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Top 100 Football Leagues In The World according to their ranking

 

Football leagues in the world: The question as to which are the top football leagues in the world could easily be answered by first laying a background study, to enable the reader understand properly what a football league is and which of the football leagues are among the top football leagues in the world.

In this article titled ”Top 100 Football Leagues In the world” we shall be giving a background study on the meaning and origin of football leagues, the formation of football leagues and the list of the Top 100 football leagues in the world

There has been plethora of arguments about which of the Football  leagues ranks above the other in the world football leagues and which is appealing to watch or that have good players or which of the leagues is regarded in high esteem.

Moreover, in considering which of the football  leagues is the most adored by fans is quite relative, in the sense that that it is based on individual’ choice or what such individual chooses.

Though in recent times, there have been myriads of empirical study to decipher which of the football leagues is the most preferred by fans and these empirical study has proven to be correct or right.

The best of the football leagues from empirical research is the English Premier League.  The English Premier League has over one billion dollars in its scoffer and which made it the most profitable of the  football leagues worldwide.

The distinctive characteristics of the English Premier League, is that it has value system barrier to South America and South America is known worldwide to have the world finest footballers. However, the English Premier League have taken over from the South Americans as regards to having the finest footballers, though in previous times, Spanish clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona do stash up their teams with South American players

However, as plausible as English Premier League may seem the issue of debts that do affect some English Premier football Leagues like Liverpool and Manchester United do affect the league.

Nevertheless, so far the English Premier League put measures into place to settle most of their debts, they will keep being the bestof the  football leagues in the world. On the other polarity, if not careful the English Premier League may crash like Spain or Greece.

The second ranked of the world  football leagues is La Liga (Spain), it has been stated that recently that most investors are heading to Spain in order to resolve the debts of the country and equally save one of the leading football leagues in the whole world which is La Liga.

However, as awesome La Liga may be, it is being rocked by issues of debts. One of such debts, is that stated by Sid Low, where he averred that Levante was not able to pay €3,000on the analysis done by ProZone.

A very large chunk of clubs in La Liga are in much debt and the only exception is Málaga. It has been deciphered that despite how extravagant Real Madrid and Barcelona maybe in their spending, banks usually come to their aid to save them from financial crisis.

Furthermore, Málaga that is much talked about that have not been in debt, is sponsored by Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani and they comprise of team that can qualify of the UEFA Champions league.  It is imperative to also mention that Sheikh Abdullah that is the Sponsor of the aforementioned club do pomp in money immediately the clubs qualify for the premier league, in order to get large chunk of football genius.

There are some Spanish players that are top-notch players such as 22-year old Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martine, that is so adept with football.

The third ranked of the football leagues is Bundesliga, which is a German League. Bundesliga has put in extreme measures to ensure that its league is put in ample measures to return the past glories of the league.

Some have argued that Bundesliga is one of the most thrilling leagues in the world and considering happiness on the pitch, the display of player, attractive and ambience of the  stadium and the awesome weather condition, none of the leagues beats Bundesliga.

However, it is worthy of mention, that since 2011, none of the Bundeliga clubs have been in a champion in the UEFA Champions league.

In Bundesliga league, there are some players that are worthy of watching and which one of the players is 22- year old Broussia Dortmund German centre back known as Mats Hummels. It has been averred that Bayern Munich did a very big mistake by selling out Hummel

Empirically, the fourth ranked football league is Italian Ligue 1 Serie A. The Italian Serie A discrepancy between the larger clubs and the smaller ones is rated at 8.0.

There are quite apt distinctive features of such as summer transfer that is made in a very high rate, the involvement of both the second tier and the elite in the league and myriads of ancient clubs, that their names creates a sort of awareness or consciousness in the league.

The Italian Serie A has kept and maintained a high standard in the Italian football leagues and even in the unproductive times for clubs in Europe.

Also on club ranking, the fifth ranked of the football leagues is the French Ligue 1. From empirical evaluation, French league takes the lead with a rated point of 6.8, which is not amply different from the rating the Dutch league. At a critical analysis of the performance of French League 1, it regularly had higher than average numbers over most of the leagues in the world. French League 1 is reputed large numbers of large clubs contesting against the other, creating a forum for talented and vibrant youths to shoe their talents and most importantly throughout the duration of the game, the attendance of the youths is quite encouraging.

