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Europe's 4 Most Valuable Leagues
While England may have founded the sport, the whole of Europe has adopted football, with each country adding their own stylistic touches to the way the game is played. Below we have a look at some of Europe's most valuable leagues (based on transfers), their top teams and the style of play that has grown synonymous with each country:
Premier League: £3.90bn
Having made a broadcasting deal with Sky Sports for an unfathomable £5 billion, England's Premier League has become synonymous for football all over the world, with teams such as Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all becoming world famous, and this is just for their fans alone! One of the key features to the Premier League, possibly due to the amount of money involved, is that each year the teams involved have to desperately fight for supremacy. Let it be said, that no league represents such a level playing field as the Premier League. Leicester City's Premier League victory certainly brings home the fact that it isn't easy to stay on top! As for English football's style of play, while its certainly a topic of debate, the traditional quick attacks set up through "long ball" passes are key to success, much in the same way both corners and free-kicks can be deadly in the right hands. As you can imagine games due to the rapid nature, games can be both exciting and unpredictable.
La Liga: £2.73bn
Laying host to football giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and more recently Atletico Madrid, La Liga has more or less been a constant battle between these monolithic teams! Of course with the league hosting 20 teams in total, the gulf between La Liga's top and bottom teams may be wide, but teams like Sevilla have consistently proved that on an international level, the teams can easily rival many others. Due to Spain's unique style of play and wealth of their top teams, La Liga has brought to the fore some of the world's most exciting and talented players, with mid-fielders usually taking centre stage! Speaking of style of play, La Liga's clubs are rife with technically skilled players, and there's no denying that short passes play a huge role in the success of a team. While Barcelona really defined the "Tiki Taka" style, the general Spanish style placing possession above all esle, certainly demonstrates a level of teamwork and technical skill that is hard to find in any other country.
Serie A: £2.23bn
Serie A has been around since 1898, and early on, Serie A stood as a point of pride for Italians everywhere. Featuring the Seven Sisters of Italian football (Juventus, Inter, Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, Napoli and Roma), Serie A has been long regarded as the most tactical football league in the world and historically Italy's clubs can lay claim to the most successful international titles. While these seven teams have rotated in quality, all of Seria A's clubs demonstrate Italy's signature strength in defence. As far as style of play is concerned, modern Italian football may not rely so heavily on defence, compared to the 90s, but defence remains high on a team's priority. As such games tend to be hard-worn, with strategy and tactics making or breaking a team, meaning that games can be rife with intensity.
Home to the ridiculously impressive Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga can boast the highest average stadium attendance in the world, and actually consists of 18 teams. While there's little doubt to the success of Bayern Munich, teams such as Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Stuttgart have proved just as capable of winning the Bundesliga season. While on an international level, many of Bundesliga's clubs have demonstrated the discipline and prowess, with Bayern Munich especially encapsulating good German football. While Germany's style of play may sometimes be criticised for its lack of finesse, the teams that play are certainly effective, and teamwork and organisation has long since been key to winning the Bundesliga.