown of Greece’s goal finish in this year’s UEFA Associations’ rankings is explained in depth here.
Summary of Results for Those Fighting for 11th & 12th
11. Austria: 29.350
- Red Bull Salzburg defeated Guimares 3:0; Austria Wien lost to AC MIlan 5:1
- Austria received 0.500 points this week
- Austria gained 0.300 points on Greece
12. Netherlands: 28.949
- Feyenoord lost to Manchester City 1:0; Vitesse drew Lazio 1:1
- The Netherlands received 0.200 points this week
- Greece and Netherlands gained the same points this week
13. Czech Republic: 28.775
- Viktoria Plzen defeated Steaua Bucuresti 2:0; Slavia Prague defeated Maccabi Tel-Aviv 0:2: Zlin lost to Sherrid Tiraspol 1:0
- Czech Republic received 0.800 points this week
- Czech Republic gained 0.600 points on Greece
14. Greece: 28.000
- Olympiacos lost to Sporting Lisbon 3:1; AEK drew Rijeka 2:2
- Greece gained a total of 0.200 points this week
15. Switzerland: 27.600
- Basel defeated Manchester United 1:0; Young Boys lost to Partizan 2:1; Lugano defeated Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1:0
- Switzerland received 0.800 points this week
- Greece gained .6000 points on Switzerland