It is germane to state that in the French Ligue , there is an ample need for improvement to bring it at par with other world preferred leagues.

Still analysing empirically some of the leagues ratings or ranking, it is apposite to state that the sixth ranked league is Dutch Eredivisie. It has been argued that besides the above mentioned highly ranked leagues, Dutch Eredivisie has been constantly viewed by unusual onlookers in a dispassionate form and this dispassionate means of viewing Dutch Eredivisie is quite coherent when their larger teams are in enmeshed in the league and their opponents are quite coherent.

In rating Dutch Eredivisie, a 6.1 score was used to rate Dutch Eredivisie and this rating is quite visible when juxtaposed with other Leagues in Europe. The rating of the aforementioned league is premised primarily on the aspects of soaring euphoria that arises from Dutch Eredivisie and which can be attributed to goals per game and the performance of young talented and vibrant youths.

It is apposite to mention, that certain factors have certainly militated against the progress and high rating of Dutch Eredivisie and which may be premised on quite a minute number of prominent stars and also the Dutch Eredivisie, is not among the leagues that interest the global media.

The seventh ranked league from empirical evaluation of leagues in the world is the Chinese Super League. The Chinese super league is classified to be among the 10 top leagues in the world.

On the rating of the Chinese leagues, it is rated at 5.5 when juxtaposed with other big clubs, but there are however, some factors that militate against the Chinese League is that there is no reasonable mechanism put in place for the development of the talented youths, there no world known big club in the league, their signing of players is quite expensive and it has been argued that the league is not newsworthy.

It is noteworthy to equally state that one of the score cards of the Chinese leagues is its high attendance and when juxtaposed other bigger leagues.

The eight ranked club from empirical research is American Major League Soccer. The Major League Soccer as the name implies is the major league in the United States and with the abroad Interest and the leagues’ growth has been phenomenal in recent times.

The rating of Major League Soccer of the United States is at 5.3 and which is primarily anchored on the constant improvement of the league and enlargement of the League, which has made the league to gain some level of approval and acceptance.

Also on the attendance of the Major League Soccer of the United States, their level of attendance is apt than the likes of Dutch, French, Portuguese and Japanese leagues.

The ninth ranked club is the Portuguese Primeira Liga. The Portugal’s Primeira Liga is rated 5.1 and the Portuguese Primeira Liga, is among the top ranked 5 leagues in Europe.

On the rating of the Portuguese Primeira Liga, which is 5.1, it is premised on the performance of youths and basically on the reputation of the players. The militating factor against the league is on goals per game, which is considered weak.

Progressively, still on the empirical ranking, the tenth is the Brazilian Brasiliero Serie A. The rating of Brazilian Brasiliero Serie A is 4.8 and which is primarily premised on the high level of strength of Brazilian Brasiliero Serie A.  The aforementioned strength is pertinent in order to aid in gathering large number of talented and skilful players and myriads of these talented and skilful players are sold out to big clubs and which such money gotten from these talents are ploughed back to the league to train more talented and skilful players.

The militating factor about the league is that the Brazilian Brasiliero Serie A attendance is quite low and also the goal per game are extremely low.

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The eleventh ranking in the empirical study is Mexica liga MX. Mexican Liga Mx is rated 4.6 among the world clubs. Mexixan Liga Mx in it season 2018/209, is the 72nd professional football season in the entire Mexico. The Mexixan Liga Mx is divided into two tournaments and which are Torneo Clausura and Torneo Apertura.  Each of the aforementioned are of the same form and the tournaments are also among the eighteen teams.

The twelfth  in the top 100 football leagues  in our empirical ranking is Belgian Jupila Pro. The rating of Belgian Jupila Pro is at 4.3 when compared with other world leagues. The Belgian Jupila Pro is also known as Belgian First Division A is the popular league for football clubs in Belgium.

It is pertinent to state that in it was in the 2015/2016 competition of the league that the name was changed from Belgian First Division A to Belgian Jupila Pro. The Belgian Jupila Pro is a competition that is made of sixteen (16) clubs. The league operates on an arrangement in which best performing leagues are promoted while non-performing clubs are demoted to the Belgian First Division B.

