For a long time I had wanted to know, which club team could really be called European Champion. You say that`s why we have the Champions League? I lok upon the Champions league as a an analogue to the national Cup competitions, like the FA Cup. It is ripe with upsets and surprises, however heartwarming they are, noone would argue that FC Liverpool really is the best team in Europe. They are the fifth-best in England. That was found out after a series of 38 matches, where good fortune tend to even out and the team in first place can confidenztly called the season`s champion. Okay then we do not have a true European league and will we ever have? I want to introduce a virtual European League. It is based on the results of the various domestic leagues. The task was now to compare these leagues with each other. I compiled data from the last five years of Champions League, UEFA Cup and UI Cup play countrywise. Don`t despair, here`s an example: French clubs played 33 matches against German clubs during this 5-year period. The French clubs got 43 points (3 points per victory, 1 point per draw, extra time and penalty shoot out was ignored), German clubs got 46 points. That seams to mean that the German league is a tad stronger than the French league. But one has to make one important adjustment and that is for the strength of the clubs that played these 33 matches. The French team had an average of 1.55 points per game in their domestic league, while the German teams had an average of 1.74 points per game. Applying this adjustment leads us to see that in effect that a French league point is 6% more worth than a German one. It`s all somewhat more complicated than that, because the strengths of all leagues had to be combined and averaged. I will not get into the mathematical details behind this here, I`ll save that for a later post or a website that plan to set up. I just want you to understand the basic method that I use. And now the results: 1st Spain, and by a huge margin 2nd England, comfortable ahead of 3rd France, a surprise to me, just very, very slightly ahead of 4th Italy, again a wide margin to 5th Germany, clings on to a small lead over 6th Portugal, and 7th Scotland, 8th Netherlands 9th Switzerland, that`s a real surprise, so much that I checked the calculation three times for an error 10th Turkey That`s the top ten. The only thing that needs to be done now is to multiply each club`s point total with its country modifier. This modifier ranges from 1 for Spain to 0.579 for Turkey and just of the interest of it to Finland with 0.123. So here is the European League Top 25 table after the completion of the 2004/05 season: FC Barcelona 2.21 points Real Madrid 2.11 Chelsea London 2.08 Arsenal London 1.82 FC Villareal 1.72 Juventus Turin Manchester United Betis Sevilla Espanyol Barcelona Celtic Glsagow FC Sevilla Olympique Lyon AC Milan Glasgow Rangers PSV Eindhoven FC Valencia Bayern München Inter Milan Ajax Amsterdam Fenerbace Istanbul Deportivo La Coruna FC Malaga Atletico Bilbao FC Evereton OSC Lille I listed the point value for the top five clubs only. I plan to make regualr updates of this list once the season starts. I`,m looking forward to your comments and suggestions, but won`t be able to answer them for three weeks because I`m on vacation.