Many would answer that the Premier League is the best domestic league in Europe, but we are not here to answer which one is THE best, but which ones are among the best. The answer to that question seems fairly clear as well. An average football fan would say that the English, German, Italian, Spanish and French leagues are the best, which is not far from the truth. It’s like asking a gamer which one is the best site for bonuses, and he would say www.bonuswire.com of course (a pun that only bettors would understand).
Every league has its beauty, it’s only that the aforementioned five are the richest and can boast with the biggest football stars. They are not only the best for fans, but for the football players and clubs as well. But, when it comes to sticking major continental silverware in the trophy room from the Champions League and UEFA Cup, the Spanish and English clubs are the best.
This makes them also the richest because with every trophy and every win in Europe’s continental competitions there come monetary rewards too that count in millions. This enables them to have the best players, the best managers, the best attendance statistics, the best youth academies and the biggest rivalries. They are rich and appealing in all aspects.
Just in the last decade La Liga teams have lifted four Champions League trophies with one runner-up team and five UEFA Cup trophies with two runner ups. Premier League teams on the other hand have won three Champions League trophies, but had five runner ups, and one UEFA Cup trophy with two runner ups.
On top of that some of the best managers are managing either La Liga or Premier League teams like Mourinho (Chelsea), Van Gaal (Manchester United), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal), Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City), Louis Enrique (Barcelona), Rafa Benitez (Real Madrid) etc.
Teams from the Bundesliga have won only one continental trophy in the last decade, the Champions League trophy won by Bayern in 2013 against their rivals Borussia Dortmund. The last time a German club won the UEFA Cup was in 1997 when Schalke 04 defeated Internazionale on penalties.
In this respect the Bundesliga is at an equal level with the Ukrainian, Portuguese and Russian leagues, which can boast with one continental champion in the last decade. Shakhter won the UEFA Cup in 2009, while Dnipro was defeated in the last UEFA Cup final by Sevilla; Porto won the UEFA Cup in 2011 defeating Braga in the final while Benfica is a two-times runner up in 2013 and 2014; Zenit won the UEFA Cup too in 2008.
Even Serie A teams have had more continental trophies than Bundesliga teams in the last decade (two Champions league trophies with two runner-ups). This is a defeating fact for the Bundesliga considering that Serie A is not what it used to be and we’ve seen its popularity decline in the last decade. On top of that, Italian teams seem not much interested in signing superstars, or they just don’t have the financial power.
However, the Bundesliga as well as the French Ligue 1 have the best amount of different clubs to have won the league title, contrary to the La Liga, Premier League and Serie A where a handful of teams rotate the title between them. This ads quality and excitement for football fans.
Nevertheless, the Premier League and La Liga boast with some of the fiercest rivalries both in terms of teams and players which is also important for fans that enjoy watching football, their financial strength and the power to bring players like Ronaldo, Messi, Aguero, Sanchez, Rooney etc. So, it is safe to say that the Premier League and La Liga are currently the best leagues in Europe, with Bundesliga behind them.