What is the best soccer league in the world? part I
After the World Cup fever, They have already begun major European football leagues, continent where no doubt the looks of us are focused fans (and press), that is where the most powerful clubs, the most spectacular players, bright and popular, and larger amounts of money circulating, although it is not easy to classify, because I like almost everything in life, enter personal sympathies, prejudices, phobias, myth, etc. Already said Argentine coach Cesar Luis Menotti: “(In Argentina) Assistance is lost as Europe recovers the footballing public ".
I would summarize the deck of options 5 tournaments: La Liga (Spain), Bundesliga (Germany), League 1 (France), Premier League (England) and Serie A Tim (Italy). Thus, I doubt arises: What is the best championship in the world? For the European Football Union (UEFA), according to their coefficient (tabulator, let say), the order is as follows: 1) Spain; 2) England; 3) Germany; 4) Italy; 5) France. Although the English Premier League was considered in 2010 by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics FIFA as the strongest league in the first decade of the century in Europe, above the Spanish and Italian home tournaments. (Note that this classification does not appear Teutonic Bundesliga).
In my personal opinion, This would also be my rating. But nevertheless, this can be subjective, because we can be carried away by the popularity that give each tournament figures playing in it. And today, for today, the maximum cracks are rightly called the League of the Stars. And though 2 Furia Roja concerning the world champion and Europe 2 occasions (Xabi Alonso and Cesc Fabregas) They left their country to go to Germany and England, respectively, No doubt that the BBA League continues to dominate, because among other arguments in favor, features performances of whom no doubt the best players of the world today: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo. (Real Madrid).
further, remember that the 8 teams that reached the quarterfinals in the Champions League 2013-14, 3 They were Spaniards ... and one of them was the one who finally lifted the "Orejona"; Likewise, 2 German squads, 2 English and French.. But if we enter the field to take into account other criteria, as corporate structure and financial management, -and perhaps our classification of the same UEFA- suffer a beat.
Because we must not forget that a vital "accomplice" Football is the powerful knight Don Money, via television. financially speaking, jUST 2 years (in 2012), debt of Hispanic professional clubs with the Treasury amounted to 752 millions of euros, According to the Government; apart, leaders estimated that the upward trend in the debt completed around the year 2020.
For some years, First Division is called in the media the League of Stars. After the appearance of private television in Spain, clubs greatly increased their income thanks to succulent indentures games on TV. This allowed them to hire many of the best players in the world, although historically already they came doing somehow.
Close around, In England, Premier League operates as a company and is owned by the 20 clubs that conform. Each club is a shareholder, and therefore each have one vote on issues related to rule changes and contracts. The clubs elect a president, a director and a board of directors which together are dedicated to overseeing the daily operations of the league.
In an authentically British economic and commercial model because the television input does not "play" as judge and jury (as in Mexico, where policies and are unthinkable, why 2 companies are those that impose conditions regarding amounts payable and tee times, and they are also owners of equipment), English adapted the schedules of their weekly day of football to other countries to earn higher incomes by marketing rights.
And is that beyond, contracts from sponsors and broadcast rights, a portion goes directly to generate more infrastructure and thus increase its commercial value. In Mexico, repeat Example, few, not to say none- clubs are investing to improve their training facilities or directly in their stadiums.
In the season 2013-14, in Spain television revenues were the 22% for big clubs and now there are voices (as president of Real Madrid. Florentino Perez), They are calling for change and approve the schedule of matches, as does the Premier League, to be tuned in continents like America and Asia, where there is expectation clubs such as meringues and Barcelona, and in general for the players who play in the BBVA.
But apart, Real Madrid and Barcelona charge a 140 million euros per season from the televisioras, but by far exceeding what he perceives reigning champion, Atletico Madrid, what, like the Valencia, He pocketed a 42 million annually. Sevilla and Villarreal receive almost half these two (25 Y 24 millions, respectively), a total of 12 -the mid-table teams to below- charge only between 12 Y 14 millions; that is to say, a 10% what they charge Meringues and azulgranas. What is the difference in the business model of the English and Spanish leagues?, What other championship it has a competitive scheme that makes self-sufficient and benefit all its members? I will tell you in the next installment ...