UEFA Rankings: Greece slump to 14th and hoping to hold on
Olympiacos were eliminated in the Last 32 of the UEFA Europa League and Greece dropped to 14th in the UEFA Association Club Coefficient Rankings.
Olympiacos, Greece’s final representative in Europe, bowed out of the UEFA Europa League last week after falling 3:2 on aggregate (2:2, 1:0) to Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv. In the round of 32, Olympiacos added just 0.200 points to Greece’s tally in the UEFA rankings after picking up one draw and one loss in the round of 32.
Olympiacos’ first leg draw was not enough to keep Greece in 13th as the Czech Republic jumped ahead of Greece in the rankings. The Czech’s representatives recorded two wins and one draw in the first knockout round. Viktoria Plzen defeated Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg but fell in the second leg and were eliminated from the competition, while Slavia Prague progressed ahead of Genk after one win and one draw. The now 13th placed Czechs remain with one team in Europe, Slavia Prague, and will finish ahead of Greece in this 2019 rankings.
Croatia, ranked 17th, is the only country that threatens Greece for 14th place as Dinamo Zagreb have progressed to the UEFA Europa League round of 16 where they will match up with Portugal’s Benfica. Croatia sit with 26.875 points, 0.725 points behind Greece, and will need Dinamo Zagreb to advance past Benfica to surpass Greece in the rankings. Zagreb, the outsiders in the tie, will need to record one win (0.500 points to Croatia) and one draw (0.250 points to Croatia), equating to 0.750 points, to claim 14th place and drop Greece down to 15th.
Fifteenth placed Denmark and 16th placed Switzerland do not have active representatives in Europe and thus, cannot surpass Greece in the rankings this year.
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Difference between 14th and 15th place in UEFA Rankings
If Greece claim 14th place, the 2020 Super League champion will begin in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round while the 2020 Cup champion will begin in the Europa League third qualifying round. Thus, this scenario does not yield an automatic group stage birth in the 2020/21 Champions or Europa League. The Super League runner up will begin in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round while the Super League's third placed and fourth placed teams will begin in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying rounds.
If Greece finish 15th, then all of the above mentioned for 13th-14th place applies, however the Greek Super League champion will begin in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round rather than the third qualifying round.
Thankfully, Greece will not fall below 15th place which would result in one less Greek team in Europe. In this scenario, only one team would play in the UEFA Champions League and three in the UEFA Europa League. Although this threat was avoided this season, next season will see Greece begin in 16th place and the country will have an uphill battle to finish in 15th, at the very least, and hopefully in a higher position with some good results in Europe.