January 17th, 2011
05:53 PM ET

Is the English Premier League in crisis?

Has the English Premier League lost its crown as the world's best league?
Has the English Premier League lost its crown as the world's best league?

In my opinion, England's Premier League is in crisis. The top flight division has lost its status as the best league in the world. It has fallen behind Spain and could soon drop below Germany’s Bundesliga as well.

Recently, at the FIFA Ballon D’Or gala, the FIFPro World XI was announced. This dream team was picked by close to 50 thousand professional players. It featured eight players from the Spain's La Liga and three from Italy’s Serie A. Not a single footballer plied his trade in England.

So was it just a bad year for English football? You could say that, but I believe it would be closer to the truth to see it as a chink in the once formidable armor of the league that has called itself the best in the world. An empire could be crumbling.

The fact is that the Premier League has seen its top players lose form and status. Quite simply, some of them are getting old, some aren’t that good anymore while others are just overrated. This competition is still living off the reputation gained in the past and is also benefiting from having a fantastic PR machine behind it, but its gravy-train days could soon be over.

Let me get specific. When you think of the Premier League, what names come to mind? Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba, Cesc Fabregas, Fernando Torres and Carlos Tevez, perhaps? OK, well how many of them are world-class stars right now?

I would say out of that group, Tevez is probably the best player at the moment. Wayne Rooney has scored one goal from open play for Manchester United since March, Torres has looked like a shadow of his former self for the last year, Fabregas hasn’t ever guided Arsenal to any kind of real silverware and continues to struggle with injuries and Drogba’s career seems to be in decline after a few amazing seasons.

A harsh assessment? Perhaps. More worryingly though, who is waiting in their wings? Who will be the next generation of Premier League stars? I don’t see many exciting players coming through and with the exception of Manchester City, which clubs will have the money to out-muscle the Real Madrid, Bayern and Inter Milans of this world in the transfer market?

Before I start talking about other leagues, specifically Spain, I will demystify a stereotype that has been around for a long time. The one that states the best and most exciting attacking football is played in England. This is false. Maybe in the 90s and the early part of the last decade you still saw more goals in the Premier League than anywhere else. However, over the last few seasons that trend has changed and right now England ranks third behind Germany and Spain for the average of goals scored per game.

Goals per game:

GERMANY – 2.79
SPAIN – 2.78
ENGLAND – 2.67
ITALY – 2.36

So, onto Spain. First of all, the league boasts the best team on the planet – Barcelona. I don’t think too many people would disagree with me on that point. They also have the second best team in the world – Real Madrid. These two sides have exceptional talent and are both superbly coached.

As far as star power is concerned, no other league can say they have anyone close to the stature of Messi and Ronaldo. But there are more stars, many of them unheralded. I am not going to sit here and tell you about all of the magnificent players at Barcelona and Real Madrid, but there are so many others in La Liga. Players like Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero, Juan Mata, Ever Banega, Nilmar, Fernando Llorente and many more.

Many of you could be suspicious of the last few players I named and there is one simple reason for that. Marketing. Spain hasn’t marketed its league as well as England have and hasn’t “sold” the image of its teams and players (with the exception of Real and Barca) like the Premier League has. But I issue a challenge. Try to watch more Spanish League games, and not just featuring the top teams.

I guarantee that a match between mid-table teams in Spain will be much better than one in England. It may not be as fast and furious, but it will be of a higher quality and will feature a greater level of skill. Compare an Espanol v Sevilla game to a Sunderland v Everton game. Do it and then tell me what you think. I admit that I would also prefer watching an Atletico v Valencia contest than a Manchester City v Tottenham any day of the week. If one forgets about the hype and focuses on the football, it is no contest.

One final word about the Bundesliga because it could be the most underrated league in Europe. Every time I watch a game from Germany’s top flight I am impressed. Most of the teams are extremely well organized, they play positive football and have some of the most exciting players around at the moment. The nation’s World Cup campaign was a testimony to that. Furthermore, they have had five different champions in the last decade. So it would be fair to say that it is a more competitive tournament than England, Spain or any other top league for that matter.

So here is a word of warning for the Premier League. Watch your back, because your days on the throne could be numbered.

Posted by ,
Filed under:  Football
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Salum

    am 100% agree with you. To me, i noticed it earlier that nowdays i prefer most watching La Liga than Premier

    January 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  2. alehandro

    I can't tell you how much I hate this blog. Its bias is embarrassing. Pedro Pinto towing the party line of FIFA and UEFA, whose leaders, Blatter and Platini, persistently undermine the Premier League out of sheer jealousy of its success and the threat that has posed to their own domination of the game. He also argues in favor of the league where his own personal bias lies. As a Portugese with no top quality league of his own to watch, I'm sure as a boy he naturally went goo-goo eyed over his neighbor, Spain, and can't see past the fact that La Liga is a two team league with a chasm between the top-2 and the rest. Of course La Liga has a better goals per game average than England - Barcelona and Real Madrid score 4 or 5 every other week! As for Italy – goals per game, 2.36, entertainment value per game 0.1.....The Bundesliga, which, significantly, is the most akin to the Premier League in style, might have a shot at being considered as the best, but since Borussia Dortmund currently have a 12 point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table with half the season still to go, there's not a great argument for the depth of the league being comparable to England's is there? And don't get me started on an armchair fan like the writer talking about "the quality of football". Unless one has a UEFA Pro Licence or has played the game to the highest standard, talking about the skill and level of tactics at the top of the game is just pretentious! As a fan or journalist you are no more equipped to dissect a game and appreciate its nuances than you would be able to perform an autopsy just by watching CSI..Fans want entertainment. And what makes great entertainment? True competition, excitement and drama with teams laying it all on the line. And where do you find that most? The Premier League. So to my mind the Premier League should just keep on keeping on and let the jealous stew in their own juice.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  3. bucci

