European Football

Maltese bid refuses to melt in the sand

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Hibernians of Malta continue to have the best record in European football. They have dropped just two points from their 19 league games this season. Benfica are storming away in Portugal and Crusaders of Northern Ireland also have a 90%-plus points ratio.

      P Goals Pts %
1 Hibernians Malta 19 62-10 55 96.49
2 Benfica Portugal 17 41-7 46 90-20
3 Crusaders N.Ireland 20 43-23 54 90
4 Bayern Munich Germany 17 41-4 45 88.24
5 Linfield N.Ireland 19 46-32 50 87.72
6 Videoton Hungary 17 40-6 44 86.27
7 Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 19 48-11 49 85.96
8 Dynamo Kiev Ukraine 14 33-7 36 85.71
9 PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 18 49-14 46 85.19
10 Lincoln Gibraltar 11 31-16 28 84.85
11 Partizan Serbia 15 38-10 38 84.44
12 Steaua Bucharest Romania 17 36-8 43 84.31
13 The New Saints Wales 21 61-16 53 84.13
14 Portadown N.Ireland 20 57-37 50 83.33
15 Real Madrid Spain 18 62-15 45 83.33
16 Juventus Italy 19 42-9 46 80.70
17 Rudar Montenegro 17 31-8 41 80.39
18 Zenit St. Peter. Russia 17 41-10 41 80.39
19 Viktoria Plzen Czech Rep. 16 33-12 38 79.17
20 Olympiacos Greece 19 45-13 45 78.95

Other notable placings:
21- Chelsea (78.79), 24 – Porto (78.43), 25- Ajax (77.78), 27- Barcelona (77.19).

Only a handful of teams are still unbeaten: Hibernians, Bayern Munich, Dinamo Zagreb, Dynamo Kiev and The New Saints. Two teams are averaging more than three goals scored per game – Hibernians and Real Madrid, who have both scored 62 goals. Bayern Munich have the best defence – conceding just four goals in 17 games, that’s 0.24 per game.

This weekend, Hibernians travel to third placed Birkirkara, a team they only narrowly beat in October. Hibernians’ side includes a quintet of Brazilians – Soares, Dias, Lima, Edison and Jorginho – and they have contributed to the Paolites’ stunning first half campaign. Hibernians have also benefitted from the progress of Maltese under-21 international Johan Bezzina.

All thing being unequal, if you factor in relative strengths of the leagues, Bayern Munich would probably be the number one team in Europe, with Real Madrid 2nd, Juventus 3rd and PSV Eindhoven 4th, but that’s not what the Game of the People European Challenge is all about!

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