Most Entertaining Leagues in World Football (Part 5)

9. Portuguese Primeira Liga

Generally considered one among the eu leagues just outside the standard top five, Portugal’s Primeira Liga ranks at No. 9 worldwide with a 5.1 rating overall.

Portugal’s league was reasonably middle of the road across the board, but they scored well on youth reputation and highest value XI of the division.

The weakest area was goals per game; viewers can expect just 2.3 on the average within the Portuguese top flight.

8. Major League Soccer

The United States’ main league—certainly with the foremost growth and overseas interest—is major league Soccer.

Annual improvement and expansion mean MLS will only continue to gain in popularity and approval, and a 5.3 rating is already good enough for eighth place. How quickly the league as a whole progresses will depend on the types of player brought in, how well the expansion teams fare and the marketing of the organisation.

It should be noted that MLS scored fine on attendances, better than the likes of the Portuguese, Dutch, French or Japanese leagues.

7. Chinese Super League

No prizes for guessing where the big scores came from to push the Chinese Super League into the top 10.

China’s top league gained a 5.5 overall rating; terrible scores on youth development and therefore the number of traditional big clubs who go head-to-head with one another were over offset by a high-value XI, their most costly signings and the way newsworthy the league has become.

In fairness, the CSL also scores well in attendances, with their lowest-ranked team by average attendance attracting considerably higher numbers than the bottom teams from Italy, Spain, Brazil or Russia.

6. Dutch Eredivisie

Just outside the top five, the Dutch Eredivisie has always been extremely watchable to the casual observer in a detached sort of way—at least when the big teams are involved and the rivalry is obvious.

A 6.1 score was more than respectable, comfortably ahead of rival European leagues, thanks to areas of high excitement such as youth production and goals per game—just over three per game, if you fancy tuning in.

On the downside, a coffee number of established stars and not really being a league that captures the attention of the world media goes against it

Most Entertaining Leagues in World of Football (Part 1)

There’s common debate over which leagues are the best to follow or have the best players in them—or even which are the most competitive and diverse in terms of which players can challenge for honours.

However, it’s often based on personal preference, so what about a mathematically ordered breakdown, an amalgamation of factors to find out exactly which league is the most exciting overall?

In this article, we look at a total of 26 top-flight leagues around the world of football in present day.

Criteria and Ranking

While several second-tier competitions can be classed as good quality or impressive, they lack the absolute edge of excitement that is found only at the pinnacle of each nation’s league system. For that reason, only top flights were included.

One or two areas of the criteria used are subjective, including the newsworthiness of each league and their reputation for producing exciting young players, but much of it is drawn from factual data.

The highest transfer fees, average goals in each game in the league, highest value XI by market value and attendances are all taken into account.

Each league will be scored from 1 to 10 in each area, with the highest or best in each area got a 10; for example, the Swiss Super League averages 3.5 goals per game, higher than any other league, so it got a 10. Every other league got nine or lower according to how many fewer goals they had compared to the one got 10.

The scores for each area are then sum up and divided in average, giving a final average score across the board for each league with which they can be ranked accordingly.

26th: Egyptian Premier League, 2.0

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25th: Indian Super League, 2.3

24th: Super League Greece, 2.3

23rd: Qatar Stars League, 2.4

22nd: Arabian Gulf League, 2.6

21st: Australian A-League, 2.6

20th: Polish Ekstraklasa, 2.8

19th: Scottish Premier League, 3.1

18th: Argentinian Primera Division, 3.1

17th: Japanese J1 League, 3.5

16th: Turkish SuperLig, 3.6

15th: Ukrainian Premier League, 3.8

14th: Russian Premier League, 3.9

13th: Swiss Super League, 4.1

12th: Belgian Jupiler Pro, 4.3

11th: Mexican Liga MX, 4.6

10. Brasileiro Serie A

Best African football teams right now (Part 3)

Uganda

The Cranes continue to fly high. Although their run in Egypt ended in the Round of 16, the Ugandans left a good overall impression.

They produced some pleasing football, especially against the DRC (2-0) in the first round. Uganda also hosted and won the CECAFA Cup – Africa’s oldest football tournament – this year.

Ivory Coast

Côte d’Ivoire’s Serge Wilfried Kanon heads the ball.

The Elephants have clearly lost some of their shine, after a stunning loss to Ethiopia (1-2), and barely scraping a win against Niger (1-0) in their 2021 AFCON qualification round. 

They reached the 2019 AFCON quarter-finals, losing only on penalties to Algeria. Their record is good, but close defeats against Ethiopia, Uganda (0-1), Benin (1-2) will be worrying signs for Ivorian coach Ibrahim Kamara.

