At the start of Season 8, I published seasonal history stats showing how many points teams could expect to need to avoid the sack, avoid relegation, get into the playoffs (or the top ten in D1), win automatic promotion (top four in D1) or the title.
Now the season is over, here’s my round-up of how that worked out…
D1 – 52 points
Liverpool secured European football with the lowest ever points haul – 46 – required to do so.
A best ever finish for Spurs in 6th, and Internacional in 7th.
D2 – 58 points
Sassuolo – achieving their best ever finish – and Wolfsburg both discovered that 56 points was more than enough for a playoff place, as well as being the lowest total ever to achieve 6th and 7th places.
Milan will feel hard done by to miss out on automatic promotion to D1 with 66 points, the only team in the history of Top 100 to do so with such a total.
Benfica, also achieved their best ever finish, promotion through the playoff final, and an incredible 4th promotion, from D5 to D1, for manager Mark Stewart.
D3 – 57 points
Just 54 points – the lowest ever points totals for each playoff position – was enough for Fenerbahce, Sao Paulo and CSKA Moscow.
This was Sao Paulo’s highest ever finish, and the second worst for both CSKA and Fener.
Hamburger in 4th (their best ever finish) weren’t much better, recording the second lowest 4th place points haul in Top 100 history.
D4 – 56 points
Both Dnipro and Torino were left disappointed on 56 points (including the best ever ninth placed finish in D4), as Celta Vigo and Stoke City got 60 each to take the last two playoff places in D4. Both celta and Stoke notched up record-breaking points totals in the process.
It will be some consolation to Dnipro that this was their best ever season in Top 100, while it was Celta’s second best season.
Aston Villa and Espanyol might have expected automatic promotion in another season after also amassing a record-breaking 66 points apiece, but had to settle for the playoff final, Espanyol recording their best ever finish and promotion in the process.
D5 – 57 points
Rubin Kazan will be disappointed to miss out on the playoffs despite accumulating 59 points, the most by any team finishing 8th in D5.
That was also Rubin’s best finish since Season 4, as it was West Brom’s, who finished 7th also on 59 points.
Eventual playoff winners Brigge finished higher (and missed out on promotion) in Seasons 1 and 3, but amassed their highest ever points total with 62.