Football in Europe is regarded as the headquarters and the top promoters of the sport in the world, following the glamorous nature of the continental showpiece known as the UEFA Champions League as well as some of the top domestic league like the Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, etc.
However, the European scene also has its big brothers amongst the 54 nations except for Liechtenstein who currently has no working domestic competition.
For years now, the likes of England, Spain and Germany has continued to maintain the status of countries in Europe with the best domestic leagues following the performance of clubs in European club competitions like the Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
When it comes to the bragging rights as to who gets the fame as the country with the best league on the continent, England, Spain and previously Italy continues to make the headway.
The Premier League with notable clubs like Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have gone on to make statements.
Moving over to Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona continue to shine. Even though, the two sides have failed to perform at the highest level in recent times.
It could be recalled how Real Madrid’s form in the Champions League dropped after the exit of their former star player in Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Italian giants Juventus.
Barcelona on the other hand has failed to hit the ground running for a while. Recall, the club lost heavily to Bayern Munich during the 2019/2020 UCL quarter-finals.
This article outlines the best leagues in Europe according to their recent performance across all UEFA club competitions like the Champions League, Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup using the UEFA Country Coefficient.
1. La Liga – Spain
The Spanish La Liga continues to make the headline lately with constant progress to the knockout stages of UEFA club competitions.
Clubs like Real Madrid are the most successful team when it comes to the UEFA Champions League with over 13 times in the history of the competition.
The recent was a back to back win of the continental top trophy in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Barcelona is another team with a top star in Lionel Messi who currently carries the team across all competitions.
Barcelona has also won a decent number of UCL trophies in the past.
Another team that has continued to raise the Spanish flag is Sevilla.
The team from Seville won the Europa League in three straight years. They are also the current Champions of the competition after beating Italian Serie A side Inter Milan in the final.
Sevilla eliminated notable teams like Manchester United en route to the final.
This year, Sevilla advanced to the UCL knockout round and could not participate in the UEL.
This year, surprise Spanish teams like Granada CF and Villarreal CF got the semi-finals.
Ranking Points: 103.569
2. Premier League – England
The Premier League in England is arguably regarded as the best league in not just Europe, but the world.
The league owing to its competitive nature has continued to rake in higher Television revenue than other leagues on the continent.
Although, when it comes to fan participation during league matchdays, the German Bundesliga tops the chart with most matchday attendance across Europe.
Notable names like Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal have continued to fly the English flag higher in recent years.
Recall, before Bayern Munich covid-19 European football domination, four English clubs got to finals of the two most prestigious club competition in Europe (UEL and the UCL).
Chelsea won the Europa League in 2019 after beating rivals Arsenal in the final.
Liverpool also won the champions league, beating then Mauricio Pochettino tutored side Tottenham Hotspur.
England also had over five teams in the UCL during Manchester United’s Triumph in the Europa League. Although this is not new as Spain has continued to hold such a hugh number of teams.
3. Serie A – Italy
Although, this may come as a surprise to many. But you cannot rule out the efforts of Italian teams in European club competitions.
Juventus have continued to surpass the quarter-finals of the UCL. Although they lost out to Portuguese Primeira Liga side FC Porto in the quarter-finals, though most goals scored on the road.
Last season, Inter Milan got to the final of the UEL, losing to Sevilla in the finals.
Do you still remember the brave Atalanta team?
Lazio is another side, led by a free-scoring Ciro Immobile and AC Milan.
Serie A may not be having much-needed attention as it should be. But the league has continued to flourish in UEFA competitions.
In recent years when the Milan clubs where at the top echelon of European club football, Serie A was the most followed and was regarded as the best due to its competitive nature as then.
In 2021, there’s a new resurgence as AC Milan, Inter Milan, AS Roma, Napoli and Lazio look to be brighter than the giants Juventus.
4. 1. Bundesliga – Germany
Although it could be regarded as a one-man show. The Bundesliga has continued to shine its light across European competitions.
