Category: Leagues

Can regional leagues bring Champions League success to smaller clubs – ESPN FC

Can regional leagues bring Champions League success to smaller clubs – ESPN FC

There would be a lot of kinks to work out for this to come to fruition but you can see the benefits. Especially if there is a Super League in the future. It would be interesting to see all the proposed teams in regular competition with each other. I wouldn’t want to see their respective domestic leagues take a big hit as a result and I doubt those leagues would either. It certainly wouldn’t make sense to do this league without it being the primary source of qualification for European competition but again the domestic leagues can’t be fully left out.

It seems like this would only  really come about if the gap between the super clubs and every one else widens as expected given the recent changes in Champions League. We shall see

Is the Premier League less predictable than other leagues? Not exactly | Football | The Guardian

Is the Premier League less predictable than other leagues? Not exactly | Football | The Guardian

I’ve been thinking about this since the beginning of the season. It’s still early days but some of the performances and results have been fascinating, and hopefully they hold up.

The topsy turvy nature of the Premier League is old news at this point but there is a valid argument that things are going as expected as the top six sides in the country currently occupy the top six spots. They’ll vary position etc throughout the season but you get the feeling that overall that won’t change.

As the article points out, there’s plenty going on in Europe’s other top leagues.

Newly promoted Red Bull Leipzig is right on Bayern Munich’s coattails while Borussia Dortmund sit in fifth. That’s down to underwhelming performances from those two. In France, Nice leads all comers with Mario Balotelli heading the attack, though their lead was cut to three points before the international break. Still, Monaco look likely to give Paris Saint-Germain a good run for their money this season. The Serie A remains the least suspenseful league with Juventus’ four point lead. AC Milan’s bright start to the season has made things exciting and there’s always the possibility that Roma and/or Napoli finally put up a good challenge. And La Liga is fun as always. Six points separate first from fifth and the performances of Sevilla, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao mean things won’t be easy for Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. They’ve all suffered shock results to lower teams already as well so there’s sure to be more drama as the season goes on.

Premier League clubs make record £3.4bn with help from FFP regulations | Football | The Guardian

Premier League clubs make record £3.4bn with help from FFP regulations | Football | The Guardian

This is what the rest of Europe has to contend with. You would expect that there will be profits across the board in 2015/16 as well.

Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

Sebastian Giovinco’s Italy snub hurts MLS’s plans to be a ‘league of choice’ – ESPN FC

Sebastian Giovinco’s Italy snub hurts MLS’s plans to be a ‘league of choice’ – ESPN FC

As I mentioned in a previous post, the omission of Pirlo isn’t as big a deal as Giovinco’s omission. The Toronto star is becoming the face of the league and was the league’s first real signing of a high-level European talent in their prime. If he doesn’t get any further looks into a national team where his skills would be useful then others may reconsider.

How the Bundesliga’s once-motoring clubs, Wolfsburg and Stuttgart, stalled | Football | The Guardian

How the Bundesliga’s once-motoring clubs, Wolfsburg and Stuttgart, stalled | Football | The Guardian

Definitely sad to see Stuttgart’s long, slow spiral to this position. Some really good players have come through that club but, as the article shows, a lot of poor decision delayed the inevitable. Wolfsburg had a poor season but they can bounce back with a couple good moves. I think they could stick with Hecking at least one more year and see what happens.

 

MLS’ six worst big-name signings | FourFourTwo

MLS’ six worst big-name signings | FourFourTwo

I guess we’re giving Frank Lampard some more time before ending up on this list. I think the ranking is a bit skewed. If players like Denilson and John O’Brien barely played a game you think they would be higher but there’s certainly good evidence there that each player is worthy of being on the list.

Ligue 1 2015/16 Round-up – Can Anyone Compete With PSG?

Ligue 1 2015/16 Round-up – Can Anyone Compete With PSG?

I’ve been thinking about whether or not Ligue 1 would be more competitive at the top next season with the expected, and possible, changes at PSG. I guess many could scoff and say no but the author takes a look at what may be. Lyon remain the best bet for neutrals searching for a challenger to cheer on.   Really hoping for a Marseille resurgence.

2015-16 Premier League’s lessons – Leicester could shape seasons to come – ESPN FC

2015-16 Premier League’s lessons – Leicester could shape seasons to come – ESPN FC

It’s been a very interesting Premier League season. I don’t really agree with the title of the article but hey. I think we can all agree the new TV deal will only make things more interesting in the league. The idea that more clubs will rely less on managers and more on a club structure is a good point as well. Some good points throughout this piece.