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The top players in the world are ready for another year of soccer, spread throughout several different leagues and countries. The English Premier League is one of the best in the world, as is the German Bundesliga. The Champions League brings together all the top clubs to face off in some of the most competitive soccer on the planet. The World Cup is a time when the top players return to play for their native countries.
There are top clubs throughout Europe which pay handsomely to get the best players for their clubs. They routinely dominate their leagues and then get together in the Champions League. Barcelona will aim to defend its title but the other clubs are also stacked with stars. Traditional powers like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus will aim to knock them off. The MLS and other smaller leagues will hold their championship matches as well throughout 2018 in soccer wagering.
International Soccer Tournaments & Leagues
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
The world will turn its attention to the tiny nation of Qatar this winter. Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, but due to the scorching summer temperatures in the Middle East, this competition has been moved to the winter. That will make for an interesting tournament as it will take place right in the middle of the season for the top domestic leagues in the world.
The 27th season of MLS soccer will take place in 2022 with a total of 28 teams competing for the MLS Cup. The league added their 28th team, Charlotte FC for the 2022 season. The addition of Charlotte evens things out in terms of Conferences, as there are now 14 teams in the East and 14 in the West. The regular season began on February 26, 2022 and it will conclude with the MLS Cup Final on October 9, 2022. New York City FC is the defending champion, as they defeated the Portland Timbers in the 2021 MLS Cup. The top team in terms of regular season record from a year ago was the New England Revolution, as they won the Supporters’ Shield. The 2022 MLS season will see each team play 34 regular season matches, 17 home and 17 away. Each team will play all of their Conference opponents twice, home and away and they will also play eight games against the opposing Conference against eight different opponents.
UEFA Champions League
It’s very likely that the Champions Leage winner will come from either England or Spain. Three English clubs and three Spanish clubs have made it to the quarterfinals of the 2021-22 Champions League. Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City all cruised relatively speaking, while Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Villarreal all pulled off upsets to make it this far. France and Italy don’t have any teams in the knockout rounds now that Lille, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and Inter Milan have been sent packing, and the two other clubs to reach this point are Germany’s Bayern Munich and Portugal’s Benfica.
UEFA Europa League
The recent juggernaut of the Europa League has been eliminated. Sevilla has won the Europa League six times in the last 16 years, claiming the crown in 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2020. They were considered one of the favorites alongside Barcelona and Red Bull Leipzig to win this competition once again this year, but they were dispatched by West Ham in London on Thursday evening. Andriy Yarmolenko found the back of the net in the 112th minute to put the Hammers on top, and the home crowd went into delight when the final whistle sounded.
English Premier League
The English Premier League just finished its 30th season, and it is more popular internationally than ever. While there was a lot of grumbling when six clubs engineered the Premier League’s breakaway from the English FA, that move ended up making English soccer more popular than ever. It has helped maintain some parity in the Premier League too, unlike the other four major leagues that are dominated by one or two clubs. All six teams that qualified for European play can conceivably win the Premier League, but Manchester City and Liverpool are the two favorites.
Spanish La Liga
Throughout its history, La Liga has been top heavy. Five clubs have combined to win 86 of the 91 league titles awarded since its inception with Real Madrid and Barcelona leading the way with a combined 61 championships. Atletico Madrid (11 titles), Athletic Bilbao (8 titles), and Valencia (6 titles) have all had moderate success over the years too, while four clubs combined to win the other five titles. The oddsmakers expect this league to be top heavy once again in 2022-23, as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid are once again the favorites.
Death, taxes, and Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga. At this point, it feels like you can’t make Bayern Munich a large enough favorite to top the table in Germany. They are -650 favorites heading into the 2022-23 season after winning the Bundesliga for the 10th straight season a few months ago. Bayern Munich lost elite goal scorer Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona this offseason, yet they still have vastly more resources and talent than anyone else in the Bundesliga.
Italian Serie A
There are three giants in Italian football. Juventus, Inter Milan, and AC Milan have combined to win 74 top-flight championships. Juventus nearly has as many titles as the other two Milan clubs combined but Inter Milan and AC Milan have won the last two championships. Those three teams have teamed up to win every scudetto since 2001, yet teams like Atalanta and Napoli have made challenges to their supremacy in recent years.
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