Bayern Munich is the best team in the country and has not failed to meet up expectations.
Last season, Bayern won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup held in Saudi Arabia.
Bayern Munich boost of star players like Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Thomas Muller. These players all contributed to the club’s trophy sweep.
Bayern Munich is the current Champions of Europe.
Another team that has held their stake including new improved Borussia Dortmund with star names like Erling Braut Haaland (The goal boy) Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham, Thorgan Hazard and Marco Reus.
Borussia Monchengladbach, Frankfurt and Bayer 04 Leverkusen complete the list.
5. Ligue 1 – France
French football recently got into the scenes with impressive form on the continent as Paris Saint Germain and Olympique Lyon were impressive.
Even though Paris Saint Germain appears to be the best and the most dominant in recent years. PSG have not failed to get through to the knockout round alongside Olympique Lyon.
A few years back when AS Monaco had the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Thomas Lemar, Falcao, etc. They used to challenge the capital club in the domestic scene.
In the Champions League, AS Monaco also got to knockout stages before an eventual elimination.
Ligue 1 has gradually received an increased number of followers and TV viewership after notable names like Neymar, Mauricio Pochettino, Fabregas joined teams in the league.
6. Premier League – Russia
The Russian Premier League have had its fair share of the championship league, even though Russian clubs are not at the same level as their counterparts in England and Spain.
Some notable names like CSKA Moscow, Dinamo Moscow and Krasnodar in recent times have gone to represent the country at the highest level.
Spartak Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg have long dominated the domestic scene.
When it comes to the Champions League, Zenit is the best. Although it used to be.
Remember when Roberto Mancini was in charge of Zenit St Petersburg? They were fearless and a strong opposing in continental competitions.
Spartak Moscow is regarded as the most successful club in Russia.
7. Primeira Liga – Portugal
The Primeira Liga have constantly produced clubs that have gone on to win some European competitions.
In recent years, Portuguese clubs have not failed to move past the group stage in their respective European club competitions.
This year, FC Porto handed Italian Serie A giants a shock exit from the UCL with an away goal advantage.
Porto also won the UCL back in the 2003–04 competition.
SL Benfica, Sporting CP have also continued to raise the Portuguese flag.
Sporting CP produced current Manchester United top star, Bruno Fernandes.
8. First Division A (Pro League) – Belgium
The Belgian First Division A has not done well in recent years.
Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Gent and Genk are some notable names.
Although Belgian teams have struggled in European competitions, the league has not failed to produce top teams.
RSC Anderlecht is the most successful team in the country.
Belgium has consistently produced quality players across the top five European leagues. Players like Eden Hazard, Courtois, Thorgan Hazard, Lukaku, Origi, etc are notable Belgian players.
9. Premier League – Ukraine
The Ukrainian Premier League is another top League when it comes to Europe top teams like Dinamo Kyiv, FC Shakhtar Donetsk.
In 2015, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk got to the final of the Europa League after beating Napoli in the semi-finals, only to lose out to Sevilla in the final.
Ukrainian clubs have however continued to improve on their current form. Last season, Shakhtar Donetsk humiliated Real Madrid during the group stage.
Dinamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk have continued to shine in UCL every season they’ve qualified for the continental showpiece.
10. Super Lig – Turkey
The Turkish Super Lig is another entertaining league in Europe with an ever-increasing number of entrants in European club competitions.
The recent impressive run by Besiktas, İstanbul Başakşehir F.K who shocked Manchester United during the group stage of the Champions League.
In recent years, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce were the best on the continent when it comes to Turkish teams.
11 Netherlands 32.433
12 Austria 31.250
13 Czech Republic 28.675
14 Greece 27.600
15 Croatia 27.375
16 Denmark 27.025 1
17 Switzerland 26.900
18 Cyprus 24.925
19 Serbia 22.250
20 Scotland 22.125