Golden eras of different football leagues

Most leagues have had a period of European dominance and this short article looks at three cases.


During the late 80’s and early 90’s, Italian football was the dominating force in Europe. The league had the very best players in the world, most of them coming from Italy, which meant the clubs could save money as they would promote footballers from within their own academies. While this is not too much of a difficulty for the wealthiest football clubs in the world, there was not as much income in soccer back in the 80’s, therefore home-grown players were necessary to be a successful team. This is something the new AC Milan owner is seeking to do, with young Italian players coming through the ranks, it looks very possible. By encouraging youth players, it opens up funds with which they can buy more pricey individual players, ones which can turn a good club into a great team. Most divisions also require a certain number of local footballers within a squad, so it makes it simpler for the team to meet that requirement.

The current most dominant league is the Spanish division. The leading European competition has been absolutely dominated by Spanish club sides, with all the winners coming from the division in the past 5 years. The most significant dominance has come from the Real Madrid president's team that has claimed the title for the past three years. As the team is the one of the richest clubs in the world it is reasonable that they have been so very effective. With the funds they have, created from the big fan base and the sales of their players. They commonly sign ‘Galacticos’, which are renowned players from around the world that cost a big sum, which help to advertise the team on a international scale. It is suggested that the team is the leading club in the world, and these massive signings are one of the main reasons for this.

The period after 2000 was a mixed time for European leagues, even so England potentially had the best clubs at the time. While the winners of the top European tournament were mixed, the greatest club was probably the club from the north west of England. The American Manchester United owners' manage about the most valuable football teams in the world. It potentially has the most wide-spread fan base of all the European clubs, with followers coming from around the world. The club that was so effective in the early 00’s was managed by probably the finest coach of all time, who could get an average group of players to beat the greatest teams in the world. This is one of the reasons why the team is listed in the top teams of all time. Having a excellent manager is one of the most crucial ingredients to having a successful football team, and this is a prime example of why.

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