Morocco

Top of the rankings in 2018, Morocco failed to compete well this year. They were knocked out in the Round of 16 by Benin in the AFCON (1-1, 1-4 in the second round), after winning all three of their first round matches by the same score (1-0).

Morocco’s former coach Hervé Renard will now be leading Saudi Arabia after an amicable termination of his contract. His successor, Vahid Halilhodzic, has had a slow start, although his recent success in Burundi (3-0) is a good sign.

A team with huge potential, Morocco will be setting high objectives for the next year.

Ghana

Ghana’s record in Egypt was not great. They reached the Round of 16, but performed poorly. They’ve already lost two friendlies, but beat South Africa at the start of their campaign to qualify for the 2021 AFCON.

However, the Black Stars have the potential to do much better.

Egypt and Guinea disappoint, Comoros on the rise

Big names in African football failed to make the top of the rankings. Egypt, for example, missed out on the AFCON despite being favourites in the competition. Cameroon have been disappointing fans since their 2017 triumph. Guinea is another notable team that failed to perform after dismissing their Belgian coach Paul Put over corruption allegations.

Best African football teams right now (Part 1)

Nigeria

Gernot Rohr’s relatively young squad led the Super Eagles to third place in the African Cup of Nations after a convincing overall campaign, which included a 2-0 defeat to Madagascar and a consequential semi-final defeat to Algeria (1-2). 

Nigeria, who claimed a satisfying win against their neighbours, Cameroon (3-2) in the Round of 16, will be comforted by the good results at the start of the new season. They’ve registered draws against Ukraine and Brazil, and victories over Benin and Lesotho.

The Nigerian Football Federation still owes a lot of money to Rohr, who may not see through his contract which ends in June.

Madagascar

Tunisians will dispute this choice after finishing in fourth place at the AFCON. They eliminated Madagascar in the quarter-finals (3-0), but the Barea put on a stunning display with their attacking football.

They beat Nigeria (2-0) and Burundi (1-0), while drawing against Guinea (2-2) in AFCON’s first round. In the Round of 16, Madagascar drew against DR Congo (2-2) before winning on penalties (4-2).

Their two victories against Ethiopia (1-0) and Niger (6-2) in Niamey in November have paved the way for a second consecutive qualification for a team that’s long been accustomed to anonymity.

Tunisia

Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri in a duel with Madagascar’s Thomas Fontaine in Cairo on 11 July 2019.

The Carthage Eagles placed fourth in the AFCON – their best performance since 2004. A rocky season for the team led to the departure of Alain Giresse in August.

In Egypt, they came close to an early exit in the first round after some poor performances. They also lost to Senegal (0-1) in the semi-finals. Tunisia claimed six points towards their 2021 AFCON qualification, sweeping aside Libya (4-1).

Benin

The Squirrels have never made it past the first round of the AFCON until this year. Their modest squad drew three times in the first round, including against Ghana (2-2), Cameroon (0-0) and Guinea-Bissau (0-0).

Benin surprised many by eliminating Morocco in their qualifying match but their adventure ended against Senegal (0-1).

Benin left the competition looking like a disciplined and well-organised team.

Best African football teams Right now (Part 1)

Algeria is the best football team on the African continent, after winning the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosted in Egypt. The Desert Foxes defeated Morocco at the top of the rankings, ahead of Nigeria, Tunisia, Senegal, and Madagascar.

1. Algeria

Algeria won the top prize in African football for the second time in their history. They were skillful, calm, powerful, and highly technical on the pitch. During the 2019 AFCON, Djamel Belmadi’s side turned from being outsiders to the competition’s favourites.

A perfectly negotiated first round found them win their three matches. The Desert Foxes went on to achieve a 2-1 win over Nigeria in the semi-final thanks to a late, yet fascinating goal from Mahrez, before defeating Senegal (1-0) in the final.

The team continues to perform outstanding, defeating Colombia (3-0) in a friendly manner. In the qualifying matches for the 2021 AFCON, Algeria got two wins in their group.

2. Senegal

Senegal’s Moussa Wague was in a duel with Algeria’s Mohamed Belaili in the group stage of the AFCON 2019 in Cairo. 

Senegal’s great misfortune was due to Algeria. They were defeated by Algeria (1-0) in both the first and final round of the 2019 AFCON in Cairo. They won a total of five matches in the competition. The Lions did everything right but unable to win their first AFCON.

In their qualifying round for the AFCON in 2021, the Lions defeated Congo (2-0) and Eswatini (4-1). In friendly matches, they got their prestigious wins over Nigeria (1-0) and managed a draw against Brazil (1-1).
On paper, Aliou Cisse’s squad seems to be the best in Africa. His managers, Mane (27 years old) and Koulibaly (28 years old) are young and enthusiastic. They’ll be looking into the future with a great deal of hope and hunger.

