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Power Rankings: Dortmund on rise after Bernabeu heroics


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Real Madrid's Iker Casillas looks down as Borussia Dortmund's players celebrate (Reuters)

Borussia Dortmund's fantastic draw at Real Madrid in the Champions League sees the Bundesliga outfit climb up this week's European Power Rankings.

It was so nearly a famous victory for Juergen Klopp's side at the Bernabeu, and only Mesut Ozil's late equaliser prevented the Spanish giants from suffering an embarrassing defeat in their own back yard.

Still, the point, followed up with all three in 3-1 Bundesliga win over Augsburg at the weekend, was enough for Dortmund to climb three places to sixth in our elite list of Europe's best teams.

Dortmund's rise means there are now two German teams in the top six, along with two from Spain - Barcelona and Real - and two from the Premier League - the two Manchester clubs.

Flip-flopping places with Dortmund are Atletico Madrid, who slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat at Portuguese side Académica Coimbra in the Europa League.

Otherwise, it's as you were in the top 10 this week.

Juventus climb to 11th at the expense of Arsenal, who suffered a pretty poor week by their standards after draws against Schalke and then Fulham.

Meanwhile AC Milan drop out of the top 20 after the Rossoneri drew with Malaga and then crashed to defeat at home to Fiorentina. French giants Lyon bounce back into 19th at their expense.

Paris St-Germain, led by the irrepressible Zlatan Ibrahimovic, move up two spots to 17th after their thumping of Dinamo Zagreb, even if they could only draw with Montpellier at the weekend, while Internazionale fall a place to 18th.


To determine our Power Rankings, we use the Euro Club Index, which scientifically analyses hundreds of thousands of matches from the top divisions in all European nations as well as Europa League and Champions League games.

The Index takes into account all matches played over an eight-year period but with recent results carrying more weight than older ones.

The performance of a league's teams in the Champions League and Europa League reflects the rise or fall of the sporting level in that league.

So, for example, if English teams perform well in Europe, all Premier League teams receive a small bonus in their ECI score. The ranking and its predictive power are thus made even more accurate.

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European Power Rankings 13/11/2012

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