While the discussion about which one is the best European football league seems to have no end, the Premier League – currently known as the Barclays Premier League due to sponsorship obligations – gathers the biggest fan base. We are talking about the professional English soccer league, the icing on the cake of the national football system. This competition is contested by twenty clubs through a points system, much like in every other European league. At the end of the season, the top four gets qualified to the UEFA Champions League, but since we cannot wait for this competition to help us define which league is the best, we will have to settle the matter with data from the past season.
After analyzing the revenue, the number of fans and assistance or the amount of top football players chosen for the annual FIFPro World XI, for instance, we can’t still definitively say which league –Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga or Serie A – is the best. Each one has its ups and lows, but the Premier League is clearly one of the most powerful.
The competition was formed as the FA Premier League in 1992, following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League, originally founded in 1888. The teams wanted to increase its revenue with television rights, which currently yield around £1.7 billion per year for domestic transmissions, turning it into the most profitable European league. The Premier League is also the most watched football league in the world, broadcasted in 212 locations and in more than six hundred million homes.
In the 2012-13 season, the average attendance of the competition was only outstripped by the Bundesliga. However, it’s Spain who has the biggest amount of top football players awarded at the annual FIFPro World XI. So, after all this, which one is the best league? Our infographic will help you choose.
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