We’re doing a poll on Twitter (sorry, Elon Musk, we’ll never say X) about which league is the best in the world. We put four options: Premier League, Spanish League, Italian Serie A and Bundesliga. The survey was not intended to determine whether the English woman is the best, that is disputed, but by how much. We assumed that 9 out of 10 fans around the world would choose Rubio Albion football, but we went further: we wanted to know if they could outdo those nine. In a few seconds there were already 20 votes, all twenty for the Prime Minister. Then it experienced a very slight decline, but when it reached the first 300 votes the percentage was 95.5% for the Premier, 2.4 for the Spanish league, 1.4 for Calcio and 0.7 for German football. So, more than nine out of ten prefer to watch the internal tournament of the inventor of football.
The third age wins in elimination
As an emphasis, it must be said that Serie A has had a significant recovery in the last three or four years, in favor of two fundamental changes: 1) They stopped hiring veterans and started betting on young people and 2) They definitely abandoned the catenaccio, the defensive style they held for a century.
Playing against ghosts
The Bundesliga is also very attractive, it is played in a round-robin fashion. No one would call it boring, but it is suppressed by other sins: TO) It has a boss called Bayern Munich, which has won eleven consecutive championships, which reduces interest. B) He does not employ stars, in any case he generates or discovers them and then transfers them to other markets (Gundogan, Lewandowski, Haaland, Bellingham). C) It has little media exposure, and therefore weak penetration in the rest of the world. You don’t watch many German football matches. Germany doesn’t make noise.
There is no other Scaloni, eh…
The Spanish league has been in first place several times, especially during the time of Messi at Barca and Cristiano Ronaldo at Madrid, a rivalry that has taken it to extraordinary limits. Now it is in decline, it has lost big stars (Messi, Cristiano, Neymar, Benzema, Luis Suárez, Casemiro, Rodri) and apart from Madrid and Barcelona, it can no longer match the Premier League wallet. But, apart from that, their football doesn’t have the appeal of years before. It is difficult to argue in favor of the Spanish league today, always riddled with accusations and scandals. It is true that he reigned for more than a decade thanks to the excellence of Barcelona and the counterbalance proposed by Real Madrid, an excellence that was limited to those two and a little of Simeone’s Atlético, who managed to intervene on several occasions.
‘They seemed to come from Mars…’
The French league, although it transfers the most footballers, cannot compete with the four mentioned. The same is happening with Portugal and the Netherlands. On the other hand, outside of Europe, it is worth considering the Brazilian championship, where twelve big teams normally play, which the rest of the world cannot match. These are Flamengo, Fluminense, Vasco da Gama, Botafogo, Palmeiras, São Paulo, Corinthians, Santos, Cruzeiro, Atlético Mineiro, Gremio and Inter de Porto Alegre. Furthermore, outside of the Old Continent, it is one of those with the largest budget.
Other South American leagues are less attractive, poorer, but, with Messi going through the retirement process, the world is waiting for another South American to emerge to become king. Neither Haaland, nor Mbappé nor Bellingham (at least not yet) can claim the throne of the best in the world.
There has never been such a great dominance of domestic football over others as it is in England. That can be dragged out. There are many reasons: as entertainment it is a noble, almost perfect product; its high level of organization, its beautiful scenery, its magnificent and charming stadiums, its footballing generosity in its pursuit of victory – all of it – but especially its aesthetic value and its moral purity. Fair Play is not just a slogan. There are no eternal beneficiaries like in Spain or Italy, no one runs with a trust horse, everyone is equal. For referees, Charlton Athletic is the same as Arsenal. If there is a penalty for Burnley against Liverpool, it is scored, referees are reliable and measure with the same yardstick, VAR is there to clarify doubts and reduce mistakes to a minimum, he takes care of the spectacle, makes it as fair as possible. Only error is tolerated. It’s about making up for lost time by giving eight or nine minutes of added time. Fanning is not allowed. Everton were found guilty of breaching financial fair play and immediately deducted 10 points. He stayed under the table, but didn’t say a word. If he had appealed, they might have got 15. Ivan Toney, Brentford’s goalscorer, received an eight-month ban after breaking more than 250 FA betting rules. Ruining the reputation of the tournament is certainly a serious matter.
No one is indifferent to the charm of the Premier League. And nobody wins before playing. Anyone can ring the bell. Of course, the most powerful sign better and have greater opportunities. However, it is the only major league that distributes its television rights revenue evenly among the 20 competitors in the First Division. This, with the aim of maximally equalizing everyone’s opportunities.
But there is an additional explanation: everyone goes to the front. There is no place for ultra-defensive technicians, they don’t like it, it’s not in the DNA of English fans. That’s why we see sensational matches where attack is changed for attack. There are 3 on 3, 2 on 2, 4 on 3… It is significant that even the smallest ones are looking for victory. On a good afternoon, Bournemouth can topple Manchester United. And the vast majority of duels are defined in the last moments of the match. Seeing a team win in the 95th or 96th minute is quite normal. Because there is also concern about adding to your lost time.
“You can watch Sheffield v Luton Town and you will have fun. Which doesn’t happen in Frosinone vs. Salernitana or Cádiz vs. Mallorca, with all due respect to these teams,” says Caballero Solidario, an informed tweeter.
Another point is the Big Six, the club of the big six: Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham. Which Newcastle, West Ham, Aston Villa are gradually approaching. Other media have two, at most three powerful ones. However, it is not impossible for other unknowns to be crowned as well, such as Blackburn Rovers in 1995 and Leicester in 2016.
This boom has seen them win three of the last five Champions Leagues. And not for just one team, for three different ones: Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. And three runners-up: Tottenham, City and Liverpool. In the UEFA Cup since 2010, they have won three crowns (2 Chelsea, 1 Manchester United) and were finalists four more times (Fulham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United). And in the Conference League, out of only two editions, they got one: West Ham is the current monarch. In other words, fantastic participation at continental level.
There is no doubt: out of every ten consulted, nine and a half choose the Premier League as the most beautiful tournament in world football. (OR)
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