THE STORY of numbers is one thing, and exact numbers are quite another.
The statement of the first operative of the red and whites, Zvezdan Terzić, that the path to the participation of two Serbian clubs in the qualifications of the Champions League from the 2023/2024 season has raised a lot of dust in recent days. cries only red and white.
Hence, it was interesting to look at the easily accessible numbers, in order to determine whether it is just “music for the ears” of Red Star fans or an irrefutable thesis.
– The media say that Zvezda and Partizan contributed to the fact that we are 12th in Europe and that we have two teams in the Champions League qualifiers in the 2023/2024 season, and if we are 11th, where Ukraine is now, we will have a direct participant. Well, it was not the successes of Zvezda and Partizan that contributed, but the successes of Red Star because we are the ones who brought points from which Partizan will also benefit – the general director of the current champion of Serbia, Zvezdan Terzic, pointed out in a statement for TV Pancevo.
It is clear that the leader of the club from LJutica Bogdan is talking about the last five seasons, which are entering the next showdown and in that period the red and whites won 22 points more for the coefficient of Serbia than the eternal rival. However, if the contribution of Partizan (as Terzic perceives the performance of two clubs in Europe) in “pumping” the performance and reaching the 12th place in the UEFA ranking (38.5 points) were completely eliminated, the national coefficient of Serbia would be 19,250 points today. .
That would bring our country to only the 24th place on the list, which would be enough to start the champion’s qualification from the first round, while the three remaining representatives would start competing in the second round of the Conference League qualifiers.
OFK Belgrade 3
Radnicki N. 0.5
* Total (from 2006/2007 until today)
That a high ranking of Serbia like this is now impossible without the active contribution of clubs on both sides of Topčiderski brdo, shows the period from 2008 to 2016, when Zvezda skipped one season due to violation of financial fair play (2014/205), and in all other collected only 12.5 points.
Despite the significant contribution of Partizan in that time period, the best ranking of Serbia was 21, while our country spent three years in the 27th position, where today Hungary is with only 15,875 points. The performance of Serbia in 12th place with 28,875 points testifies to the difference.
Finally, it is interesting to look at the combined performance of our two biggest clubs on the European scene in the period since the summer of 2006, when Serbia first appeared as an independent country in competitions under the auspices of UEFA. Partizan collected 96 points, while Crvena zvezda reached 83.5 points in the same period. Viewed by seasons, black and whites made a greater contribution in nine (including the previous one), red and whites in five, while in the 2013/2014 seasons. and 2019/2020. Partizan and Zvezda had equal contributions – (2 – 2 and 10.5 – 10.5).
Others together – 60.5In the previous 15 years, along with the eternal rivals, 12 more Serbian clubs were on the European football map. It is interesting that they all won a total of 60.5 points and that none of them managed to reach the group stage of a European competition.
Source: Novosti.rs RSS – Današnje vesti by www.novosti.rs.
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