Premier League - Why it's still the world's best

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It's an age old question among football fans across the world - which league is the best?

In the 1990's Italy's Serie A had a firm grip on that title, but the turn of the milennium saw England's Premier League take the crown before Spain's La Liga tried to wrestle it away with their all conquering national team and the mighty Barcelona.

Over the last two years, Borussia Dortmund's re-emergence and Bayern Munich being crowned European Champions has argued the case for the Bundesliga while the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco plead the case for Ligue 1 in the form of their giant cheque books.

However, here at GiveMeSport, we want to establish the Premier League at the head of the table, and here's our case.

1. Star Players

Ok, so the world's two best players; Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi may ply their trade in Spain, but the Premier League has a wealth of talent, with top players from across the globe still flocking to these shores.

The summer of 2013 saw Mesut Ozil and Alvaro Negredo swap La Liga for the Premier League, while Christian Eriksen and Willian spurned offers from across the globe to join Tottenham and Chelsea respectively.

There weren't too many departures either, as Liverpool held on to Luis Suarez and Manchester City kept hold of star names like Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.

In Romelulu Lukaku, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Philppe Coutinho and Jack Wilshere the Premier League is home to some of the most talented young footballers around, while established stars like Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Vincent Kompany show no signs of jumping ship.

2. Unpredictability

This season, more than ever, has shown just how unpredictable the Premier League can be, with a series of shock results going all the way back to Aston Villa's 3-1 opening day away win at Arsenal.

Manchester City put four goals past Manchester United in their first big game of the season, scored six in a nine-goal thriller against Arsenal and fired eleven goals with no reply in their two encounters with Tottenham this season, yet they've been beaten by two of the bottom three having lost away at Cardiff and Sunderland.

In the title race only four points separate Chelsea in first and Liverpool in fourth, while reigning champions Manchester United only occupy sixth place thanks to a superior goal difference than seventh-placed Everton.

At the other end of the table, there's only 10 points between 10th placed West Ham and bottom club Fulham, while Swansea - despite sitting in the relatively safe position of 12th - are only four points off the drop zone.

With under a third of the season remaining it seems there are only two teams (Newcastle in 8th and Southampton in 9th) with nothing to play for, while the neutrals will be licking their lips at the countless possibilities at either end of the table.

3. Managers

If you were to conduct a poll of the world's best managers of the last five years, there'd be very few who haven't tested the waters in England.

From the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson's near thirty-year reign at Manchester United to Guus Hiddink's brief spell with Chelsea, the Premier League has been home to some of the best around.

Such is it's appeal, Jose Mourinho, a man who could walk into almost any job in the world, was desperate to return to the league he calls home and his beloved Chelsea.

As well as the experienced heads like Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini, the Premier League is also the stomping ground of some of the brightest young managers in the game, namely Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez.

Oh, and we've got David Moyes...

4. Big Games

Historic derbies, title deciding matches, and blood and thunder local derbies - the Premier League has got it all.

Over recent years it's been the Manchester derby which has decided the outcome of the title race. Before that Chelsea and Manchester United went toe-to-toe for the right to be called the best in the land, while Arsenal have taken part in their fair share of battles on the way to three league titles. including the historic Invincables season of 2003/2004.

Then you have your traditional derbies deviding families for a day between the likes of Liverpool and Everton, historically known as the Friendly derby.

But, not all derbies are quite as welcoming, with their being no love lost between Swanse and Cardiff, Sunderland and Newcastle and Arsenal and Tottenham, in fact, Arsenal even celebrate the day of the season when Tottenham can no longer mathematically catch them in the league.

5. The Fans

Regardless of the players, the managers, the big games, a league would be worthless without spectators, and the Premier League has some of the best.

So far this season, Swansea have the lowest average attendance at 20,328, and although that seems low, it represents a mammoth 98% of their capacity, meaning nearly every single game is a sell-out.

Further up the attendance scale, seven Premier League clubs have an average of above 40,000 this season, with Sunderland averaging an impressive 40,620 despite sitting in 19th placed.

Not only do these fans turn up in numbers, they're passionate about their club too, with 25,000 at Stoke City often sounding like 50,000.

So there we have it, five reasons why the Premier League remains the best in the world, but do you agree?

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