    I enjoy the diversity of football we have in the world today. I really don't like this "best league in the world" argument that the premier league marketed in the last 10 years. My favourites are the competitive and passionate italian serie A, and the proffessional and dynamic german Bundesliga. Although I 100 percent agree with you Pedro, and always enjoy what you have to say, I think this argument has run its course thanks to the english fans.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  4. brian alexander

    Big surprise a Spaniard says that the best league is in Spain! I wouldn't put the ability for me to watch games in any league down to a PR machine, quite frankly I watch the league that provides the best form of pure football. And undoubtably that would be the Premier League. The fact that its not a slow walking pace build up to attack like in Spain, Italy and Portuguese football helps a little bit. I also like that in England they don't call fouls for merely breathing on an opposing player.

    Only a Spaniard could really enjoy the writhing agony of the players in Spain and mainland Europe that love to try to get the opposing players red carded for barely touching them. Enjoy watching your two team league buddy. You soon may be the only one who cares about it. Its fair to say Real or Barca will win that title for the next 25 years.

    Germany had a fair assessment though so keep your head up and try not to fall down so much when you play football with your friends, getting touched isn't a foul. Play like a man, watch the game like one too.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:00 am | Reply
  5. Vincent Owino

    You are taking the easy way Pedro! Madrid as the second best team in the world? Because of Jose and Ronaldo et al.,? After trailing for years with stars and millions of euros spent with nothing to show for, they have a new coach and then they become the second best? Spanish league is about two teams and you know them! Look at the PL, how tight it gets! It is not one two team show! Everyone can beat the other, but we know what happens in Spain! Moreover, though the best in the world, Barca expenditure is astronomical (Ibromovic = Etoo + millions of euros; Villa, Marcherano)! I wish you could carefully examine the leagues properly before you get to a conclusion!

    January 18, 2011 at 12:07 am | Reply
  6. mario

    dont forget that barcelona and madrid are at the top of the richest clubs list....

    January 18, 2011 at 12:11 am | Reply
  7. OVAL

    LIGA PREMIER, ¿YA NO ES LA MEJOR?

    January 18, 2011 at 12:13 am | Reply
  8. w foster

    All leagues go up and down...it might be Spains time now but only because the EPL and the Italian league have had control for the last 10 years. Finances of each team year by year, C Ronaldo goes to Real after a number of years with Manchester. Point to look at ..Reals last Champions league cup win..........Barcelona(messi) is a true WoW team, but how long will they be around for...3 more years?

    January 18, 2011 at 12:33 am | Reply
  9. jamaican socrates

    this is an excellent articles. it captivates the essesnce of what is happening in the world of soccer. truly the england game has long been overrated and i truly believe that the best soccer is played in espana

    January 18, 2011 at 12:35 am | Reply
  10. Hugeman

    What a boring article .....English Premiership still remains the most interesting and most fantastic...
    in spain people only recognise real madrid and barcelona... The writter of this article really disappointed me ..
    there are too many giant teams in England that are running to get to the top to win the premier league.. but in spain,its either barcelona or madrid.. how is that interesting? wanka !

    January 18, 2011 at 12:40 am | Reply
  11. Sam

    I can only disagree with the comment, "the Premier League is in crisis". If we are to look at real facts, over the last several years which league has won the Champions league the most? the Premier League. Also which is the most recognized league in the world, the Premier League. You don't see many fans on the other side of the world wearing Real Madrid and Barcelona shirts! Any British football supporter would tell you the same, that the quality of football in the Premier League is some of the best if not the best in the world and that you can't just base an argument of how the Premier League is in decline on 5 players. In terms of who's waiting in the wings to name only a few, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey. Also to compare leagues on who can "out-muscle" others in-terms of the transfer market is completely wrong, just look at Arsenal who spend on average £15 million a year and look at the team that Wenger has now in 2010/2011, they would give Barcelona a run for their money, without spending £80 million.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:44 am | Reply
  12. Omar

    In England the difference between 1st place and 6th place now is 8 points. In Spain the difference between 2nd and 3rd is 8 points. The fact is that we all know that Barcelona will win the league, with a slight chance of Madrid. The English league is wide open and therefore much more entertaining.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:49 am | Reply
  13. Books

    Not sure I completely agree with the author. Premier league matches are generally more competitive across the board. I think there is more parity between the teams than in Spain where it's Barca/Real and then everybody else. Also, in terms of organization and regulation of the tourneys, La Liga can be a circus at times -just look at the mess over the Jan 2 date and the constant bickering over tv rights. Finally, the one thing that I think kills the teams and players, is the sheer amount and concentration of matches Premier league teams have to play. I think that has more impact on the players than we have been lead to think.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:30 am | Reply
  14. Jan Schöningh

    I am shocked by how poorly the author understands the game of football. To rate a league by the number of players are choosen to a world team...brrr. Spain has 2 competitive teams and lacks any kind of excitement, as I can predict today that in 2018 it will be either Barcelona or Real madrid who will end top of the table.

    I agree the English League is in trouble, but only because it is subsidized by wealthy foreign owners – but that was not even mentioned. Having said that – the Premier League is the most exciting football league in Europe, given the passion, full stadiums, 110% action, overall spectacle.

