A direct ticket to the UEFA Champions League group stage requires a place in the top ten UEFA rankings. Just last season, our country slipped to 13th place, four places lower than the previous year, and many European tickets lost their value.
With our dramatic 2017-2018 European season (barely 2,600 points) over, Belgium started the current season in 10th place by default. In the battle for the top ten, Scotland, Austria, Serbia and Norway will become the main competitors of our country.
Feel free to step out of the banners and cakes: a modest party can be celebrated. Because Belgium jumped above Scotland to take 8th place in the UEFA rankings this week.
Hip Hop Hooray!
This performance was mainly due to the union this week. Team Brussels collected 1,400 points by defeating Malmö – including an additional 1,000 points for winning the group.
This means that the vice-champion’s share of the European contribution is almost as large as that of Club Brugge. Blauw-Zwart was unable to contribute once to this tour due to the defeat to Porto.
KAA Gent and Anderlecht did so to a limited extent (0.200 points each) in a conference league tie. Next week, it’s up to them to make a big push.
But hey, Belgium has been running out of stalkers again in recent days. Plus, our competitors are almost certain to see a lot of salespeople die.
There is a very good chance that Scotland will not be left without anyone after the New Year. Due to Celtic’s draw against Shakhtar, they were knocked out of Europe. Rangers (3-0 loss to Napoli) can only go to the Europa League with a miracle. And Hearts is ready too despite winning over RFS.
Austria’s outlook is a little better. Salzburg lost to Chelsea, but could still winter next week. Sturm Graz beat Feyenoord (1-0), but the crazy Group F of the Europa League can still go either way. Austria Vienna was counted after 1-1 against Lech Poznan.
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