World Football: Ranking Europe's Major Football Leagues

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World Football: Ranking Europe's Major Football Leagues
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A statistician will tell you that statistics can not only be grossly misunderstood, but it can very well be manipulated to any degree to suit your purpose.

This holds true also in the world of football. Let me rephrase that—especially in the world of football. While all football fans can agree that Europe has four giant leagues—Serie A, the Bundesliga, La Liga and the English Premier League, consensus is not easily achieved when you attempt to rank these leagues.

Ranking is subjective and depends upon one’s individual preference. Some prefer defensive football, while others enjoy an attacking blend of football. And there are some who prefer Eva Carneiro.

If you go by UEFA, they have a neat system designed called the UEFA co-efficient rankings, which determines a number designated as “coefficient” by the results of the clubs in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League games.

This is done for five seasons, and this coefficient determines the number of participants in the Champions League and Europa league for the respective domestic league. Currently, the top four leagues are those of England, Spain, Germany and Italy with 85.410, 84.186, 75.186 and 59.981 points respectively. 

However, in my opinion, a league should be evaluated not merely by their presence in European competitions but also on a variety of issues. These issues can range anywhere from a solid youth academy to financial solvency.

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