Also, the Belgian Jupila Pro season spans from the early May to late July and with clubs in the league, competing in thirty (30) matches.

The thirteenth ranked in the list of the top 100 football Leagues in our empirical research is Swiss Super League. The rating of Swiss Super League is at 4.1 in our empirical study.

Notably, for the basis of sponsoring the Swiss super league is referred to as Raiffeisen Super League.

The 2013/2014 season of the Swiss Super League marked the 117th season of the league, which is taken as the most popular league in Switzerland.  The 2013/2014 League kicked started on 13th July 2013 and it was rounded off by 18th May 2014 and in that tournament, Basel a club in the team that won the championship of the league for the fifth time. The league was contested by an aggregate of 10 clubs and of which comprised of nine most successful clubs in the 2012/2013 season and the Swiss Challenge League in the 2012/2013 winners.

It is apposite to mention that 2019/2020 Swiss Super League is the 123rd  of the most popular league of the Swiss and the seventeenth (17th) under the  recent name, which is basically for sponsoring, known as Raiffeisen   Super League.

The fourteenth ranked league in our empirical research in the top 100 football leagues in the world  is Russian Premier League and which is rated 3.9 when juxtaposed with other world top leagues.

Recently, the 28th tournament of the Russia Premier League was in 2019/2020. The aforementioned tournament counted from the time the Soviet Union was dissolved.

Also it is apposite to mention, that the recent name of the Russian league is known as Russian Premier League and which the 2019/2020 season was the sixteenth anniversary of the league under the recent name. It is also important to mention that the club that won the 2019/2020 season is Zenith Saint Petersburg.

Furthermore, on Russia Premier League, a team of sixteen played in the 2019/2020 tournament. It is important to add that in 2018/2019 tournament the clubs that were demoted to the Russian National Football League were Anzhi Makhachkala and FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. The teams that were promoted to Russia Premier league in the same year, were FC Tambov and PFC Sochi and the aforementioned teams were the both the champions and the club that took the second place in the 2018/2019 Russian National Football League. Also it is germane to also add that the aforementioned team will make their first appearance in the Premier League.

The fifteenth ranking in the list of top 100 football leagues is Ukrainian Premier League. The Ukrainian Premier League is rated 3.8 when juxtaposed with other top leagues in the world.

Ukrainian Premier League is the most popular league in the yearly Ukrainian football Tournament. Historically, the Ukrainian Premier League kicked started for the first time in 1991 after the termination of the of the Soviet Football Championship in 1991 and the Ukraine clubs that contested in the former Soviet top three tiers of the league and which hosted six previous Top League Soviet clubs and which are: Metalurh, Dynbamo, Shakhtar, Chornomorets, Dnipro, Metalist and in addition of other four other teams that also contested in the league.

The sixteenth ranking club in the league is the Turkish Super Lig. The Turkish Super Lig, when juxtaposed with other leagues in the world is rated 3.6.

The Turkish Super Lig is a top Turkish professional league for football club’s associations in Turkey. In the Turkish League, a total of eighteen (18) clubs contest yearly in the tournament and a winner emerges. It is important to mention that out of eighteen clubs three(3) are promoted and demoted to Lig. The tournament kicks off in from August to May and with every of the club involved in the league playing an aggregate of thirty (34) matches. Also the league is played from Monday to Friday.

It is apropos to mention that the Turkish Super League was created as Milli Lig  or which may also be referred as National League as far back as 1959.

Importantly, the Turkish Super Lig is recently the 11th in the coefficient of the UEFA rating of leagues and this is primarily premised on the achievement s of the clubs in the tournaments organized by the Europeans in the past five years. Also an aggregate of sixty-eight clubs have contested in the league and  only a minute five have become the champions and these five are:   Galatasaray which is 22 times, Fenerbahçe 19 times, Beşiktaş 15 times , Trabzonspor 6 times and Bursaspor just once

However, it is important to mention that all the above mentioned leagues do contest to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. It is important to adumbrate on the two leagues for clarity.

