I have such little interest in watching football nowerdays unless it's one of the top clubs playing. As an Arsenal fan, I'd actually rather watch Barca/Real playing in The League because of the standard of football those teams bring, so I'd have to go for good old Spain (rather than the hipsters choice of Germany and the old school 90's hipsters choice of Italy.)
Technical Play - Spain
Money Generation - England
Quality for Fans - Germany
I think the investment Germany and Spain made a long time ago at grass roots level is now coming to fruition across the board, in there league and national setups. Overall at the min, i would say Germany, but only just ahead of Spain
In 2008, Uefa data showed that England had just 2,769 Uefa (Pro, A or B) licenced coaches compared to 34,970 in Germany, and 23,995 in Spain.
I never liked this question because it depends what you look at. Overall I would say Bundesliga but that includes infrastructure, finances, fan experience, youth teams etc.. (there are some clubs in the EPL without their own training groud for example, Germany has world class facilities).
In terms of competitiveness its the EPL but thats because of the amount of money in that league. But teams like Stoke, West Ham, Sunderland spend a lot of money, much more than midtable clubs in Germany and Spain yet still play like shit
EPL isn't doing a good job for the English national team though. The main focus of the EPL seems to be a global brand rather than trying to help their national team be one of the legit top 5 teams in the world and compete for titles.
I prefer the Bundesliga model, they have established a strong league while at the same time creating great football prospects like a factory.
The current economic situation in Spain hurts their league, especially the lower half of the table. The football played there is good and its not necessarily a "two team league" as teams like Atletico, Valencia, Malaga and Bilbao have shown in the past few years, but beyond these teams they are econimically weak and play in half empty stadiums
Last edited by Hajduk1911 : 05-27-2013 at 07:44 PM.
And another reason why I laugh at England is because Germany did something about a poor tournament performance, and that after one bad tournament. England in recent years have failed to qualify for Euro (2008), embarassed at a World Cup (2010) and were one of the most boring sides and technically useless sides minus the game against Sweden in 2012. The media spew the same "we have to get better, we must invest in youth" nonsense after each tournament but once the EPL returns they get all giddy and start hyping up average players into something they aren't
Germany actually started investing and required all the professional clubs in the country to finance their academies and now you see the rewards. Look at how many teenagers regularly play in that league, something you don't see in the EPL.
I guess it depends on what your priorities are, in Germany the league is used to help the NT, in England its about making the most money possible from the USA, Asia, Middle East