Third in the ranking of the UEFA coefficients for the current financial year, France is having a very good European season. She could even beat her record set in 2009-2010.
The Mongasques will play the round of 16 of the C3
Often singled out for their European performances, the French clubs have a good campaign overall in this 2021-2022 season. After five days in the group stage, four teams have already qualified for the next round in their respective competitions.
PSG, Lyon, Monaco and Rennes qualify
In the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain got their ticket to the knockout stages despite their defeat against Manchester City (1-2). Thanks to the victory of RB Leipzig against Bruges (5-0), the Parisians are sure to finish 2nd place in their group, whatever happens on the final day. Thanks to its victory against RB Salzburg (1-0), Lille is at the top of its group and will have its destiny in hand to qualify against Wolfsburg in two weeks.
In the Europa League, Lyon and Monaco are qualified and guaranteed to finish first in their group. The Lyonnais and the Mongasques won respectively against Brndby (3-1) and Real Sociedad (2-1). On the other hand, Marseille is eliminated from C3 after its defeat against Galatasaray (2-4). Third, OM are still hoping to be defeated in the Europa League Conference, where Rennes validated their qualification for the next round after their draw against Vitesse Arnhem (3-3).
France is already doing better than in 9 of the 10 previous seasons
With three wins, one draw and two losses, the week’s record is not perfect, but it is generally positive. These results allow France to remain third in the UEFA coefficient rankings for the current season behind England (13.571 points) and the Netherlands (12.600 points). Better, with 11.916 points, France has already collected more points than in nine of the last ten seasons!
Over this period, the formations of France have only done better during the 2016-2017 financial year (14.416 points), thanks in particular to the beautiful courses of Monaco and Lyon, respectively semi-finalists of the Champions League and the League Europa. At this rate, can France beat its record, which stands at 15 points, established during the 2009-2010 season? There is still a long way to go, but the possibility of seeing six teams still in the running in the next round makes it possible to believe in it.
A 5th place keep
One thing is certain, this exercise allows France to consolidate its 5th place in the ranking of UEFA coefficients over the period 2017-2022, the reference period for the allocation of European places. It remains in a favorable position with 5,199 points ahead of Portugal and 10,881 over the Netherlands, which will erase a deficit of 8,600 points (2017-2018) at the start of next season. As a reminder, if France remains 5th in the ranking by 2023, it will obtain four tickets (3 + 1), against three currently (2 + 1), for the new formula of the Champions League from the 2024 edition – 2025.
The TOP 15 UEFA coefficients for the 2017-2022 period (as of 26/11/2021)
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