Everybody knows that the most popular football leagues are English Premier League, Spanish Primera Division, and Italian Serie A. However, a lot of quality football is played across Europe, and many other leagues also deserve the attention of viewers.
French Ligue 1 is among high-quality European football leagues, primarily because of Paris Saint-Germain, a dominating force, and the consecutive champion in the last three years. The money that new owners brought enabled PSG to become a force to be reckoned with in France, but also a team that can play against any European side (for example, they eliminated Chelsea in the Champions League last year). Marseille, Monaco, and Lyon are some of the sides that can try to stop Laurent Blanc’s team on the way to success.
Another of the European football leagues you should check out is Eredivisie, the top competition in the Netherlands. PSV Eindhoven is the defending champion and they are expected to lead a big battle with the team that has one most titles in history, Ajax. The German Bundesliga might be another domination spell for Bayern this season, but German teams are famous for their offensive football, and Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, and Borussia Moenchengladbach will certainly show some great games.
This list must be started with Gianluigi Buffon, Italian goalkeeper legend whose current years don’t stop him to guard Juventus’ goal, and he does it brilliantly. There are some other great goalkeepers in Serie A, like Semir Handanovic, Jose Reina, and Diego Lopez, and it is surely not easy for the attackers to score goals when these guys are standing on their way.
Italian football league used to be arguably the finest football league in Europe, and Serie A is on a good way to get back on that track in the last few years. Juventus is the team that dominates the league, they have won the last four titles, which took them to a total of 31 championships they have won, and they don’t intend to stop there.
Goalkeepers from South America are on top here, Claudio Bravo of Barcelona and Keylor Navas of Real Madrid dominate, and one European has joined them – Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid is showing some exceptional skills on goal.
Spanish Primera Division is commonly known as La Liga and it is a competition played for almost ninety years, as it was founded in 1929. Real Madrid is the team that has the most titles in the history of the competition (32), but it also has a tough task for this season – to beat their arch rivals Barcelona, who are the current La Liga holders.
When it comes to best players of EPL in this season, we want to start with David de Gea, Manchester United’s goalkeeper, who has kept a clean sheet in some very tough games. Also, check Joe Hart of Manchester City, Hugo Lloris of Tottenham and Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester’s goalkeeper, an important asset to the team which might end up as the biggest surprise of the Premier League.
Nacho Monreal of Arsenal proved to be a great left back, excellent in defense and a big threat in the offense, as well as during the set pieces. One of other best players of EPL when it comes to defenders is Laurent Koscielny, who has been in charge of Arsenal defensive line for years now. Apart from that, he has great jumping and heading skills which can be useful for free kicks and corners.
Make sure to check out Mesut Ozil, who is playing at his best again after struggling during last season. Arsenal’s midfielder is among the best players of EPL, as well as Nemanja Matic, young Chelsea midfielder who has developed into a true all-around player. Matic is brilliant in stopping the opponent’s attacks, as well as participating in the offense of his own team.
Young Tottenham forward Harry Kane is definitely the one to watch, but you shouldn’t forget talented Romelu Lukaku of Everton, as well as brilliant Olivier Giroud of Arsenal and Sergio Aguero of Man City. Experienced Wayne Rooney is a big threat for goalkeepers for over a decade.
Arsen Wenger has been at Arsenal for almost 20 years and knows the way his team breathes. Although there are some doubters when it comes to his transfer policy, no doubt he’s pulling the best out of his team on the pitch. Claudio Ranieri of Leicester is another experienced coach who knows his way around how to prepare tactics for important games.
Defenders are among the best players of EPL in the captain category. Chelsea believes John Terry, Manchester City chose Vincent Kompany, and Everton’s center back Phil Jagielka is a reliable player for years.
The English Premier League is one of the most popular football leagues in the world. It was founded in 1992 and this is its 24th season, so it is a relatively young competition which has earned big reputation. A total of 20 clubs participate in total of 38 rounds played during the season, and in the current season, the battle for the title is expected to be very exciting until the last minute.
The 2013–14 Bundesliga was 51st season of the Bundesliga, Germany’s leading football league. The season started on 9 August 2013 plus the final match day was on 10th May 2014. The winter break began on 23rd December 2013 plus ended on 24 January 2014. Bayern Munich was the defending champs. Bayern authoritatively clinched the competition on 25 March 2014 afterward defeating Hertha BSC, on 27th match day of the season. This breaks their preceding record from previous season, wherever Bayern settled the Bundesliga on match day 28.
A whole of 18 teams were contesting the league, counting 15 edges from the 2012–13 season plus two sides promoted straight from the2012–13 2. Fortuna Düsseldorf plus Greuther Fürth were referred from the Bundesliga afterward a single season plus were substituted by Hertha Berlin, 2. Bundesliga champs and second place Eintracht Braunschweig. Hertha made an instant return to the topmost level, but Eintracht prepared their first arrival after 28 years in second and third levels. The final contestant was determined in the two-legged contest, in which 16th positioned Bundesliga sideways TSG 1899 Hoffenheim beaten 1.
Afterward the first round of games, Hertha BSC was in first position and Eintracht Frankfurt was in the 18th place. Afterward 17 rounds, the season extended its halfway mark. Bayern Munich was in first place seven points in front of second place Bayer Leverkusen. FC Nürnberg plus Eintracht Braunschweig were in the involuntary relegation spots with 11 points respectively. Bayern Munich settled their 24th contest afterward the 27th round of matches while they led second position Borussia Dortmund through 25 points. The final games of the season were played on 10th May 2014 A 1–4 loss to Schalke 04 established relegation for Nürnberg on final day of the season. Eintracht Braunschweig was relegated afterward a 1–3 defeat to 1899 Hoffenheim on final day. In spite of losing 2–3 to FSV Mainz 05 on final day, Hamburger SV still have a chance of residual in the Bundesliga while they face SpVgg Greuther Fürth in the downgrade play-offs.
Mainz would be competing in 2014–15 UEFA Europa League 3rd qualifying round because of their win over Hamburg. Bundesliga champs Bayern Munich, second place Borussia Dortmund, plus third placed Schalke 04 would all enter the 2014–15 UEFA Champions’ League group phase. Bayer Leverksuen, who completed in fourth place, would enter the 2014–15 UEFA Champs League play-offs round.
The first leg of the downgrade play-offs among 16th placed Hamburg plus Greuther Fürth whoever placed 3rd in the 2. Bundesliga was played on 15th May. It completed as a goalless draw. The 2nd leg was played on 18 May. Greuther Fürth presented Hamburg in the 2nd leg of the game. Pierre-Michel Lasogga recorded the first goal of the game to give Hamburg a 1–0 lead. Stephan Fürstner recorded for Fürth to create the score 1–1. The collective score over the 2 legs was 1–1. Hamburg continued in the Bundesliga because of the away goals regulation.