As regards to the UEFA Champions League, The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Champions league and also known by some people as European Cup, is a yearly football competition, which most top-ranking clubs in Europe compete with one another and of which the winner will be decided.

Champions league is the most popular and esteemed football competition, in the entire Europe, and is mostly a tournament among the European National league winners of their national associations.

However, the UEFA Champions league, which has played yearly, since 1955-1956 season, was at its incipient stage, in a direct knockout competition, open only to the winners of each of the national championship. The tournament clasped its recent name in 1992, joining a round-robin group stage and allowing myriads of contestants from specific countries. The UEFA Champions league has since its inception, widened and some of the Europe’s leagues can still enter the champions, the powerful leagues do provide four teams and several clubs that take the second place in their national league and being unable to qualify for the UEFA champions league, are qualified for the second-tier Europa League competition of the UEFA. Also as at 2021, the various teams that are not qualified for the UEFA Europa league, will be adjudged qualified to join a third- tier of the tournament, known as the Europa Conference League.

Historically, it is germane to state that the launching was UEFA Champions league, was done with only 16 teams that were contesting for four knock outs rounds. Real Madrid was the first club to defeat Reims, in a 4-3 win the championship. Notably, in 1960, the Champions league was extended from 16 teams to 32 teams, which means that an additional round of the tournament was added, while the form of the league wasn’t changed. Additionally, as at 1992, the Union of European Football Association nomenclature was altered and of which UEFA champions league was put in lieu of the former.

It is germane to evaluate the feasibility of the UEFA Champions league:  that the thirty-two (32) teams, which were divided into eight groups of four and with each of team, contesting with other three teams in the group stage of the round-robin format. The champion at the group stage, with clubs came second place in the group stage, will proceed to the round 16 and wherein the parties will advance to knock-out stage, the aforementioned can be summarized as round 16, quarter finals, semi-finals and finals.

In recent times, the UEFA Champions league do start by late June with a prelude, which entails a round, three qualifying rounds and a play-off round, all done over two legs. The eligible six teams, after the aforementioned preliminaries, will go into the group stage and thereby adding to the 26 eligible teams in advance.

Furthermore. the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions league, is a football competition comprises of majorly thirty-two (32) teams, that contest in five rounds (5), for the position of the leading club in the European football.

In apprising how the teams are selected in UEFA Champions league, it has been argued that it is basically on the UEFA coefficients of the association that are members of the UEFA. In choosing the teams, the scores which are the basis of selection, is premised on the outcome of the clubs that are the different representatives of association, in the past five Europa League sessions and UEFA champions league. Basically, as the coefficients of any of the member associations are high, the higher the teams represent any of associations in the champions league, then the qualification rounds of the association’s team will be min

It is apposite to mention, that from 2009-2010, the UEFA Champions league has magnanimously advanced to eligible ‘streams’ for club that weren’t opportune to access direct entry into the competition.

Also, the two streams consist of clubs that are eligible based on domestic league champion and the clubs that are eligible on the premise of them being second via fourth in their domestic league. Additionally, five teams from each qualifying clubs becomes eligible.

Fundamentally, twenty-two (22) clubs have won the UEFA Champions league and twelve of the aforementioned clubs have won the tournament more than once. It is apropos to state  that among the clubs in the UEFA champions league, the most victorious club  is Real Madrid.

Real Madrid is the most acknowledged and pronounced club that has won the UEFA Championship for a period of 13 times and which also entails the first five seasons. The extant champion is Liverpool, that won Tottenham  Hostpur in the 2019 finals to a 2-0 during the  2019 final.

The Spanish clubs in the UEFA Championship, have achieved the highest rate of successes in the tournament, which includes a total number 18 wins thus far. After counting the Spanish club’s successes in the UEFA Champions league, another country clubs that have made awesome victories in the competition, is the England clubs, with a total of 13 wins and the third are Italian clubs that have had a total of 12 wins. It important to state that England has the highest number of winning teams, with five clubs that have won the tournament.