Most Entertaining Leagues in World Football (Part 1)

Brasileiro Serie A
Brazil’s national league comes in 10th place with a ranking of 4.8.
The big strength for Serie A is a fantastic reputation for nurturing huge quantities of talented young players, many of whom go on to become expensive players of European clubs, generating funds to continue producing the next batch of young players in the process.
Low attendances and an extremely low average number of goals scored per game are the minus point here.

Portuguese Primeira Liga
Generally recognized as one of the European leagues just outside the remarkable top five, Portugal’s Primeira Liga came in No. 9 worldwide with a 5.1 rating overall.
Portugal’s top flight was reasonably perform at middle level in our various categories, but they scored well on youth reputation and highest value XI of the division.
The downside area was number of goals per game; viewers can expect just 2.5 on average in the Portuguese top flight.

Major League Soccer
The United States’ main league—certainly with the most developed and overseas interest—is Major League Soccer.
Yearly improvement and expansion mean MLS will only continue to gain more popularity and approval, and a 5.5 rating is already good enough for eighth place. How rapid the league as a whole progresses will depend on the types of player that the clubs invested in, how much the expansion teams budget and the marketing of the organisation.
It should be noted that MLS get very well on attendances, better than the similar level league in Portuguese, Dutch, French or Japanese.

Chinese Super League
Chinese Super League came into the top 10 with a 5.6 overall rating; terrible scores on youth development and the number of traditional big clubs who compete head-to-head with each other were more than offset by a high-value XI, their most expensive contract and how newsworthy the league has become.

In fairness, the CSL also scores well in number of attendances, with their lowest-ranked team by average attendance attracting considerably higher numbers than the lowest league from Italy, Spain, Brazil or Russia.

The Most Entertaining Leagues in World Football (Part 1)

There are many debates over which leagues are the best to follow or have the best players compete—or even which are the most competitive and cultural diverse in terms of who can challenge for honours.

However, it’s often rated based on personal preference, so this article will give a mathematically ordered breakdown, an amalgamation of factors to find out exactly which league is the most competitive overall among 26 top-flight leagues around world football to present our definitive ranking.

Criteria and Ranking
While several second-tier competitions can be categorized as good quality or impressive, they lack the absolute element of excitement that is found only at the pinnacle of individual nation’s league system. For that reason, only top flight clubs were included.

A few group of the criteria will be used for subjectivity, including the financial value of each league and their reputation for nurturing exciting young players, but much of it is drawn from factual data.

The biggest transfer fees, average number of goals per game in the league, highest value XI by market value and attendances are all factored taken into account.
Each league was scored from 1 to 10 in each area, with the highest or best in each area received a 10; for example, the Swiss Super League scores averages 3.5 goals per game, higher than any other league, so it scored a 10. Every other league scored nine or lower according to how many less goals they scored on average.

The scores for each group are then totalled and divided, giving a final average score across the board for each league with the position they can be ranked accordingly.

From the 26th to 15th respectively, Egyptian Premier League (2.0), Indian Super League (2.3), Super League Greece (2.3), Qatar Stars League (2.4), Arabian Gulf League (2.6), Australian A-League (2.6), Polish Ekstraklasa (2.8), Scottish Premier League (3.1), Argentinian Primera Division (3.1), Japanese J1 League (3.5), Turkish SuperLig (3.6), Ukrainian Premier League (3.8).

Coronavirus: Real Madrid players and coaches take pay cuts to help out

Real Madrid have officially announced that their players and coaches have agreed to take pay cuts between 10-20% while many matches have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The club say the action has been taken in an effort to eliminate the “traumatic measures that influence the rest of the workers”.

Real’s move follows their rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, whose players, including Lionel Messi have agreed to take a 70% pay cut to help non-playing staff.

A statement on Real’s official website stated that “The players, coaches led by their captains, together with the main executives of the first Real Madrid football and basketball squads, have voluntarily accepted to lower their remuneration by 10 to 20 percent, depending on the circumstances that may impact the closure of this 2019-20 sports season.

This decision, agreed by players, coaches and employees, is an attempt to avoid traumatic measures that impact the rest of the workers, in addition to assisting the entity’s economic objectives in view of the decline in income that it suffers these months as a result of the cancellation of competitions and the paralysis of a large part of its commercial activities.

Competition within La Liga has been suspended since the early of March and league president Javier Tebas has stated that football in Spain is unlikely to resume to its normal speed until the end of May at the earliest.

The country has been in lockdown since March 14 and those measures will remain effectively until at least April 26.

Spanish football journalist Alvaro Montero shared that Barcelona are doing their best to help the club’s non-sport staff continue to fully receive their salary during the coronavirus pandemic.

Real’s statement continued: “Real Madrid is proud of all members of this great family and its unwavering culture of values, which becomes especially valuable in this difficult time.