    Jan

    January 18, 2011 at 1:33 am | Reply
  15. sanjar

    EPL is more interesting than La Liga because of tighter competition. At least 4 teams are in real title race.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:42 am | Reply
  16. Ade

    week in week out the premier league has the best league, problem with the rest is you get half way down the division adn the games are crap. English has many teams that can do anything ontheir day. The excitement is always there. Spain, top 2 end of league

    January 18, 2011 at 1:49 am | Reply
  17. Mac

    Yes, I agree...
    I've been fascinated too how on the rare occasions I see Spanish football on tv (in Thailland) the mid-table teams play with such skill and flair not seen in the mid-table teams of the EPL.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:26 am | Reply
  18. Webster

    Clearly another sport's pundit who has no idea what the hell they're talking about.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:47 am | Reply
  19. manCurious

    I disagree with this blog entry for a number of reasons. I believe the English Premier League is still the pinnacle of world football for the following reasons:

    1. Aside from the fact that there were no EPL players in the FIFPro World XI, I believe that it is still the most COMPETITIVE league. If we look at the players that make up the FIFPro World XI we can see that they come from only 3 clubs; Barcelona, Real Madrid & Inter Milan. If we look further 6 of the 11 are from World Cup winners Spain. I don't disagree with the choice of players in the FIFPro World XI however I don't believe it is a reflection of the standard of the league.

    2. There is now doubt that Real Madrid and Barcelona are the best football clubs in the world at present however I strongly believe these two teams are the only two that would make the top 4 in the English Premier League. This too can be said about the Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A.

    3. The fact that the FIFPro World XI was filled with players from only 3 teams shows the domination of just that, those three teams. Yes, Barcelona and Real Madrid have the best players in the world but what about the rest of La Liga? If we compare it to the EPL where 5th placed Tottenham Hotspurs have world class players such as Modric, Bale, and Van Der Vaart then it is clear to see the depth of the English league.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:48 am | Reply
  20. veero

    The best competition is not judged by star players alone and the quality of matches alone. Overall atmosphere (English stadiums benefit from having the spectators so close to the pitch), camera positioning and angle (for TV viewers), and the pace of the game are also the important factors that made EPL a global leader it is today. Plus EPL has the all important credibility of being an honest competition as compared to Serie A (calciopoly anyone?) or La Liga (half of total TV rights money going only to two clubs).
    I do agree with you that after EPL my favorite league is the uber-underrated Bundesliga. If not for the age old stigma associated with German football (pre-Klinsmann) and the reluctance of TV networks all over the world to air it, I think Bundesliga could be up there as one of the leading leagues in terms of global popularity.
    But the English game will always has its romantic air and the fact that the English language dominates half the world will always be a major challenge for the other leagues to compete. Spanish and Italian clubs may command attention for Champions' League matches, but when it comes to league games, most still favor watching an EPL match.
    I see the threat to EPL coming not from the supposed lack of stars, but rather from the fact that it has become such a global, lucrative brand that it is spending more money to maintain that status than it is actually generating.
    Here's hoping that the coming UEFA Financial Fair Play would be able to keep EPL (and the other top European leagues) floating in black.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:48 am | Reply
  21. Jubril

    go Chelsea the best team in the world

    January 18, 2011 at 2:52 am | Reply
  22. Munya Munos

    SHUT UP PINTO!! We know you adore Spanish soccer & nothing else exists in your world. Crisis in EPL? What crisis???

    January 18, 2011 at 3:11 am | Reply
  23. Gibber63

    What a load of nonsense.

    Petro Pinto...not Spanish by any chance are you Petro.

    The faster play in the EPL is way more exciting than any of the other Euro leagues.

    As far as dream teams go, it always depends on who's picking the teams, no doubt more than a few Spaniards on that selection board.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:50 am | Reply
  24. marcos from Brazil

    The premier league is way overrated nowadays, I totally agree with Pedro on this article, maybe a bit harsh but he has spoken the truth.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:11 am | Reply
  25. Larry

    An excellent piece. Anyone who doesn't watch La Liga is missing real football.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:13 am | Reply
  26. fola

    But Pedro the problem is, while you may claim the mid table teams in Spain are better than the ones in England, haven't all four English teams faired better in Champions league than Spain where only barcelona has made it past the round of 16 in the last three campaigns? also, for the love of the game, how can it indeed be exciting watching la liga when there are only two teams in contention for the title. there's no point watching a barca or real amdrid game for the outcome because u know they will always win their games.the english league offers more excitement with its unpredictability.the top of the league is tight pointwise and the midtable teams are always capable of upsetting the big five in games.spain may have the best two teams in the world but their league certainly offers no excitement whatsoever and for that reason, neither la liga or the german league can dethrone the barclays premier league as the most watched and in the minds of the average foootball watcher, the best league.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:14 am | Reply
  27. KWEKU BOAFO

    For once pedro i agree with u 100%

    January 18, 2011 at 9:23 am | Reply
  28. M Mehdi Shahin

    i like cnn News

    January 18, 2011 at 9:35 am | Reply
  29. Harry

    Due to the amt of money involved, epl players play under a lot of pressure.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:08 am | Reply
  30. Joe Wyatt Jones

    Is this not the single most biased report i have ever read in my life?

    Spain.

    The league is dying ask any Valancia, Sevilla, athelico Madrid fan about la liga and they will tell you that the league is in its worst state ever. Barcelona and Real Madrid are trampeling over the league again socing a stupid amount of goals against there average competition. You talk of Real being the 2nd best team in the world......why? In there one massive game this year they lost 5-0. They beat an awful Milan at home and then scored a last minuete equilizer to draw away. Valancia, Villareal do not compare to englands top 5 teams. You talk of excitement and yet appear to have never been to a match. Is football just about technical ability, or does passion not come into it. Go to premier league game and you will here the roar of supporters throughout the game in spain nothing like this. The small teams fall over to the big teams in england the hatred runs all the way through this makes for a much better spectacle. Take out Barca and real and you have a rotten carcas. Barca are in unimaginable debt and real are run by the king.

