For many years, England's Premier League has been seen as the gold standard for domestic football, with it's exciting players, constant drama and top notch teams.
However, in recent seasons, there has been a notable fall in the quality of English football, and now many viewers are looking elsewhere to see their exciting, fast-paced game, and most have opted for Germany.
The Bundesliga has only been able to progress due to the fact that there have been no foreign billionaires buying up mid table clubs and turning them into transfer giants (an obvious example of this would be Manchester City), this has allowed clubs to progress within their means, and not too fall into huge debt when the money eventually disappears.
Most Bundesliga clubs all have the same majority owner, their fans. This is due to the a rule put in place by the German Federation, called the 50+1 law, which means that the supporters all own a majority stake in their respective clubs, helping the clubs avoid the economic instability that plagues most teams in England.
The Premier League was once the greatest league in world, but now financial greed and a huge influx of cash has turned the beautiful game in England sour. Tickets for games in England cost far more than the ones in Germany, big sponsors are beginning to turn away, and the top teams are struggling in the Champions League (with the exception of Chelsea, who somehow managed to lift the trophy last year). The FA needs to put in place stricter financial sanctions concerning transfers, and I believe they should use the Bundesliga as a model.
German football is on the rise, both at domestic and international level, with teams like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund tipped to go far in this years Champions League and the national team boasting a roster full of young exciting players, the future looks bright. It's time everyone else caught up.
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