After an all-German Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund was won by Bayern, people began speculating that maybe the Bundesliga had taken over the Premier League.
After an amazing 2011-2012 Premier League campaign it seemed almost impossible for any league to over-take the English top flight. However there are many factors that the Bundesliga excels in, whilst the Premier League may not hit the same level.
The 2012-2013 Champions League was won by German champions (and probably the best team in the world), Bayern Munich, and the runners up were Dortmund. Whilst no English team made the quarter finals.
Although arguably Manchester United were 'screwed' out of the tournament by a dubious referee decision and Arsenal came within inches of beating eventual champions Bayern Munich, losing on away goals. However, Bundesliga's 4th place team Schalke got as far as English champions Manchester United and Arsenal, while former Champions League winners Chelsea didn't even make it through the group, and at-the-time Premier League Champions Manchester City also failed to make the knockout.
German clubs such as Hamburg, Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen and Stuttgart weren't even in the Champions League, which shows the depth in the league. Whereas the Premier League had Liverpool and Tottenham uninvolved.
The amount of big clubs in the Bundesliga is due to the competitiveness of the league, it doesn't take stupid amounts of money to compete in the Bundesliga as the only teams to have broken into the title scene in the Premier League are Manchester City, Chelsea and Blackburn, all of which had/have a lot of money at their disposal.
It still takes money to compete in the Bundesliga, hence why Bayern Munich have dominated the Bundesliga with a record 22 league titles from 50 seasons. But recently Dortmund proved that money isn't everything - their starting eleven in the Champions League final came up to less than the money they received for Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich.
Home Grown Talent
A massive reason why the Bundesliga doesn't take as much money is because home grown talent is considered very valuable. And it's probably why Germany have consistently had a very good squad for the past 50 years, whereas countries like Spain, Argentina, England, Brazil, Holland and France come and go on the international scene.
This is because for so long youth has been given the chance, and Dortmund are again a prime example. Premier League clubs on the other hand seem obsessed with signing foreign stars, although home grown talent is becoming a bigger issue within the Premier League as UEFA and the FA have stressed importance bringing in home grown rules into the Champions League and Premier League.
It has to be suggested that with the Financial Fair Play rules coming in, the Bundesliga will be least affected.
Fans and Stadiums
The Bundesliga has only two stadiums under the 30,000 maximum attendance mark, the Premier League has six.
Basically every club in the Bundesliga has amazing fans, Dortmund have arguably the best fans in Europe besides maybe the Turkish giants.
The fans in Germany are rarely violent but are always full of passion. The Bundesliga's stadium level were helped by the World Cup in 2006, but that doesn't take away from the fact that massive stadiums are packed week-in week-out, whereas the Emirates and Stadium of Light rarely sell out for Premier League matches.
Regarding worldwide exposure the Premier League is way ahead of any other sporting spectacle besides maybe the World Cup and the Olympics.
However the Bundesliga is one of the biggest leagues in the world, third, after La Liga which is only there because of clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid - the exposure of smaller teams in Germany doubles that in Spain.
Again I must mention Borussia Dortmund because they are quickly becoming one of the world's favourite clubs - shirt sales over the past two years have increased by about ten times worldwide.
I think it's clear for everyone to see the Premier League is the most popular league in the world, however the Bundesliga for me is close second.
Other great leagues for me are Liga Portuguesa, Serie A and the Turkish Super Lig. Personally I can't watch La Liga due to how boring and slow paced it is, although highlights are fine.
The best league is really based on opinion - for me I enjoy the Bundesliga more as a neutral football fan, but I couldn't live without the Premier League.
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