Greece finish 14th in UEFA Country Coefficient rankings for 2018/19 season
Greece officially claimed 14th place in the UEFA Country Coefficient rankings for the 2018/19 season after Dinamo Zagreb were eliminated in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday.
Heading into the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League, Greece held onto 14th place in the UEFA Country Coefficients rankings but remained with no representatives after Olympiacos were eliminated by Dynamo Kyiv in the round of 32. Croatia, who occupied 17th place and maintained one representative in Europe, Dinamo Zagreb, was the only remaining country that threatened Greece for 14th place. Dinamo Zagreb were paired with Portuguese giants, Benfica, in the last 16 of the competition and needed one win and one draw to push Croatia ahead of Greece in the rankings.
After a 1:0 first leg decision in favor of Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian capital, things looked bleak for Greece heading into Thursday’s second leg in Lisbon (the result moved Croatia into 15th place). Fortunately for Greece, the Eagles were able to defeat Dinamo Zagreb 1:0 in regulation and add two goals in extra time to win the series 3:1 on aggregate, eliminating Croatia’s final club in Europe. As a reminder, Benfica were a burden to Greek clubs this season as they eliminated both PAOK (qualifying rounds) and AEK (group stages) in this year’s Champions League competition.
The result leaves 15th placed Croatia with no representatives and a coefficient tally of 27.375, keeping Greece officially in 14th place with 27.600 coefficients points for the 2018/19 season. The 14th place finish means Greece will have five representatives in Europe for the 2020/21 season, with two clubs in the UEFA Champions League (2020 Super League champion and 2020 Super League runner-up) and three clubs in the UEFA Europa League (2020 Cup Winner, 2020 Super League third place, 2020 Super League fourth place). Greece finished 15th in last year’s ranking, improving one better this season.
Below is the breakdown of where Greece’s clubs will begin in Europe for the 2020/21 UEFA season:
2020 Super League champion: Champions League 3rd qualifying round (Champions Route)
2020 Super League runner-up: Champions League 2nd qualifying round (League Route)
2020 Cup champion**: Europa League 3rd qualifying round
2020 Super League third place: Europa League 2nd qualifying round
2020 Super League fourth place: Europa League 2nd qualifying round
** If the Cup champion has already secured a place in Europe via their finish in the Super League, the Super League’s fifth placed team will take the Cup champion’s place and be granted a place in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round. As a result, the Super League’s third placed team will begin in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.