Last Danish team out of Europe as Aalborg lose to Club Brugge

The last Danish team playing in Europe was knocked out of the Europa League last night and once against 'Dane killers' Club Brugge wielded the sword, beating AaB Aalborg comfortably over two legs.

The Belgians – who had already dispatched Brøndby and FC Copenhagen – beat Aalborg 3-0 at home to easily progress to the last 16 of the Europa League, winning 6-1 on aggregate.

”We need to take a deep breath because we are disappointed that we couldn't give Club Brugge more of a challenge tonight,” Kent Nielsen, AaB's coach, told

”There is no doubt that we were up against a quality opponent and you have to tip your hat to them, but we still believed we could do more.”

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Coefficient nightmare
Aalborg's demise cemented yet another poor season for Danish teams in Europe that has led to Denmark sinking fast in the UEFA coefficient rankings – which ranks nations according to how well their teams have performed in European competitions over the past five years – over the past three years.

Thanks to some good results by FC Copenhagen in Europe – including a last-16 showing in the 2010-11 Champions League season – Denmark was ranked 12th in the UEFA coefficient rankings and gained an automatic Champions League group stage bid.

But since then, poor seasons in Europe over the past four years have dropped Denmark to 22nd (see the rankings here), behind Belarus, Israel, Poland and Cyprus. Belgium, which Denmark was on a par with just three years ago, is currently ranked 10th.

And it won't get any better next year. The points that Denmark gained during the successful 2010-2011 season will no longer apply, so a further drop is on the horizon.

Scotland and Sweden (ranked 23rd and 24th) will start next season with more points than Denmark. Denmark will have 13,100, Scotland 14,300 and the Swedes 15,125.