Which European Football Leagues Outside the Top-Three are Worth Watching?
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.
Belgian Pro League is extremely interesting due to its competition rules. Sixteen teams play in it, and after they have played 30 rounds, the Championship play-off begins with another ten rounds for top six teams. The trick is that points are halved before entering the play-off, which can give a dramatic turnaround and make it one of the most exciting European football leagues. Gent used this format to win the title for the first time in its history, and we will see if Anderlecht can manage to return the title in the current season.
Portuguese league presents a battle between Porto, Benfica and Sporting, which is often solved in the last rounds, Russian and Turkish league are pretty unpredictable, and some great football is also played in Ukraine, Switzerland and Romania. You simply need to choose your favorite which of the European football leagues you like to watch and enjoy.