As regards to the thirty-two teams that make up the UEFA Champions League, it is apposite to state that when the teams qualify, they are split into four diverse ‘pots’ with the limitation that teams from the same association, cannot compete with each other.  However, for the competition, the 32 teams that are involved are divided into four based on the following basis:

 

  1. The UEFA champions league champions are contained in pot 1. Also contained in pot 1 are the champions of the top six associations and Europa league champions and all the aforementioned are based on UEFA coefficients. It is germane to add that if any of Europa League champions or Champions league were to be one of the titleholders of the six top associations, the titleholders of the association that is designated the seventh and likely the eight are also taken top pot 1.
  2. The remaining Pots such as 2,3 and 4 entails the other teams taken based on their UEFA coefficients.

Progressively, it is important to reiterate that the group stage of UEFA Champions league entails 32 teams that contest in a double round-robin format. The champions in the group and those that took the second place proceed to the second round of the game known as round 16.

A clear analysis of the above mentioned round 16, is known as a knock out stage and the teams are rated by relevant points.

In the entire appraisal of the UEFA Champions league, one point is given for a draw, zero points are given for a loss, while complete three points are allotted for a win by any of the teams.

The position of the UEFA champions league on a match draw, is that the following standards are applied:

 

  1. The number of points gotten by the particular team in question at the group stage, that are high will be considered.
  2. High ranking goal distinction will that are identified at the group stage among the particular teams will also be put into consideration.
  • The group stage matches of the teams involved will be analysed, in order to see which of the teams has higher number of goals that the other.
  1. The higher away goals, that is those games played away from home, that were scored by the parties will also be considered among the particular teams in question.

Also on resolving the draw game among the teams, having applied the standard for resolving draw games from 1 to 4 and there is still a tie, the standard set out in are applied again to the football matches played among the teams that are remaining to identify the final rating, the standard set out in below, that is starting with 5 to 12 will apply.

  1. The group matches will be evaluated to identify high ranking goals.
  2. The group matches will also be appraised to identify the higher number of goals,
  • Also the whole group matches will be analysed to identify the higher number of victories.
  • The group matches played away from home will also be analysed to identify the victories in all group matches.
  1. The disciplinary points will equally be considered to identify the teams that had a lower disciplinary measure than the other. The aforementioned is usually premised on red and yellow cards that were gotten from all group matches, such as: ejection for two yellow cards in one match- 3 points, yellow card- 1 point and red card- 3 points.
  2. Coefficient of higher club will be checked.

 In considering the knock out stage in UEFA Champions league, there are pertinent issues that needs to be appraised in order to understand how the knock out stage of UEFA Champions league works, such as: draw and knock out phase leg and tie breakers.

 In round sixteen (16), the remaining clubs are divided into two relevant ‘pots’ of eight. One of the pots include those that topped their groups at the group state and the other pot, containing those that took second place or maybe called runner-up.

Notably, a club will be taken from each of the pots, to identify how the match up will be done. It is pertinent to state that in taking a club from each of the clubs, the qualification therein is that those that won in the group stage and those that took the second place in the same group, are not to be matched together again and specifically the clubs that are of the same home league, are not to be play one another. An example of clubs that are of the same home league are: Barcelona and Real, Madrid (Spanish Leagues), Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool (England) and Inter-Milan and AC Milan (Italy).

At the stage of UEFA Champions league quarterfinal and semi-final, it is important to state that clubs that reached that stage are not divided into different pots. Flowing from the aforementioned, the clubs that are still in the game can be drawn together, irrespective of whether they are form the same home league or they were winners or place took second at the group stage, in the same group. It is worthy of mention, that draws of quarter-final and semi-final are conducted before the UEFA Champions league are played, the identity of those that won the quarter final are not divulged at the time of drawing the semi -final.
Nevertheless, on the UEFA Champions league knock out stage, two teams are usually taken for the knock out stage, aside the finals.

In the UEFA knock out stage, the teams at the knock out stage play two matches, with every of the team playing one match at their home league country. It is imperative to point out that every of the match that is called a ‘leg’. The team that won at the group stage, do organize the second leg in the round 16 of the competition.

Additionally, the teams that had the highest number of goals, will advance to the next round of the UEFA Champions league.  However, if the total scores are the same , then the club that had the highest number of goals away after the two legs, proceeds to the next round.

