The English Premier League has long been the number one choice for the discerning worldwide fan.
Although every passionate fan looks for the special matches in other prestigious leagues, such as 'El Classico', the Premier League can boast a worldwide audience suggested to be around 4.7billion.
This global interest is why the combined domestic and international sales reach a whopping £1.4billion for 2010-13 seasons.
All of these figures suggest that the English league has nothing to fear. That their seat at the top of the footballing world is secure and their status as rightful owners of the home of football was unchallenged. At first glance it would appear that way.
Yet from a purely footballing perspective, the top four English teams have been falling by the wayside in the big European competitions this year.
We face the prospect of falling behind the German and Spanish teams, both of whom still have strong representation in the Champions League.
Figure into this that the very best in footballing talent now lies away from England and the picture of the Premier League’s global dominance seems a little far-fetched.
We must also take in to account the average attendance of the games in each of the top five divisions. Germany’s Bundesliga has an average attendance of 42,630 whilst the Premier League averages nearly 10,000 less with 33,934.
The suggestion may be then, that the Premier League has had its day and it shall soon be German, Spanish and even French football dominating TV screens from Paraguay to the Philippines and everywhere in between.
The problem with that is, that other leagues just do not generate the same excitement as the English league. Although we do have our top teams there is much less domination in the Premier League when compared to the Spanish or German league.
Any team can beat any other in England whereas the dominating teams in Germany and Spain make it too predictable to be enjoyed. We watch football or any sport for its unpredictability and the other top leagues cannot offer the same level of uncertainty as the Premier League.
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