Euro 2012 - England 'worse than Shakhtar Donetsk'

Wed, 23 May 12:27:00 2012

Football statisticians Infostrada have ranked England as the 18th-best team in Europe after comparing national teams with club sides.

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After Bayern Munich beat the Netherlands in a friendly match on Wednesday, the football boffins decided to analyse the 16 countries that will compete at Euro 2012 and judge them against their '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 one from three years ago.

England came in behind Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk and just in front of Spanish side Valencia.

Interestingly, world champions Spain are only fourth on the list behind Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United, but just ahead of Manchester City who have quickly closed the gap on rivals United due to their title-winning run this season.

Find a table of the top 25 teams below, plus information on how the other Euro 2012 teams fare.

Football statisticians Infostrada have ranked England as the 18th-best team in Europe after comparing national teams with club sides. - 2

Infostrada Sports / Eurosport

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