UEFA has released it’s new club rankings, which will determine where clubs will be seeded in European competitions in the coming season, and some French teams feature quite high up the list.
The highest French club in the ‘Club Coefficients’ list, UEFA’s way of seeding clubs, which takes into account the last 5 years of European football, is Lyon in 12th position. They maintain a high position despite their average performances in Europe in the last few seasons because their 2009/10 performance, which still counts towards the ranking, was very impressive.
The next French team on the list are PSG, who lie in 17th place, up from 19th place last season. Considering they have only picked up substantial points in the last two seasons, it is a relatively high rank for the Ligue 1 Champions.
Lille, who qualified for the Champions League in the coming season, are ranked 49th overall, meaning that they are likely to receive an unfavourable draw when it comes to the group stages of next year’s competition. They have not picked up substantial points since the 2009/10 season.
Lastly, the last three French teams who qualified for Europe, Guingamp, St-Etienne and Monaco, are all ranked very lowly in the new rankings. St-Etienne find themselves 138th, Guingamp 141st and Monaco are not even ranked, such has been their absence of European football. All three teams will have particularly tough draws, as they will likely be in the bottom seeded group for the group stage draw.