    Germany
    Undoubtedly a great exciting league, but it is years behind the prem and dosent have power houses to compete with Bayern spending. Its on FC Hollywood ability to fall over themeselves that allows others the chance. Look at the quality of Dortmund who have some good young players and look how far they are winning the league by. Where would dortmund be in england maybe 6th. The stadiums are full as it costs 10 euro to go to a game which is great but what happens when German clubs try to compete with England, Barca and Real for player wages. Bayern monopolise there maket they sign whatevere German player they want has do Barca and Real is this healthy? Why can nobody compete with them?

    You talk of English clubs bar City being able to compete with Barca, Real, Bayern and Inter financialy. Is that notthe most stupid comment in the world. Inter are in monsterous debt and have revenue streams that look more like Liverpool than one of our major 5 clubs. Bayern are on the same level as Arsenal and Chelsea financially but behind Utd, City and Chelsea with clout in the market due to city and chelsea owners. You mention the team of the year, what weight does that have? Is Puyol one of the top 20 best left back in the world ......absolutely not why was he picked as the best left back in the world. Is Vidic better than Lucio and Pique, by nearlly anyones estimates yes he is. Lest look at young talent in England. The 2 best u21 players by your rubbish awards are both in england. Balotelli and Wilshere. England again have a realistic hope of having 2-3 teams in the champions league semi finals. Your article is groundless then i saw your name at the bottom

    January 18, 2011 at 10:13 am | Reply
  31. Albrecht Carrillo

    The Bundesliga is in my opinion behind the French, English, and Spanish leagues. Spain, with no doubt, is the best league in the world, with teams like Barca, Real, and Sevilla. However, what also makes the spanish league so amaizing is that, every other european team has difficulties beating an "underrated/underdog" team in Spain... with England it's more or less the same, but with less teams which puts them behind Spain. And France, well the french teams are always underrated and to be honest they deserve so, b/c one had there thes past few yrs only 4 top teams, Lyon, OSC Lille, Marseille, and Bordeaux... but now it's different, there are teams like Paris St., Stade Reinnais, Toulouse etc. who are a potantial champion candidate... now in Germany, it's pretty much "almost" always Bayern Munich, who wins the league, but then internationally they're pretty bad. Bremen, a top team in Ger., hasn't made uit further than the 1st round in the Championsleague, 7 times in a row or so... Bayern playing against Inter, last year in the finals, was the first finals since 2001... before that it's either 2nd round-quarter finals, or nothing... so Germany falls into place 4, however they are infront of Italy, since I believe the italians are terrible since 2004.. AC and Inter Milan are the only teams with great skills.. Roma sucks, even though their in first place...

    January 18, 2011 at 10:17 am | Reply
  32. malaga ls

    I disagree with you just once and that is: the fact that Barca and Real are exciting does not mean that La Liga is the best league worldwide. Two super teams and a bunch of nonperforming and outmuscled teams do not make a league. The fact is that there is no competition. Don't you see that it is as good as putting Klitchko and Shasha Masamba in the ring ... huh? – a heavy weight financially battling it out with pennyless teams and you say the league is getting better? Unless there is a major shift in the finances. But not now.

    Having said that, suffice to say that the Bundes is getting better and better. When heavy weights are being knocked off their perch, it shows just how much competition there is in that league. And competition is what makes the league the best in the world. Right now, how many teams have a go at the top spot in Spain? Germany? England? Then conclude, wisely this time around, which league still is the best in the world. You do not decide the winner from day one ... else it is a dead league ... ha ha ha!

    January 18, 2011 at 11:15 am | Reply
  33. os101

    I really dont know where to start...Lets start at the dream team. Spain winning the world cup and Barcelona (being Barcelona) have been the reason why the dream team looks the way it does. I dont think anyone with mimimum understanding or interest in football would deny the fact that Barcelona is the best team at the moment; but, does this mean that the Spanish league is the best league now? if you look at the standings in the Spanish league, you will always notice a huge gap between the top two teams and the rest of the teams. This is not a characteristic of a very exciting and powerful league. You might argue that the reason is the exceptional power of Barca and Real, but what are the other teams doing in Europe? Just because Barca is the best football team now (and the dream team looking the way it does) does not mean that the Spanish league is the best league. I disagree (and I'm sure many others disagree) that Real Madrid is the second best team in the world currently.

    I also find it unfair to compare the players of the English Premier league with the Spanish league players the way you did. All the players you've mentioned (maybe with the exception of Tevez) have been injured recently. When you want to compare players, looking only at the past 4 or 6 months of their career is not fair at all.

    Oh, and your asking us to compare an Espanol v Sevilla game to a Sunderland v Everton game (regardless of the fact that Sevilla has been one of the top 4 maybe 3 teams in the Spanish league). I guarantee you that the Sunderland Everton game will be more exciting to watch.

    I think it all goes back to what you like to watch, but if you're into the fast-paced, physical, organized, team-work oriented football, the English Premier league is what you should watch.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:37 am | Reply
  34. Bisoo

    I think your assessment is relative and not based on every criteria that defines a good and entertaining football league. If were to consider my criteria, I would say the EPL is still the best league in the world. It may not have the best players in the world, but has an opened league: any team of the current top 5 teams could win the league. This is not the same as in Spain, which has been a 2 horse race for more than half a decade. I follow all the leagues and that even includes the Dutch league. I could watch any game between any of the top teams in Germany against mid-ranked team and will not be able to predict before hand that the top team will win. This urges me to watch the games, but when it comes to La Liga, if it's not Barcelona vs Real Madrid or Valencia or Villareal, I don't watch, because I know Barcelona will win and this makes it boring. On the hand, this could not be said of Arsenal playing against Blackpool or even Newcastle. You'd expect Newcastle to push and so they will and which makes the game exciting.

