Five Best Soccer Leagues in the World
The Five Best Soccer Leagues Every Soccer Fan Should Follow
Soccer is a global sport with players from every country and leagues in almost as many. With so many leagues to choose from, it can be hard for the average soccer fan to find a few favorites. To help you find the best soccer leagues, i provide you here with the five best soccer leagues to follow from around the world.
In many countries soccer is better known as football, or some other names. In this article I will refer to European football as soccer for simplicity and because that’s what I grew up calling it.
I chose these leagues based on several factors, not just official rankings, fans, world recognition etc. These are five top leagues that offer great action and entertainment. I have also included 5 additional leagues that could easily fit into the top five, but there just isn't enough space. This is written to encourage soccer fans to explore other, fantastic leagues around the world!
Enjoy the beautiful game!
Now, the best soccer leagues around the world in no particular order.
English Premier League
The English Premier League (EPL) is the top tier league in England boasting widely known teams such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and many other popular teams.
Some of the world’s best players are in England playing in the English Premier League. A few of my favorite players to watch in the EPL include Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, David Silva, Sergio Aguero and, of course, Americans Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard.
The EPL runs from August through May, providing nearly year round entertainment. And what great entertainment it is! The matches are usually filled with skill, action, drama and surprises. By the end of the season, you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat cheering your team on breathlessly hoping for victory.
The English Premier League is broadcast all over the world. In America, both ESPN and Fox Soccer air games and ESPN3.com is a great place to watch many more games.
This last season saw Manchester City and Manchester United competing until the last day for who would win the league title. It is exciting to see such closely matched competitors, which the EPL is full of.
The English Premier League is one of my top favorites not only because of the level of play, but also the long history of the league dating back many many years. The fans and the stadiums are always impressive and it makes the games that much more exciting when the buzz of the cheering crowd is heard throughout a match.
Serie A in Italy
Serie A is the Italian soccer league which contains the best teams in Italy. Inter Milan, Juventus, and AC Milan are a few of the well known teams in the league.
The players in Serie A are some of the finest in the world. A few of the most notable players are: Wesley Sneijder, Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic as well as American Michael Bradley.
The Serie A season runs during the same time most other leagues play, including the English Premier League. Serie A begins in September and concludes in May the following year.
My favorite team when I was growing up is in the Italian Serie A. I loved watching this team play because of the players on the team, particularly Ricardo Kaka. Do you know the team? It was AC Milan.
Unfortunately for Serie A, it seems to always have a bit of controversy in the air. Most recently in the form of match fixing allegations. Let’s hope they can clear the problems, and just play great soccer.
Spanish La Liga
The Primera División in Spain, but better known as La Liga to English speakers, is the top Spanish football league. It has been in existence since the late 1920’s and still includes three teams today who have never been knocked out of the league.
The Spanish La Liga is best known for two powerhouse teams that in recent years have dominated not only La Liga, but other club tournaments throughout Europe.
Real Madrid and Barcelona contain arguably the best players in the world in Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In the last season, Ronaldo and Messi each broke the league record for most goals in a season, but Messi ended up topping Ronaldo’s impressive 46 goals by scoring an incredible 50 goals. Messi also became the league leader in total goals scored. Besides these players, each squad is brimming with superstars too many to mention here.
Barcelona won the Spanish La Liga 3 times in a row from the ’08-’09 season to the ’10-’11 season. However, Real Madrid powered back this last season, winning the league title.
The season runs at the same time as the EPL and Serie A and is often broadcast on ESPN in America. I enjoy watching La Liga because of the incredible players on Barcelona and Real Madrid. It is not uncommon to see scores of 5-0, or even 8-0 in some games.
The German Bundesliga is Germany’s primary soccer league. Although formed relatively recently in 1963, it boasts incredible fan support with an average of more than 42,000 fans per game in the ’10-’11 season.
The Bundesliga has traditionally been dominated by FC Bayern Munich, but in the last few years Borussia Dortmund has become a tough competitor, winning the ’11-’12 season.
While Bayern Munich is made up of at least 7 German national team players, the Bundesliga includes other world class players such as Robben, Ribery, Huntelaar and several American National team members.
The season runs from August through May following similar schedules as many other European leagues.
I enjoy the German Bundesliga because of strong players, passionate fans, and packed stadiums. The games tend to be very competitive and exciting making it one of the best leagues every soccer fan should follow!
Major League Soccer in America
I know many will be confused, or disagree, but as an American, Major League Soccer provides soccer action close at hand. The MLS is the top soccer league in American formed about 20 years ago to provide both players and fans professional soccer in America.
While the league does not contain the same number of superstars as European leagues, it does including David Beckham, Robbie Kean, Thierry Henry, and many Central American players as well as US National Team members.
Opposite most European leagues, the MLS season runs during the summer months, stretching from March through November. Some have wondered why the MLS would not follow the example of other leagues, but I believe it provides great summer entertainment while most other soccer leagues are on break.
In recent years the MLS has seen a rapidly increasing fan base in combination with new, soccer specific stadiums throughout the country. These stadiums provide incredible atmosphere during the games and for any American soccer fans, is a must visit.
The MLS is one of the top leagues every soccer fan should follow because it has grown significantly in the last 15 years, and appears to be set to grow even more in the years to come.
Honorable Mention - 5 More Top Soccer Leagues
It is necessary to include several leagues that are also some of the best in the world, but are not in my top 5. These leagues might be in other soccer fanatics top five favorite soccer leagues, so it is worth mentioning them for anyone interested.
Honorable Mention - Other Top Soccer Leagues
- The Brasileirão in Brazil's
- Ligue 1 in France
- Eredivisie in Holland
- J-League in Japan
- UEFA Champions League - Europe (made up of the top clubs from other leagues in Europe)
Almost every nation on Earth has it's own soccer league, so there are plenty more leagues around the world and each entertaining and full of drama and skill in their own way.
Hopefully this will provide a wider picture for fans of the beautiful game to enjoy it in different locations and leagues around the world
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I will gladly admit that there are many more leagues around the world with top level teams and players. These five leagues are my favorites and represent the leagues I believe every soccer fan should enjoy watching and following.
One league I feel is important to mention is the UEFA Champions League (UCL). Although I did not include it, it is one of my favorite for obvious reasons. If you don’t know much about that league, you should really look into it!
If I missed your favorite soccer league, write it down in a comment to share with others!
So what leagues do you follow? Post your Top 5 Leagues in the comments below!