In supposed football-loving nations such as Italy, Spain and Germany, you would expect all of the leagues to be well attended rather than just the top respective divisions.

However, that is not the case as statistics show England's love for football is far more widespread.

There is a strong appetite for football at all levels right the way down to non-league, beyond the fifth tier and there are some games that get crowds of over 1000.

The German Bundesliga has the highest average attendance in world football but that's as far as it goes.

England's second tier - The Championship - is by far and away the highest attended of the other countries.

Germany's Bundesliga 2 follows behind with a relatively healthy average of over 17,000.

However, second tiers in Spain and Italy both have an average of under 10,000, Italy's Serie B is as low as 5,000.

In comparison, the fifth English tier is only just behind with 2,500.

Poverty and a lack of interest are really hampering the levels and quality of participation over Europe.

In domestic cup competitions on the continent there is rarely a big upset like we become so accustomed to in England.

Bradford City's amazing cup run would be a completely alien concept in another country due to the power of the top leagues.

On the flip side, it makes a mockery of the fact that on the international stage England are lacking well behind their European rivals despite the more widespread participation. 

It begs the question though - is there really that much of a difference in quality between a side like Dartford in the English Conference and Mallorca in the Segunda?

It could be a great pre-season initiative to see how Europe's lower league's compare...

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