Geographical Extremes in European Football


  • Extremal Participants
  • Extremal Ties
  • Below you find the northernmost, southernmost, easternmost and westernmost clubs to participate in and to win European cups and first level competitions, as well as the longest and shortest distance between club matchups in European Cups.


    Extremal Participants

    European Cups - Participation

    North: Tromsø IL, Norway           Latitude  69°66'N  Longitude  18°96'E
    South: UD Las Palmas, Spain        Latitude  28°10'N  Longitude  15°41'W 
    East:  Irtysh Pavlodar, Kazakhstan Latitude  52°30'N  Longitude  76°95'E
    West:  IB Keflavík, Iceland        Latitude  64°01'N  Longitude  22°56'W
    West:  CD Santa Clara, Portugal    Latitude  37°44'N  Longitude  25°40'W (UI Cup)
    

    First Level - Participation

    North: Tromsø IL, Norway           Latitude  69°66'N  Longitude  18°96'E
    South: UD Las Palmas, Spain        Latitude  28°10'N  Longitude  15°41'W 
    East:  Okean Nakhodka, Russia      Latitude  42°81'N  Longitude 132°88'E
    West:  CD Santa Clara, Portugal    Latitude  37°44'N  Longitude  25°40'W
    

    European Cups - Winners

    North: IFK Göteborg, Sweden        Latitude  57°71'N  Longitude  11°96'E
    South: SL Benfica, Portugal        Latitude  39°08'N  Longitude   9°31'W
    East:  Dinamo Tbilisi, Georgia     Latitude  41°71'N  Longitude  44°78'E
    West:  SL Benfica, Portugal        Latitude  39°08'N  Longitude   9°31'W
    

    First Level - Winners

    North: KA Akureyri, Iceland        Latitude  65°66'N  Longitude  18°10'W
    South: Hapoel Beer Sheva, Israel   Latitude  31°23'N  Longitude  34°78'E
    East:  Yelimay Semey, Kazakhstan   Latitude  50°43'N  Longitude  80°27'E
    West:  IB Keflavík, Iceland        Latitude  64°01'N  Longitude  22°56'W
    

    Extremal Ties

    Distance is between cities, not the actual address of the club.
    Distance is calculated by using GeoSelect.

    Champions Cup/League

    Longest distance between clubs: 5189 km
    2005/2006 Neftci Baku (Azerbaijan) -  FJ (Hafnarfjördur) (Iceland)
    
    Shortest distance between clubs: 0 km
    1958/1959 Real Madrid (Spain) - Atlético de Madrid (Spain)
    2002/2003 Milan AC (Italy) - Internazionale (Italy)
    2003/2004 Arsenal (England) - Chelsea (England)
    
    Shortest distance between clubs (two different countries): 72 km
    1979/1980 Dundalk (Ireland) - Linfield (Northern Ireland)
    
    Longest distance between clubs in final: 2163 km
    1970/1971 Ajax (Netherlands) - Panathinaikos (Greece)
    
    Shortest distance between clubs in final: 298 km
    1999/2000 Real Madrid (Spain) - Valencia (Spain)
    
    Shortest distance between clubs (two different countries) in final: 386 km
    1992/1993 AC Milan - Olympique Marseille 
    

    Cup Winners Cup

    Longest distance between clubs: 5269 km
    1994/1995 Keflavík (Iceland) - Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)
    
    Shortest distance between clubs: 24 km
    1988/1989 Mechelen (Belgium) - RSC Anderlecht (Belgium)
    
    Shortest distance between clubs (two different countries): 92 km
    1980/1981 Thor Waterschei (Belgium) - Fortuna Düsseldorf (Germany)
    
    Longest distance between clubs in final: 2864 km
    1985/1986 Dynamo Kiev (Soviet Union) - Atlético de Madrid (Spain)
    
    Shortest distance between clubs in final: 149 km
    1987/1988 Mechelen (Belgium) - Ajax (Netherlands)
    

    UEFA Cup

    Longest distance between clubs: 4874 km
    1996/1997 Tenerife (Spain) - Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)
    
    Shortest distance between clubs: 34 km
    1978/1979 MSV Duisburg (Germany) - Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
    
    Shortest distance between clubs (two different countries): 55 km
    1999/2000 Inter Bratislava (Slovakia) - Rapid Wien (Austria)
    
    Longest distance between clubs in final: 3907 km
    2004/2005 Sporting CP (Lisboa) (Portugal) - CSKA Moskva (Russia)
    Shortest distance between clubs in final: 117 km
    1974/1975 Borussia Möchengladbach (Germany) - Twente Enschede (Netherlands)
    
    Shortest distance between clubs (same country) in final: 182 km
    1971/1972 Wolverhampton Wanderers (England) - Tottenham Hotspur (England)
    

    About this document

    With thanks to Mike Dryomin (mike.d@g23.relcom.ru), E. Semih Diktas" (esd1905@hotmail.com) and David Tuci (tuxtucis@hotmail.com)

    Prepared and maintained by Sondre Zachiarassen for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

    Author: Sondre Zachiarassen (sondrez@yahoo.com)
    Last updated: 7 Jul 2005

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