The Netherlands is approaching number eight Belgium on the coefficient list...

The Netherlands is approaching number eight Belgium on the coefficient list...
The Netherlands is approaching number eight Belgium on the coefficient list...

The Netherlands has again done good business this European week with a view to the UEFA coefficient list. Due to the results of Ajax, PSV and AZ, the backlog of the current number nine to number eight Belgium has become a lot smaller.

Ajax played a draw at Atalanta on Tuesday evening in the Champions League (2-2) and thus earned 0.2 points for the coefficient list. A victory in Europe is worth two points and a draw one point, but that still has to be divided by the number of clubs with which the Netherlands started the European season (five).

In the Europa League, Feyenoord lost to the Austrian Wolfsberger AC (1-4) on Thursday, but PSV and AZ did good business. The Eindhoven team won at Omonia Nicosia (1-2) and the Alkmaarders defeated Rijeka (4-1). With the result of Ajax added to this, the Netherlands earned one point for the coefficient list.

The gap with Belgium last week consisted of 0.9 points and is now only 0.5 points. The Belgians saw Antwerp beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Thursday in the Europa League, but KAA Gent and Standard Liège suffered a defeat. Club Brugge drew 1-1 against Lazio in the Champions League.

Not only did the gap with Belgium narrow; the lead of the Netherlands on number ten Austria has increased. The closest attacker took important points through Wolfsberger’s victory over Feyenoord and LASK’s victory over Ludogorets (4-3), but Rapid Wien and Red Bull Salzburg (Champions League) lost.

Top ten coefficient rankings

  • 1. Spain – 83.997 points (7 of 7 clubs left)
  • 2. England – 82.712 (7/7)
  • 3. Italy – 64.724 (7/7)
  • 4. Germany – 63.427 (6/7)
  • 5. France – 51,915 (5/6)
  • 6. Portugal – 42,949 (3/5)
  • 7. Russia – 37.215 (4/6)
  • 8. Belgium – 34,300 (4/5)
  • 9. Netherlands – 33,800 (4/5)
  • 10. Austria – 32,625 (4/5)

The Netherlands must perform well this season

UEFA uses the coefficient ranking to distribute the European tickets for the following season. The total number of points achieved in the current and in the four previous seasons is always considered.

It is important that the Netherlands performs well in Europe this season, because after this season the points from the 2016/2017 season will be lost. Ajax was especially important for the Netherlands at the time by reaching the final of the Europa League. Incidentally, Belgium will soon lose even more points than the Netherlands (12.5 to 9.1).

The Netherlands finished in eleventh place on the coefficient ranking list last season. That position entitles the holder to a direct Champions League ticket, provided that the winner of the million ball qualifies for the Champions League through the competition that season. Otherwise, that ticket will go to the winner of the ‘cup with the big ears’.

The numbers one to ten on the coefficient ranking are guaranteed to receive one or more Champions League tickets. The Netherlands will only be entitled to two direct tickets if it is in the top six of the rankings and the gap with number six Portugal cannot be bridged for the time being.

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