Ligue 1 - Euro Club Index: French clubs on the rise

Tue, 06 Dec 11:34:00 2011

The latest rankings in the Euro Club Index see Ligue 1 champions Lille and Marseille both shift up the top 20.

Ligue 1 2011/2012 Marseille Lille Diarra Pedretti - 0

HOW IT WORKS

This season we will use the Hypercube Infostrada Euro Club Index, which scientifically analyses hundreds of thousands of matches from the top divisions in all European nations as well as Europa League and Champions League games.

The Index takes into account all matches played over an eight-year period but with recent results carrying more weight than older ones. The most recent result has 20 times more impact than a result of three years ago.

The performance of a league's teams in the Champions League and Europa League reflects the rise or fall of the sporting level in that league. So, for example, if English teams perform well in Europe, all Premier League teams receive a small bonus in their ECI score. The ranking and its predictive power are thus made even more accurate.

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Manchester City have moved above Chelsea in our European club form guide again of the pair's crunch Champions League group games this week.

City have yo-yoed in the top 10 in recent weeks, going above Bayern Munich and into fourth a fortnight ago before slipping back down beneath the German giants, who they must beat at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday to have any chance of progressing, last week. However, their 5-1 win over Norwich in the Premier League at the weekend sees them move back up to sixth, bumping Chelsea down one place.

Benfica and Milan both move up one place, meaning Tottenham Hotspur shunt down from 10th to 12th despite extending their unbeaten domestic run to 11 games at the weekend because of their Europa League defear to PAOK last week.

Lille's 3-2 win at Ajaccio sees them switch places with Borussia Dortmund. The French champions move up to 15th after their German counterparts were held to a 1-1 draw at Bundesliga title rivals Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Bayer Leverkusen replace PSV Eindhoven in the top 20 after they beat Hoffenheim 2-0 last Friday, while the Dutch club lost at Feyenoord by the same scoreline.

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Top 20

1 (1) Barcelona - 4267 points

2 (2) Real Madrid - 4186

3 (3) Manchester United - 3873

4 (4) Bayern Munich - 3463

5 (5) Porto - 3457

6 (7) Manchester City - 3435

7 (6) Chelsea - 3409

8 (8) Arsenal - 3354

9 (9) Valencia - 3329

10 (11) Benfica - 3237

11 (12) AC Milan - 3217

12 (10) Tottenham Hotspur - 3202

13 (13) Liverpool - 3172

14 (14) Internazionale - 3111

15 (16) Lille - 3102

16 (15) Borussia Dortmund - 3088

17 (17) Zenit St Petersburg - 3072

18 (19) Marseille - 3041

19 (21) Bayer Leverkusen - 3031

20 (20) Shakhtar Donetsk - 3030

Other French clubs in top 100

22 (22) Lyon - 3022

47 (43) Paris St Germain - 2716

57 (55) Rennes - 2601

62 (63) Bordeaux - 2569

69 (70) Montpellier - 2538

85 (79) Auxerre - 2432

87 (80) Lorient - 2428

89 (84) Toulouse - 2408

92 (91) Saint-Etienne - 2377

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