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Bleacher Report: Ukrainian Premier League among top 10 world leagues

15-01-2014 18:05

The Ukrainian Premier League has been included in the list of the world's best football leagues this season, being only behind England, Germany and Spain, according to a ranking compiled by U.S. online newspaper Bleacher Report.

"You may be surprised at first when seeing the Ukrainian Premier League this high on the list, but after a deep look, they do have a strong and enjoyable domestic league based on the stats. The average of 1.26 goals per game played was right in the middle of the pack when judging the 10 leagues on the list, but what really stuck out was the discipline of all 16 clubs in the Eastern European league. Only 11 red cards have been handed out this season in Ukraine, which is the lowest amount across all leagues that were evaluated," reads the report. "Another thing that stands out about Ukrainian football is that their teams do put up a good showing in Europe as represented by their 12 wins on the continental level this season. While Shakhtar Donetsk did not star in the UEFA Champions League, Chornomorets Odesa, Dynamo Kyiv and Dnipro all finished second in their respective groups in the UEFA Europa League. All four of those clubs will enter the Europa League knockout stage in February with a good chance to advance far in the tournament," according to the report. The four statistics looked at for this ranking were goals per games played, red cards per games played, continental victories and point differential from first to last. The world's top ten football leagues according to Bleacher Report: 1. England, 2. Germany, 3. Spain, 4. Ukraine, 5. Netherlands, 6. Mexico, 7. Argentina, 8. Brazil, 9. Italy, 10. The United States.