In a previous post, we looked at how many different teams have won the Championship in Europe and we found that in a lot of leagues, one team had dominated the decade with 7 or more titles (read that article here).
In this follow-up article, we aim to find out which European club has dominated their national top league the most (in the last decade (2010-19). In other words, we want to find the answers to the following questions:
- Which European club has dominated their local league the most?
- What are the highest average points (per match) gained by any club in an European top league?
Teams included in this analysis
In order to find the most dominant team in Europe, we start by selecting only teams that have won at least 7 titles during the decade. For leagues following the calendar year, this means we include the years 2010-19. For leagues running from Fall to late Spring/Summer, we include seasons running from 2010-11 until the 2019-20 seasons. In case of a league splitting up in a Championship and Relegation group (or similar) and in some cases removing points from the main stage, we have simply used the regular points rules, i.e. three points for a win and one point for a draw for all matches (that is, no reductions in points after a split). We have not checked if this could potentially mean a different Champion would have been crowned in certain cases.
The following teams qualify for this analysis:
Skenderbeu Korca (Albania) – 7 titles
RB Salzburg (Austria) – 8 titles
BATE Borisov (Belarus) – 9 titles
Ludogorets (Bulgaria) – 9 titles
Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) – 8 titles
APOEL (Cyprus) – 8 titles
HJK Helsinki (Finland) – 7 titles
PSG (France) – 7 titles
Bayern München (Germany) – 8 titles
Olympiakos (Greece) – 8 titles
Juventus (Italy) – 9 titles
FC Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova) – 8 titles
Celtic (Scotland) – 9 titles
FC Basel (Switzerland) – 7 titles
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) – 8 titles
TNS (Wales) – 8 titles
So, a lot of teams and a lot of different league levels. No team won all the titles during the decade, but four teams did manage to win 9/10. Interestingly, only one team (Ludogorets) will be adding a title from the start of the new decade, so it appears that in the new decade we will see other teams dominating their leagues (unless, of course, the leagues will generally become more even and see a larger variety in the teams winning).
Average points by club
In the table below, we show how many points on average per game each of the teams have gained per year.
* Ludogorets only qualified for the best Bulgarian league for the 2011-12 season
** Seasons annulled/stopped before finalizing due to COVID-19
Based on the table above, we can now find the average points for the decade and the highs and lows as shown here:
We now have all the data we need to answer the original questions:
Q: What is the highest average points (per match) gained by any club in an European top league?
A: 2.83 – gained by Greece’s Olympiakos during the 2015-16 season. Olympiakos played 30 matches, won 28, drew one and lost one. It quite simply does not get more convincing than that!
Q: Which European club has dominated their local league the most?
A: Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian giants have gained an average of 2.46 points per match played throughout the decade, which just surpasses Olympiakos’ 2.44 points gained. Scotland’s Celtic come in third at 2.41 points gained per match played.
So, who deserves the crown as the undisputed most dominating team in European football?
Ludogorets could be argued as the team to win this title, given their 9 straight wins (making it 10 this season) and probably alongside Bayern München the most predictable Champion, but their average points per game, even if only looking at the 9 times they were playing the top league in Bulgaria, does not compare to the top 3 on the list, so we will not choose Ludogorets for this. Based on average points, it’s a close race between Olympiakos and Shakhtar Donetsk. Both teams have won their leagues 8 times, however, at no time have Shakhtar Donetsk finished outside the Top 2, which Olympiakos did in the 2017-18 season when they finished third. For that reason, we will crown SHAKHTAR DONETSK as the most dominating team in the European top leagues. Congratulations to the Ukrainians!