Flowing from above, if the goals that were scored away are also on equal terms, an additional time of thirty minutes (30), will be added for the teams to break the tie. If the goals  that were scored during the additional time and the total score are the same, the team that visited, will proceed to the next round, on the premise of scoring more goals away from home.

Also, if there is no goal scored during the additional time added to the clubs, the game will be decided on a penalty shootout by the particular teams in question. It flows from the aforementioned that the team that puts in more goals within a limited five attempts in the penalty is taken to have won.

Fundamentally, if there is still a tie, after the penalty shootout, the team will be changing players, until one of the players puts in the ball into the net.

Finally, the finals of the UEFA Champions league constitute a match that is usually played in a neutral place. After the first 90 minutes, if the two team’s score is same, an additional time is given to break the tie, if the tie is not still broken during the additional time, the champion of the game is chosen via a penalty shootout.

Having a adumbrated on the UEFA Champions League, it is germane to evaluate the Europa League for a clear appreciation of this work.

The UEFA Europa League entails a yearly club football contest that is arranged by the Union of European Football Association since 1971. The UEFA Europa League is organized mainly for clubs in Europe that are qualified. The premise on which the Clubs in Europe are eligible for the Europa League competition is based on these club’s national leagues and cup competition achievement. UEFA Europa league is the second ranking of leagues in Europe, after the UEFA Champions league.

The UEFA Europa League was prior to this time known as the UEFA Cup, but as at 2009-2010 season, the UEFA contest was named UEFA Europa league. It is germane to add that for the purposes of record-keeping the Union of Europa Football Association, Europa League and UEFA Cup, are regarded as the same contest and with each nomenclature considered simply a change of brand name.

However, toeing the path of history in the Europa league, in the era of 1955-1971, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, was the competition played at that time and which has been argued to have preceded the UEFA Cup, which is now known as the Europa league, the Inter- Cities Fairs Cup skyrocketed from eleven teams (11) teams which it was at its inception, between 1955-1958 to sixty-four (64) between the time of 1970-1971. The Inter Cities Fairs was so pertinent and apt for the Union of European Football Association   (UEFA), that the aforementioned association took over the competition and kick-started it as UEFA Cup.

Furthermore, still toeing the path of history for an apt understanding of UEFA Europa league, it is apposite to state that UEFA Cup as was called at its inception, was in 1971-1972 season, first played and in which clubs from the England league played the final. These clubs that were pioneer finalist of the UEFA Finalist at the time of its inception were Wolverhampton Wanderers that played against Tottenham Hostpur and of which Tottenham Hostpur, became the first pioneer champions of the club.

Moreover, still on the path of history and flowing from the last preceding paragraph, after the pioneer championship of Tottenham Hostpur, in 1973, Liverpool in a game against Broussia Monchenglabach, conquered the aforementioned club and won the UEFA Europa League that year. In 1975 and 1979, Gladbach won the Europa league and certainly got to the final stage in 1980.  In 1974, Feyenoord after conquering Tottenham Hotspur with a pathetic 4-2 in total which entails (2-0 in Rotterdam and 2-2 in London).  In 1976, Liverpool for the second time in the UEFA Europa League became the champion.

Progressively, between the period of 1982 and 1987, IFK Göteborg won the  UEFA Europa League two times in succession and also in the same 1980’s  Real Madrid a Spanish club, equally  in two succession, were the champions of the UEFA Europa league and which is  between 1985 and 1986.  Also on the champions of the UEFA Europa League thus far, Anderlecht also in getting to finals in two successions was the champion of the league in 1983, but were defeated out rightly by Tottenham Hotspur in 1984.

The Italian clubs tool the control of the league in the198. Italian clubs such as Napoli, of which Diego Maradona played for as at them, conquered VFB Stuttgart. Also in the finals, two Italian clubs, Torino and Ajax in the Europa League’s finals contested against each other for the championship of the league, but Ajax won the championship on the premise of away goals rule.

Still flowing from the preceding paragraph on the sequence of championship in the UEFA Europa Cup, formally knowns as League Cup, in 1993 Juventus became the champions for the third time in the league and of which 1994, Internazionale an Italian Club, retained the championship of the league for the Italians. In 1995, the Italian clubs also played the finals  for the third time and of which and which Parma in proving their mettle and stability became the champions of the league for the year in question.

