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foreign teams in national leagues

foreign teams in national leagues

It is often associated with the dispute of a league championship a national competition where teams from the same country are waging a battle to determine which one is the best of that state. That is the general rule and the most common perception between football fans. But nevertheless, this is not always the case and many national leagues where there are a number of combined “intruders” belonging to other states.

In line with the possibility that Catalonia could independence from Spain in the not too distant future, and knowing what would happen to the F.C. Barcelona or Espanyol (whether they settle for playing the Catalan league, with rivals like the Sant Andreu, or the Hospitalet Sabadell, or instead would seek to continue contesting the Spanish league), We review some of the most notorious cases of “guests” international in national leagues:

1- Swansea and Cardiff in the Premier League: itself are the same state (UK) but no federation (It distinguishes between English and Welsh). The explanation that these two teams play the top flight of English football and Welsh is not clear: when the Premier League was founded more than 120 years, any team in Britain could play it, but the Football League created in 1992, they had to make the decision to return to their country of origin (Gales), or stay in England. logically, the level of rivals and more attractive to their audience made them stay there as the source of income and impact was much greater. Even, until very recently, Glasgow Rangers and Celtic posed a possible exit from Scotland to play in the Premier.

2- Monaco in Ligue 1: the Monegasque club is registered to the French Football Federation from 1919 and it is common for their competitions to be a small, neighboring Principality of France is seen as unusual for this to happen. But nevertheless, There have been many conflicts between Monaco and Ligue 1. Last summer he was forced to pay 200 million euros or installed on French soil to avoid tax benefits.

Monaco plays in the French league.
Monaco plays in the French league.

3- Andorra in Spain: in Spain plays a team from another Principality, the FC Andorra, team participating in the First Regional Catalan. In his day he became Second Division B. Having a stronger rivals and also generate more revenue makes them contemplate the idea of ​​playing outside Andorra. Unlike, in the Spanish league, the Union Deportiva Bossost Lleida travel every two weeks to France to compete in the league gala. The reason is geographical. It is better connected with France, that Spain itself and since 80 years claims to be the only Spanish side to play abroad.

4-Liechtenstein and Suiza. In this tiny state in central Europe there is no league and its teams must play in Switzerland. Among them, It highlights the FC Vaduz competing in the Swiss Challenge League, second division. The Vaduz became 2008 the first central European principality club to reach the top flight of Swiss football. However Liechtenstein clubs compete in the Swiss league country under certain conditions, between them, the they can not be champions league but end up first. Can you imagine being first to Barcelona and not winning the title?

5- San Marino Calcio in the Italian league. Another powerful league that has not only Italian teams. San Marino Calcio represents the small state of San Marino and competes in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione. Again, looking for competitiveness and a pattern repeated. Tiny state seeks large country.

6- Canadian teams in Major League Soccer. As he does basketball in the NBA, Major League Soccer United States welcomes Canadian teams like Toronto FC, los Montreal Impact o los Vancouver Whitecaps. all, seeking to compete with better sets than you would in Canada.

Toronto FC is one of the three teams playing in the US Major League.
Toronto FC is one of the three teams playing in the US Major League.

Six reported cases that could be extended to the Bundesliga, Where, in 1941 Rapid Vienna Austrian exploiting the annexation of Austria with Germany or with multiple existing projects for the future prevailed. Among which is included, the creation of a joint Balkan League (and there but parallel to national competition), the creation of one superliga of former Soviet republics or possible Beneliga or without going further, junctures the last two of which we have spoken in flown for football.

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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