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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
This year’s UEFA European Championships will be a true continental affair. We will see 24 teams taking part in this competition, and there will be 12 different countries that host matches. Defending champions Portugal are looking to follow in the footsteps of Iberian Peninsula counterpart Spain by repeating as winners of this competition, but the Portuguese have been drawn into the Group of Death.
UEFA Champions League
There is no club tournament more prestigious than the Champions League. Domestic glory is great, but the exclusivity of the Champions League makes this the best competition around. In domestic leagues, you can take some games off or rest your stars. There is typically an enormous gap between the haves and the have-nots, so it’s not hard to do this and not get punished. However, the Champions League is where the best of the best in European football play, and you have to constantly be on your ‘A’ game or else you might be eliminated from the tournament.
UEFA Europa League
The Europa League might play second fiddle to the Champions League on the continent, but it is still an important tournament in its own right. The vast majority of clubs and domestic leagues will never be able to seriously compete for Champions League glory. There is a massive disparity in resources between Europe’s behemoths and everyone else, so it’s just not feasible to think that teams from smaller nations can have much success in Europe’s premier tournament. However, the Europa League gives these smaller clubs a chance on a more level playing field, and we have seen some amazing stories and surprising results over the years.
English Premier League
The Premier League has always been one of the top leagues in the world. While England often disappoints in international competitions, there’s no doubt that their domestic league is one of the best. We have seen English teams win the Champions League 13 times, and that’s the second-most of any country behind Spain. Liverpool leads the way with six Champions League titles after defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 Champions League Final, while Manchester United has won the most prestigious competition in Europe three times.
Spanish La Liga
Two clubs have dominated La Liga throughout the league’s history. Real Madrid and Barcelona have combined to win Spain’s top league 60 times, and one of these two teams has finished runner-up on 50 occasions. We saw Real Madrid topple Barcelona to win the league after a strong second half of the season last year, and they are slight favorites over their Catalan rivals entering the 2020-21 La Liga season.
German soccer has been historically dominated by one team. Bayern Munich have won more than half the Bundesliga titles awarded since the league was founded. They are the only German club to win the Champions League more than once, claiming the most prestigious honor in club football five times. This club is currently favored to win its sixth Champions League title against Paris Saint-Germain in Portugal, and a victory would tie them with Liverpool as the team with the third-most wins in this competition.
Italian Serie A
We saw a major shift in Italian football last year. Although Juventus won their ninth straight scudetto, the normally conservative Serie A saw a goal scoring explosion. For the first time since the 1950-51 season, there was an average of more than three goals per match. Atalanta led the way as a team with 98 goals in 38 matches, while Lazio’s Ciro Immobile won the Golden Boot with 36 goals.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That’s been the MLS motto this year, as the regular season was thrown into disarray due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The season came to a screeching halt after just two weeks, but the league has adapted to the changes. The MLS is Back Tournament was held in Orlando over July and August, and the relative success of the competition has led to the MLS making plans to play an abbreviated regular season.
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