It is apropos to mention that the 1990’s the Italian clubs monopolized the finals and which one of the Italian clubs definitely becomes the champion, but in 1996 none of the Italian clubs got to the finals of the competition. In 1997, an Italian club, Internazionale got to the finals but were defeated by Schalke 04, though the defeat was typically based on a penalty shootout. Internazionale in their persistence and consistency, also reached what can also be described an Italian club finals and also became the champion of the third time in a space of eight years, in the UEFA Europa League.

In 1999, Parma became the champions and which equally on same footing terminated the supremacy of the Italian Clubs in the UEFA Europa League.

It is instructive to mention, that in 1999, UEFA Cup Winners Cup was scrapped and the UEFA Cup Winners were combined with UEFA Cup.

Nevertheless, there was total refurbishment of the league as at 2004 -200 season, in the sense that a group stage was added before the Knock-out stage, which was not the state of the league prior to 2004/2005 season.  The further 2009 refurbishment of the UEFA Europa League entails the unifying of UEFA Intertoto Cup into the UEFA Europa League, which however gave rise to a variant eligibility

Notably, for a club to be eligible for the UEFA Super Cup, the club must be a champion of the UEFA Europa League. However, from 2014-2015 seasons, and the other seasons after the aforementioned seasons, the champions of UEFA Europa League because eligible for the UEFA Champions league and automatically goes in the group stage of the Europa Champions League. The championship of the aforementioned have been taken by twenty (28) clubs and which at least thirteen (13) of the clubs won the champion more than twice. In the UEFA Europa League, the most coherent all-encompassing club is Sevilla, that have been the Champion on 5 consecutive times.

Additionally, the most recent club that have been the champion of the league, is Chelsea, that won Arsenal, after conquering the Arsenal Club, 4-1 in the finals played in 2019.

From the establishment of UEFA Europa League, it is germane to state that the league has over time consolidated competitive and entertaining substitute for teams in Europe that were are not eligible for the UEFA Champions League.

As regards to the eligibility of players to join the UEFA Europa League, the procedure for eligibility has significantly changed ever since 2009. The clubs involve in the Europa League are eligible for the league through coherent two means, and they are: the performance of the clubs in their home cup competition and the respective finals standing in the home leagues.

Also, it is apropos to state that the UEFA coefficients aids in identifying the process of eligibility of teams in the UEFA Europa league.  The higher the teams are categorized in the UEFA coefficients, the higher the eligibility status of the teams. There are four rounds in total, to make teams eligible for Europa League.

The UEFA Coefficient is gotten via outcome of clubs that are representing each association in the preceding five UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League seasons.

Also, besides the clubs that are eligible to be admitted straight to the Europa League, every club that is removed from the eligibility stage of the UEFA Champions league, is given another chance of engaging in the competitions of the Europeans, by being attached to the Europa league qualification. The losing teams in the Champions league qualifying stage, that is normally six are added to Europa league group stage.

It is imperative to have a perusal of how the 48 teams in the Europa league are gotten and they listed as follows:

  1. Clubs that are eligible to be admitted straight to the group stage of the Europa due to the coefficients and their association and which is always 17 clubs.
  2. Twenty-one clubs (21) UEFA Europa League qualifiers
  • The fourth qualifying round of UEFA Champions League and which entails 6 losers
  1. The third qualifying of the UEFA Champion League 4 non-domestic cup-winning losers.

After the qualification of the forty-eight teams, they are divided into ‘pots’ of 4 and every of the pot is categorized from number 1 to 4. However, the team that is appraised to have the highest coefficient will be admitted into Pot one (1), the next appraised team with a coefficient following the highest, will be admitted to Pot 2 and this is how it is done till it gets to the final pot, which is pot five (5).

The clubs are taken from every of the above mentioned pots, till twelve (12) groups of four (4). It is germane to state that clubs of the same association cannot be put in the same club

In evaluating how the group stage works, that are in the same group, contest in a double round-robin set-up known as the group stage, with the champions in the group stage and those that took the second place in the group state of the UEFA Europa league entering another round, constituting of 32 teams and which constitutes the first series of the knock out stage.

