EUROPEAN FOOTBALL LEAGUES
The rather wonderful 'Compare the Leagues' website - http//comparetheleagues.com has produced a tool enabling users to compare various statistics for the top 20 European football leagues, as ranked by UEFA. The website is hugely
efficient at sorting and displaying the data, but here we have tried to put a bit of beauty back into the numbers.
Categories for comparison, here and on the website include UEFA ranking (UEFA coefficient). European titles won (Champions League, former European Cup. Europa League, former UEFA Cup. former Cup Winners' Cup) as well as
average goals per game in every league, the probability of games ending without goals, as draws / home wins / away wins, a comparison of average football player age across the European leagues, the percentage of players currently
playing in a country they weren't born in. and also various stats about stadium attendances.
COUNTRY BY COUNTRY COMPARISON
KEY DRAW% WIN % HOME WIN%
ENGLAND 24% 27% 47%
GERMANY 24% 27% 47%
ITALY 24% 27% 47%
PORTUGAL 30% 28% 42%
RUSSIA 25% 29% 46%
FRANCE 25% 34% 41%
UKRAINE 32% 24% 42%
GREECE 27% 26% 46%
TURKEY 35% 21% 44%
HOLLAND 23% 25% 52%
DENMARK 30% 30% 40%
SCOTLAND 22% 37% 41%
CZECH REPUBLIC 24% 26% 50%
AUSTRIA 28% 32% 40%
CYPRUS 25% 32% 43%
GOALS PER GAME
AVERAGE PLAYER AGE
% OF FOREIGN PLAYERS
% OF 0-0 DRAWS
GERMANY'S BUNDESLIGA HAS BY FAR THE HIGHEST ATTENDANCE (42,637 ON AVERAGE). TICKETS ARE CHEAPER THAN IN ANY OTHER OF THE "BIG FIVE-LEAGUES IN EUROPE. ON AVERAGE. GERMANS
ONLY PAY 22€ FOR THEIR BUNDESLIGA TICKETS.
IF YOUR GOAL IN LIFE IS TO WATCH AS MANY GOALS AS POSSIBLE. YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY CHECK OUT NETHERLANDS' EREDIVISIE (3.14), SWISS' AXP0 SUPER LEAGUE (2.98) AND GERMANY'S
BUNDESLIGA (2.91 GOALS PER GAME).
11.7% OF ALL GAMES IN LIGUE 1 END IN A BORING 0-0. THE PROBABILITY IS MORE THAN TWICE AS HIGH AS IN SWISS' AXP0 SUPER LEAGUE (4.4%) AND GERMANY'S BUNDESLIGA (4.6%). FRENCH LIGUE 1
ALSO HOLDS THE RECORD FOR MOST DRAWS IN EUROPE (34%).
ITALY'S SERIE A PLAYERS ARE TYPICALLY THE OLDEST IN EUROPE. AGED 26.9 YEARS ON AVERAGE. THE DUTCH EREDIVISIE IS COMFORTABLY THE "YOUNGEST" LEAGUE IN EUROPE. WITH AN AVERAGE
PLAYER AGE OF JUST 23.9 YEARS.
SPAIN AND HOLLAND ARE THE COUNTRIES WHICH SEE THE HIGHEST PROPORTION OF HOME WINS, WITH 52% OF MATCHES BEING WON BY THE HOME SIDE. THE SCOTTISH PREMIER IS THE MOST
UNPREDICTABLE LEAGUE, WITH 37% OF MATCHES BEING WON BY THE AWAY SIDE.
63.3% OF ALL PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS ARE NON-NATIVE. THE EPL'S REPUTATION (AND MONEY) ARE A HUGE CONTRIBUTING FACTOR.60.6% OF DIVISION A PLAYERS IN CYPRUS ARE NOT CYPRIOT.
MOST PLAYERS COME FROM GREECE.
Information coorect as of September 8th, 2011
Data sources: comparetheLeagues.com, wikipedia.org. uefa.com, deloitte.com, bwin.com. futebolfinance.com
• UEFA ranking (UEFA coefficient) shows a snapshot taken after the 2011 final.
• CL/EC Titles lists Champions League (1992-2011) as well as European Cup (1955-1991) wins
• EL/CWC/UEFA Titles lists Europe League (2009-2011). UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1961-1999) and UEFA Cup (1971-2008) wins.
• Average goals per game takes all domestic league games in account with the exception of relegation games.
• % of foreign players consists of players whose nationality differs from the country they play in. If a player has dual citizenship, the first nationality decides.
• Total Attendance compares apples with oranges, as some leagues consist of 20 teams, while others have 220.127.116.11 or even 10 teams.
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