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Stat Attack: What is the best league in Europe?

are City champions of Europe's best league? (©GettyImages)
are City champions of Europe's best league? (©GettyImages).

After one of the most frantic and dramatic seasons across Europe there are just a couple of weeks to relax before Euro 2012 gets underway and football once more takes up most of your free time.

England had the drama of Manchester City’s two late goals to seal their first title in 44 years while La Liga was forced to bow to Real Madrid as the new kings of Spanish football after three years of Barcelona dominance.

In Ligue 1 Montpellier became champions for the first time in their history, holding off Paris Saint-Germain and their wealthy Qatar owners, as well as former champions Lille.

Borussia Dortmund staved off Bayern Munich’s charge to claim a domestic double in Germany while in Italy, Juventus finished the league season unbeaten to claim their first Scudetto since 2003.

With so much drama happening across the continent this season only one question remains – which league has been the best this season? Draw your own conclusions from the stats below.

Goals scored


1st - Premier League – 1066 (38 games)

2nd - La Liga – 1050 (38 games)

3rd - Serie A – 971 (38 games)

4th - Ligue 1 – 956 (38 games)

5th - Bundesliga – 875 (34 games)

Average goals per game


1st - Premier League – 2.805

2nd - La Liga – 2.763

3rd - Bundesliga – 2.573

4th - Serie A - 2.555

5th - Ligue 1 – 2.515

Goals from open play (% of overall goals)


1st - Premier League – 659 (61.8)

2nd - La Liga – 590 (55.3)

3rd - Ligue 1 – 536 (56.1)

4th - Serie A – 524 (54.0)

5th - Bundesliga - 472 (53.9)

Red Cards


1st - La Liga – 53

2nd - Bundesliga - 58

3rd - Premier League – 64

4th - Serie A – 107

5th - Ligue 1 – 108

Hat-tricks


1st - La Liga - 23

2nd - Premier League – 19

3rd - Bundesliga – 14

4th - Serie A – 13

5th - Ligue 1 – 7

League top scorer


1st - La Liga – Lionel Messi (50)

2nd - Premier League – Robin van Persie (30)

3rd - Bundesliga – Klass-Jan Huntelaar (29)

4th - Serie A - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (28)

5th - Ligue 1 – Nene/Olivier Giroud (21)

Leading assist provider


1st - La Liga – Mesut Ozil (17)

2nd - Ligue 1 - Eden Hazard (16)

3rd - Premier League – David Silva (15)

4th - Serie A – Andrea Pirlo (13)

5th - Bundesliga – Franck Ribery (12)

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