The twenty-four (24) UEFA Europa League will at the round thirty-two (32) admit the eight third place clubs from the UEFA Champions league at the group stage.

The appraisal of the team is appraised by points achieved at the group stage. There is no point allotted to any loss, one point is allotted to a draw and three points is allotted to a win.

Generally, in the Union of European Football Association (UEFA), resolves a draw through the following tie-breaking procedures:

 

  1. The number of points gotten by the particular team in question at the group stage, that are high will be considered.
  • High ranking goal distinction will that are identified at the group stage among the particular teams will also be put into consideration.
  • The group stage matches of the teams involved will be analysed, in order to see which of the teams has higher number of goals that the other.
  • The higher away goals, that is those games played away from home, that were scored by the parties will also be considered among the particular teams in question.

Also on resolving the draw game among the teams, having applied the standard for resolving draw games from 1 to 4 and there is still a tie, the standard set out in are applied again to the football matches played among the teams that are remaining to identify the final rating, the standard set out in below, that is starting with 5 to 12 will apply.

  1. The group matches will be evaluated to identify high ranking goals.
  • The group matches will also be appraised to identify the higher number of goals,
  • Also the whole group matches will be analysed to identify the higher number of victories.
  • The group matches played away from home will also be analyzed to identify the victories in all group matches.
  • The disciplinary points will equally be considered to identify the teams that had a lower disciplinary measure than the other. The aforementioned is usually premised on red and yellow cards that were gotten from all group matches, such as: ejection for two yellow cards in one match- 3 points, yellow card- 1 point and red card- 3 points.
  1. Coefficient of higher club will be checked.

It is imperative to appraise how the knock out stage in the UEFA Europa League works.   the round 32 entails making a draw and which constitutes the first round of the knock out stage.

It is important to mention that the round 32 constitutes of clubs that are divided into two divergent pots of 16, of which one of the pots entails eight (8) clubs that are of third-place clubs from the UEFA Champions’ league group stage and the eight (8) finest UEFA Europa League champions and on the other polarity, the remaining four points contains four (4) defeated or worst Europa League group winners and the Europa league group runner- up.

The teams that make up the knock out stage taken from each pot to decide what the combination of clubs in the knock out stage will be done and with a constraint that a champion and the club that took the second place in the same group at the group stage eill not be paired together. Also of interest that clubs that in the same home league, will not be drawn together.

The round 16, quarter-final and the semi-final of the UEFA Europa league do not entail dividing the teams involve in the Europa League, into distinct pots. The aforementioned simply entails that the clubs that are left in the tournament can be paired together irrespective of whether they are of the same home leagues or the position taken in the group stage or they were grouped under the same group in the UEFA Europa League.

It is important to mention that though the pairing of the quarterfinals and semi-finals are done at the same time, but is pertinent to mention that the clubs that won the quarter final are not divulged, until the conclusion of the semi-final draw.

At the knock phase legs and tie breakers, clubs are combined together for every of the clubs for the knock out stage, besides the finals, the clubs at this stage, will engage themselves in two matches at each other’s domestic stadium. Every of the aforementioned match played at that stage is known as a leg, with the champions at the group stage making arranging a second leg in the round 32. The club that scores the highest number of goals at the two legs played will proceed to the next stage or round of the game.

Nevertheless, if the total score is the same after the both legs have been played, the rule that will be applied to break the tie, is apply the away goal rules.  The aforementioned entails that the team that has the highest number of goals in the football that is played away after the two legs, is eligible for the next round of the tournament. If the goals that were played away from home are the same, then an added time of 30 minutes will be given to break the tie.

Fundamentally, the away goal rule is equally used to decide the winner after the extra time have been played. In a nutshell, what the aforementioned means, is that if the total number of goals given are still the same, the team that visited will proceed to the next round of the game on the basis of the away goal rule.

Also, if none of the particular teams score any goal, during the added time, the match will be decided through a penalty shootout. The club that has the scores like five goals in the penalty shoot-out wins and which is mostly five.  If the penalty shootout didn’t break the tie, the teams will continue till the tie is broken.

Finally, in the final match, which is just a single match, if there is a tie, additional time will be added and if the tie is not broken, then a penalty shoot-out will be apt for resolving the tie .