    The other criteria will be the style of play. Almost all the teams in Spain play the same way. None of the teams changes tactics against Barcelona or Madrid, making the games boring sometimes. In England, you have Arsenal playing fluid football, Manchester changing their style of play depending on whom they face, Blackburn being very physical and that makes the entire league exciting.

    How many teams from EPL have being in the Champions league knockout stages withing the last 5yrs, compared to La Liga teams? EPL teams always outnumbers every other league and it will be the same this year.

    League do not always make players stars, otherwise Benzema will be a household name in Ukraine because he costed more than Wayne Rooney.

    So you see, my criteria might be relative here and I am sure other pundits will have different criteria to what makes a league the best in the world. However, I am certain that most will agree with me that the EPL is arguably the best in the world and will be for a long time to come and therefore I do not see this crisis that you are talking about.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  35. Ade

    how can anybody think real madrid are a good club when they are billions in debt and being bailed out by the rest of europe?

    January 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  36. Josemi

    I'm not going to say that the Spanish league is the best because I am biased towards my country, but I do agree that the EPL is in decline. I doubt any of them will make it past the quarters in the CL.

    Tottenham V ManU was a very poor game the other day. ManU already showed against Valencia how weak they were at Old Trafford where they almost lose and ended up tying the game.

    Arsenal is awful defending, great in midfield, and average from 25 meters away from goal. They're going to have to improve on defense and become clinical up front to beat barcelona because their midfield won't be great against them.
    Chelsea is old, and everyone knew this was coming for the past couple of years.
    I watch all the main leagues when I have time, and i just don't see the entertaining value of pingpong football seen with the rest of the teams out of the 3 i mention. Liverpool and Everton the other day was atrocious as well by the way.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  37. mckeith

    The premier is probably the most watched league in the world. Less people watch other leagues. The premier had to lose out in the awards for:
    One, in a year italians won the ECL and Spain won the world cup, it would be harsh is the best players are not picked from inter, barca or athletico. it would also be harsh on premier league to question it on the basis of its performance for one year.
    secondly World class players the english premier league have performed poorly because one they have picked injuries and secondly their teams are not balancing the teams. Teams in the bundesliga are finely balanced and in Italy too. I think English football will improve..and retain its status in the world.
    If an English wins the Champs league or Europa league, then praises will be heaped on the EPL...

    January 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  38. gcardo

    epl is still the best. at least we don't know who will win the league this season unlike laliga. (united will win it though)

    January 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  39. Sylvester

    The EPL is and will remain tops for many decades. The main reason why players like Messi and Ronaldo are having such a ball with play and goals(and Ballon D'Orrs) is the fact that the top 4 teams in Spain are miles away from the rest in quality! In contrast, all but perhaps 4 teams in the EPL are closely matched.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  40. Alberto Lima

    To those a little bit ignorant, Pedro Pinto is Portuguese, and traditionally we in Portugal love the Premiership. The thing is I also think English clubs are crazy in their investments. Today Aston Villa bought Bent for 30M€. In Portugal we have 2 world class forwards better than Bent that they could buy for 20-30M€; FC Porto's Falcao and Benfica's Cardoso, Sporting. There is also Hulk the Porto prodigy but he has a forbidden 100M€ clause. Nevertheless, my point is in the Premiership the ROI in players is much less than in any other championship.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:30 am | Reply
  41. MrShedDweller

    I think this argument is ridiculous. Just because one team has the vast majority of the top players in the world doesn't constitute the league that it plays in to be the best. The fact that the Premier League has five teams in contention for the title says to me that it is the best league, not to mention the parity in the bottom half of the table. You list Rooney, Fabregas, Torres, Drogba as proof that because they didn't make the top eleven to players (a silly vote that will change drastically next year) it shows that Premier League to be weaker. Very weak argument as you need to add of the totality of great players in a specific league. Taking the five teams in contention for the Premier League title and match that with the top five teams in the Spanish League, well then you will see how strong the Premier League really is. Incidently, there are some very good players who play for teams outside the top five in the Premier Leagure who would thrive in other leagues. My point, the Premier League is deep in talent and better than it has ever been. It is not just about two teams as is the case in the Spanish, German, and Italian League. The Premier is expanding in power due to the emergence of Manchester City and Tottenham, and more are coming. Full stop, the best league.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:52 am | Reply
  42. malaga ls

    When you are arguing about straightforward cases, sometimes even the wise appear unwise. But let me say for the last time here that I'd rather watch a league where the essence of the league – which is COMPETITION – is upheld than watch a league where the COMPETITION is a two horse race and decided even before the commencement of the season!!!!!!

    Secondly, no one would achieve substantial results in marketing a boring league – regardless of how extensive, intensive and aggressive the marketing strategy can be – except if the league itself is already more appealing to the viewers (Confirm this with the RSA Premier League and others regarded as the best). Love it or hate it, EPL rules the world. It keeps you on your feet (or is it toes?)!!!

    Viva EPL!

    January 19, 2011 at 7:18 am | Reply
  43. mwanzia mwanzwii

    This comparison is a clear blue print of what is taking place in the world of soccer today,however many Africans particularly kenyans will not fully agree to this, the reason being we watch EPL all year round never at once will you hear someone talking about other leagues other than what they follow day in day out, because this is what is projected in local bars every weekend and weekdays especially when there is a crucial game,
    most kenya and Africans in particular, have no access to other league because most bars show EPL and this is what has been celebrated over along period.
    in order to celebrate other leagues and the competitiveness of world soccer, we need more than EPL on our silver-screens, this might just change our perception of EPL being the Best league.

    January 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  44. Chris

    What a load of rubbish. An English team reached the final of the Champions League (which, to remind you, competes teams from all over Europe_ consecutively from 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, winning it twice. Hell, 2008 was an ALL ENGLISH final.

