The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) released its Christmas chart, ranking the football clubs and national teams ahead of the 2021/2022 season.
The UEFA club five-year coefficient rankings feature football clubs from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Russia from the Caspian region among 428 clubs worldwide. The defending Azerbaijani champions, Qarabağ FK comes in at number 69, outstripping prominent European clubs such as Galatasaray (Turkey), Fiorentina (Italy), and Everton (England). Azerbaijan has Gabala SC (217), Neftçi PFK (244), Keşla FK (300), Sumqayıt FK (301), Sabail (302), Zira FK (303), and Kapaz FK (304) also ranked in the standings.
The reigning Kazakhstan Premier League champions, FC Astana ranks 63 in the table that calculates the results based on the points gained by a club in European football competitions over the last five years. FC Kairat Almaty (192), FC Kaysar Kyzylorda (308), FC Ordabasy Shymkent (309), FC Tobol Kostanay (310), FC Irtysh Pavlodar (311), FC Aktobe (312) are the next clubs from the Caspian country listed in the rankings.
The best club-level result from the Caspian region in the five-year coefficient assessment of UEFA belongs to the defending Russian Premier League holder Zenit FC, who stands at number 27. Along with Zenit FC, eight more clubs represent Russia in the rankings, including PFC CSKA Moskva (35), FC Krasnodar (44), FC Lokomotiv Moskva (51), FC Spartak Moskva (79), FC Rostov (108), FC Dynamo Moscow (146), FC Arsenal Tula, and FC Ufa.
UEFA took the overall results of the men’s national football for its recently released national team rankings. Titled as “2020/21 UEFA Nations League rankings,” the table features a total of 55 national teams participating in the Nations League tournament. Russia takes the best position among Caspian teams by coming in at number 24 in the rankings. Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan stand at 43 and 44, respectively.
In the next rankings of UEFA, known as “Association club coefficient,” Russia ranks 17, while Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan claim the 26th and 27th spots. The association club coefficients address the results of each association's clubs featured in the five previous UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League seasons.