May 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
Last we checked, Spain looked on course to over take England as Europe’s top ranked league. Then Chelsea happened, moving the points Barcelona were expected to get into England’s column. That, along with Real Madrid’s stumble in Champions League’s other semifinal, will keep England on top of the UEFA coefficient charts, if only for one year.
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Click the first link, above, for more on how these numbers come about.
It looks like it’s going to be a long time before we see the same find of shakeup were saw last summer, when Germany usurped Italy as one of the 3+1 leagues. Now, there’s a large gap between third and fourth, though disappointing to Bundesliga fans with aspirations of catching the big two, there’s also a daunting gap between Spain and Germany.
The only change to the top six since last year? Portugal (predictably) passed France, though come the summer of 2013, both leagues may be above Italy. Looking at the numbers being accumulated toward that year’s rating (when the 2007-08 results come off the books), Italy’s advantage is just over two points.
In that same ranking, Spain already has a four point lead on England.
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