    Thus far, England has the MOST TEAMS left in this years competition (Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs) more than any other country.

    Spain may boast teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid with fantastic records, but it really is just those two teams that are continuously threatening. England has the aforementioned teams, plus- and this pains me as a Utd fan to admit- Man City in the future.

    Average goal stats between different league means nothing, because in games between equally good teams, there are rarely lots of goals. I bet there are more goals in the SPL than the EPL because of the huge monopoly that Celtic and Rangers have had the past 20 years. Yet, the SPL is nothing in comparison.

    Again, a load of old rubbish.

    January 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  45. killian donnellan

    pedro pinto says the epl hasn't got as many world class players as the spanish league.this is complete rubbish.i can at least 40! woorld class players in the epl such as tevez, ronney, bale, van der vaart, fabregas and nasri etc.plus in the last ten years there have been more english clubs in the final of the european cup than any other country.the fifapro 11 is a joke. does any one in their right minds think that pique is better than vidic.there are only 3 good teams in la liga, but in the epl there are 5 and all five stand a chance of winning the league this year.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  46. Arhor omena Richard

    alehandro... yu've got to give credit to the present trend of things and drop the bias chat or what eva you think about pinto or his analysis,if you're that good you should try do it live instaed of cheap blog.... Fact, the english league is hyped,Fact,the average english player doesn't stand a chance even with a portuguess player,the english just got some exceptional players over the yrs like,gazza,sherer,gerrard,becham,owen,roney,terry and fedinand...Fact, the state of debt situation in english football is so sick,Fact,how many world class players have played the english games without regrets on the long run?Fact,the english press is the most bias in the whole world with cheap investigative jounalism that made them lose the bid to russia...i was thehappiest dude alive when they lost... you sound like a hypocrite on the spanish league when manchester utd have won the premiership more,till arsene wenger and mourhino came to destroy all that...FINAL FACT The English league is so HYPED....

    January 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  47. Siena Denton

    Kiaora [Greetings] from Aotearoa [New Zealand].

    I shall begin by saying, that it is fine to agree to disagree on the issue of the "Best League in the World", regardless wherever Football is played it inspires powerful emotions and fierce loyalties like no other game on this global estate we are all residents of.

    Pedro has suggested to watch other teams in La Liga as well as the Bundesliga and I concur with him, besides the obvious at the Top of the Table teams there are players in other clubs whose skills upon the pitch are tactically adept and a pleasure to watch. One player I have of late watched prior to his visit to my homeland New Zealand for a so-called 'friendly' back in November, 2010 was one Paraguyan international who plays for Hercules and his name is Nelson Valdez. He demonstrates an excellent ability in his forward runs due to his obvious fitness and his team-mates providing cover and support, he also has one 'Powerful Bootie on his Footsie' as he demonstrated earlier in the season when Hercules [David] defeated Barca [Goliath].

    Cheers.

    January 20, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  48. PAUL

    English premier league is boring

    January 21, 2011 at 8:59 am | Reply
  49. kasonde

    not its not its just the change of personnel.

    manu, liverpool, arsenal and chelsea dominance is over the as the big 4 new big 4 is

    Manu, arsenal,spurs and mancity are the new big 4

    January 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  50. Eno

    Thank you Pedro!

    I totally agree, La Liga beats the English premiere any day. The top teams in La Liga are no doubt Barcelona and Real Madrid because they do spend so much money on coaches/players and advertising. I'm a huge Barcelona fan but I do enjoy watching other games in the La Liga. They flow well and their skills are more upgraded than the English premiere, don't get me wrong the English premiere is all about speed which is still quite intense but just doesn't have the La Liga spice🙂

    January 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  51. Adios

    "They also have the second best team in the world – Real Madrid."
    This article is a joke. I can agree with you that Barcelona may be the best team in the world but how can you claim that Real Madrid is second? It's been years since they won any trophy. I admit that they are starting to improve but there is no way you can claim they are one of the best clubs in the world.

    If you look at the champions league, all four english clubs have made it to the knockout stages, even Tottenham who finished first in their group.

    Therefore I can say that the EPL is a much more exciting league with 4 clubs and maybe even 5, with a possibility of winning the league. La liga is a 2 team league that may have 2 of the worlds best players but what if messi or ronaldo suddenly moved to the EPL. Im sure you would then claim that the EPL is suddenly the worlds best league huh?

    That is all

    January 23, 2011 at 8:50 am | Reply
  52. achoki

    Pinto ADORES stars not love of the game. Have been, will be, always united even after stam, beckham, ruud and CR7. Talk messi, iniesta and ronaldo, EPL will simply let our passion do the walking. Foever UNITED.

    January 23, 2011 at 9:13 am | Reply
  53. gavin

    good article to stir debate, but the EPL is a real competition unlike Spain where its a 2 team race for the title.

    January 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  54. Emeka Ude

    I can't tell you how much I hate this blog! where did you get your statistics from? oh, I see......you're a former Spaniard!! Well, in as much as I agree with you that the Premier League, which is still the best in the world anyway, needs a little bit of reformations, I disagree 100% with your choice of...... harsh statistics!

    January 24, 2011 at 5:20 am | Reply
  55. Andrew

    Espana won the 2010 WORLD CUP with world class football. Deutschland was also WORLD CLASS. This explains everything.

    January 24, 2011 at 8:35 am | Reply
  56. pato

    Revise.

