The debate among soccer fans has raged for ages, who deserves the title of the best league in European soccer?
UEFA itself ranks the top 6 as Spain, England, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and France, and these are generally considered to be the top 6 by global pundits, but the ordering of these six has been a hot topic this millennium.
Going down the list, each league has its own strengths and weaknesses. For starters, Spain obviously has the glaring advantage of being the home of both Real Madrid and Barcelona, considered not only to be the best rivalry in soccer but two of the best teams in the world.
On the flip side, though, the level of talent after that cream of the crop falls off dramatically, with teams like Elche and Cordoba not standing much of a chance in national competition. Moving down the list, for a long time now the Barclays Premier League has been renowned for its depth, as evidenced by the fact that at the beginning of every season there are a solid handful of teams who have a shot at winning the title.
However, because the domestic schedule is so demanding, English teams have been struggling in Europe lately, with Chelsea’s UEFA title in 2012 being the most recent. Furthermore, Germany’s Bundesliga has been dominated lately by Bayern Munich, and with good reason; quality players like Arjen Robben combined with innovative tactics from Pep Guardiola are surely a recipe for success.
On the other hand, many argue that German soccer is not exciting to watch, with the pure physicality of the league not being as visually captivating as the flair of a league like La Liga.
Moving south, Serie A in Italy has one of the best historic reputations in the world, boasting teams for example like the dominant AC Milan side of the late 1980s and early 1990s, featuring giants of the game like Ruud Gullit and Paolo Maldini.
More menacingly, though, in recent times the nation’s soccer has suffered from prevalent accusations, and more often than not proof, of racism and corruption. Going back to Iberia, the arrival of Nani to Sporting Lisbon has many in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, as the Manchester United’s loan spell to his home nation could add a serious amount of dribbling pizazz.
However, only Porto has been able to win any international acclaim as of late, winning the Europa League cup in 2011. Finally, France’s Ligue 1 holds plenty of excitement between the stars of PSG and Marcelo Bielsa’s transformation of Marseille.
However, many see PSG’s dominance as a double-edged sword, as their lack of frugality disrupts any financial fairness in France. In short, each league has its own claim to the best league in Europe, and each league has its own detractions.
Now, dear reader, it is up to you to make your decision.
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