    January 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  57. hassan jeremiah

    When @ first i read this article,i was tempted 2 agree with the writer but after reading the comments...am 100% sure Pedro Pinto is bias and am dissapointed that one of his level should write this,is total nonsense!!EPL is the most exciting league to watch and worthy of spending time to view coz everyone ones that no need 2 write long sentence on that..how does la liga interest u when even if am in a coma i can predict who will the league or when real or barca are playing against others!!Please prove me wrong,do u think barca though currently the best can do the winning streak in EPL...imagine Man U,chelsea,Arsenal,Man city,totteham losing both home and away matches to barca!!!!!isnt that hilarious!!!!

    January 24, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  58. andy

    isnt the epl a 2 or maybe a 3 team? man utd & chelsea have won the last seasons. and it dont looks like it will change anytime soon, like the spanish league

    January 24, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  59. JamesC1991

    A joke of an article
    easily,easily the most exciting league on the planet
    your just agreeing with your best friend Sepp Blatter to make him happy

    January 24, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  60. Jujy

    Wow such arrogance from England – for how long have the EPL considered themselves the best in the world? One year? A decade? For ever? PFFT!

    Why? What players do they have that helped their nation win a world cup? Oh wait... Arsenal has a spaniard! Wow so EPL is the best? Or Spain? I say Spain since it was Spanish league that produced him! Not EPL. He would have otherwise been playing for Barca instead. Maybe for those who think its how much money is spent that judges which leage is the best... not talent or success. I dont see any top english players ever in the top 5 in the world... And england are just desperate to have at least one best ever player. Cluching at straws

    January 25, 2011 at 1:34 am | Reply
  61. Jo Soares

    Brian Alexander, you better try to learn a bit of geography because that guy is not a Spaniard.... His country kick then off over 400 years ago.
    Pedro Pinto is Portuguese

    January 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  62. Pax Romana

    First of all, I want to say I disagree with the article – EPL is the best league and it probably will be the best after 5 and after 10 years. But I also wanted to say that these comments "There are only two teams in La Liga while EPL has five etc" have nothing to do with the discussion, which league is stronger. If we want to compare one league to another, we should analyse all 20 teams not just the strongest ones and say – hey, there are more title contenders in England than in Spain, so EPL is stronger than La Liga. That is totally wrong.

    There were also many comments about that how EPL competetive is and something like that. If we want to compare only this season in England and Spain, than maybe you are right, but there are not only two leagues in the world (or even in the Europe). If you look at the last five seasons in EPL and compare them to the last five seasons in Spain, Italy, Germany and France (you can make the list a lot longer, but I was too lazy), than you gonna see how competitive EPL really was.

    For example, take the gap between 5th and 2nd team, 10th and 2nd team and 17th and 2nd team. The average gaps in EPL for the last five seasons were 20,4; 34,0 and 48,0 points. While in Spain they were 15,2; 30,0 and 38,8 points. Italy – 14,6; 28,6 and 38,6. Germany – 12,2; 23,0 and 35,0. France – 9,8; 21,2 and 30,6. Of course, there are only 18 teams in Germany, so gaps would be a little bit bigger with 38 matches in season. Also the situation in Spain had changed – Barca and Real are becoming stronger, but their opponents – weaker, so these gaps will be a lot bigger. But anyway the situation in common is very clear – most competitive league is Ligue 1, than is Bundesliga and Serie A and only then follows EPL.

    To conclude my comment – in my opinion, EPL still is the best and the strongest league in the world but at the same time I totally agree that EPL is so overrated. But anyway the whole discussion – which league is better – is a little bit silly because La Liga and EPL represents two very different types of football – physical with a lot of running and sometimes very primitive (EPL) and short passing or so called technical football (La Liga). And than it is the question of taste. Someone likes physical style of football, someone not. Someone likes technical style of football, someone not.

    January 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  63. Tim Skinner

    I have to also disagree with this article, the notion that EPL is the best attacking league is not because of the amount of goals score but the tempo of the game. Have a look at the amount of time the ball is spent in defence/midfield, this is the statistic you need to focus. Goals mean nothing because there are such things as defenders and goal keepers. As a recent study showed EPL has more internationals then any other league with Spurs having 22 registered internationals on their books.

    EPL is defiantly in a transition faze in regards to players, its more Tevez, Nasri, Bale, Berbatov, Johnson, Hernandez, Modric, Hart than the collection you mentioned, this is probably why no EPL footballers were nominated. EPL has never dominated the Ballon D'Or, it always has a poor showing maybe down to the relationship with FIFA, or the style of football played who knows.

    It's certainly the most demanding league, will let the Champions League decide whether it is the best in comparison to the other leagues, with EPL leading with four clubs still in.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  64. abd el ghaffar

    i agri wiv u dats its a bad yr but not dat dey r doomed!

    January 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  65. Joshua Sutliff

    Who cares about who has the best League, personally i want the English Premier League to lose its reputation and money because its killing it for the fans, roll on the 80's i say, bring passion back to our stadiums and kick sky and foreign investors out of our game.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  66. Dan

    Your conclusion is definitely -WRONG- about the EPL being in crisis.

    The reasons you offer though are well-thought out and insightful, but all point to a temporary slump rather than a long-term decline in EPL that would actually indicate a crisis here.

    Firstly, as you well know, EPL fans are among the most dedicated and loyal in the world, and the fact that there is no Messi or Ronaldo at their club will never mean the fans stop supporting them, buying match tickets and merchandise etc. The fact is, many EPL fans are so dedicated they will buy the pricey tickets each week even if their club has no superstars and aren't scoring any goals. Fan dedication and extreme media interest are constants in this equation, and while we have them there is no crisis.. Maybe Spanish clubs will sell more shirts in Asia over the next few years than the EPL with their Messi's and Ronalado's, but EPL also has a unique standing in the world that will be there regardless of whether the biggest EPL names are fading in glory.

    Secondly, you would have to conceed the whole Spanish club business model of running of these massive debts outbidding the top-tier EPL clubs in the transfer market is unsustainable, unless foreign merchandise sales shoot up exponentially to make up for the gigantic interest payments on these debts.

    The EPL is doing just fine, the Spanish have a most probably temporary superstar advantage at the expense of generational club debt.. -And yes EPL clubs also run up debt getting there transfers, and many consistently lose money, but nowhere near the Real Madrid's of this world.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  67. illuz

    La Liga has two teams and thats it, the rest of the league is dire.

    How can they let you write this crap?

    January 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  68. cirque

    EPL is boring. I hate set pieces. And lastly, how many world cup England won?

    January 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  69. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    EPL, La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga are all special and unique. One gets to watch some exciting encounters in all these national leagues. In recent years, the German league has been throwing up more candidates in the race for the top spot.

    January 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  70. dony

    There is a crisis in the Premier League nowadays but sure it will not have the same effect that in the Serie A in the middle of the noughties, because the huge marketing of the Premier League in Asia and Africa, which reference with the lack of skills of players in the EPL , that is okay is another football style , or everyone expect that Lampard or Gerard can have the same skills of Iniesta or Messi???, and we have to respect that differences (also EPL is played with a Germanic style established in the late 30's), and maybe football supporters have to decided for ourselves which football style we enjoy , If I want:
    Skill with the ball and purism: Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France
    Fast Peace football: Britain, Germany, Mexico
    Great atmosphere in stadiums (supporters):Argentina, Turkey, Greece, Serbia.

    Finally, maybe some who we are neutral football supporter must take care more of their local teams, rather than discussing if a foreign football league is better than other, here in South America the most popular teams are not European and if a local derby have the same date that the UCL final, nobody take care of it finale (the only exception is the World Cup, the highest stage in football)

    January 31, 2011 at 3:26 am | Reply
  71. Anthony

    My goodness. Since when did a two-team show (or even a one-team show) has become the best league? I can CONFIDIENTLY say that Barca will win laliga this year. But can you say so about the EPL? Ofcourse no! That summarises the booring nature of laliga. What's the essence going to watch Barca play when I know they will score more than 3 goals to win?
    I will better go watch the entertaining Totenham V. Eveton

    January 31, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
  72. wes

    I cant tell you how wrong this is. The spanish league is dominated by 2 teams and no one else has a chance to win it. Also they are the same 2 teams every year. Where's the fun in that? Realistically now there are four teams that win the Prem. Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea. Plus Liverpool now with there new signing will push for a top four spot. Fighting beside Tottenham. Then the relegation battle. There are over 6 teams that have a chance of getting relegated. How can you not find this entertaining? You cant base everything on how many goals are scored a game. That just shows the lack of defending in that country. For example in Italy it is more based on a tactical game therefore theres not that many goals scored. In the spanish league there are only 2 games to look forward to and the same 2 teams are playing them. In England any game within the top 7 teams would be hard faught and entertaining. I mean come on who doesn't want to see Liverpool and Suarez go play against Chelsea and Torres this sunday? Whoever says that the Premiere League isn't the best all around league is the world is rubbish!

    February 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  73. Ram Riva

    You couldn't be more wrong..."La Liga" is becoming more and more boring by the minute...with only two or less teams interesting to watch...
    Barcelona..because they're playing great...and now Real Madrid with such cocky players such as Ronaldo and Coach Mourinho.... now all of us want to see them lose...
    Tevez is a mercenary Diva...who should be back home instead of crying all the time the sun comes up...
    Sir Alex Ferguson's Man Utd is the best team in the EPL, next league champion, and it will be perfect to see them play against Barcelona...for the UEFA Champions trophy ...what a match!!!!

    February 3, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  74. SwarmV

    I think that we can at least give the author credit for giving everyone an opportunity to ruin his credibility and make the folks at cnn wonder what the heck they were thinking when they brought pedro on.

    Pedro writes, of the EPL..
    " An empire could be crumbling. "

    Crumbling? EPL games averaged 4,000 more fans in attendance than La Liga. Foreign and domestic money is flooding into the EPL because of its world wide popularity. This has allowed owners to infuse clubs with cash to bring in better players and create more parity in the league.

    It is a diverse league with players from many many nationalities on teams and in the starting 11. World wide viewer ship continues to grow in the largest markets that speak english and have even more growth opportunity.

    No one cares about the Bundesliga or wants to learn its language and the lack of physical play and defense in La Liga and Sire A are so transparent that the league has no collective credibility with viewing fan. Barcelona and Real Madrid are magic shows that are curious to watch but no one takes the collective league seriously as a viewer.

    Great courageous players play in the EPL then when they are no longer strong enough, fast enough, or lose their desire and courage to play the game they move on the Serie A and La Liga. Or they never move to the EPL and just stay were they are dribbling around defenders who don't move and defenses that never close out on the ball.

    FYI

    The EPL is a hugely diverse league. as noted from the information taken from "Tim"

    * 78 — Number of English starters in the League
    * 35 — Percentage of total starters who are English
    * 45 — Percentage of total starters who hail from the Home Nations
    * 18 — Number of French starters in the League, the 2nd most common nationality
    * 5 — Number of French starters for Arsenal, the team with the most French starters
    * 8 — Number of English starters for Sunderland, the team with the most English starters
    * 10 — Number of British starters for Blackpool, the team with the most British starters
    * 10 — Number of different nationalities on Fulham’s starting XI, the most diverse team in the League (they only have one country duplicated, Northern Ireland)
    * 9 — Number of different nationalities on Chelsea, Wigan and Blackburn’s starting XI
    * 14 — Number of teams with 7 different nationalities or more
    * 4 — Minimum number of nationalities on any team (Sunderland and Birmingham)
    * 33 — Percentage of all the League’s Irishmen who start for Mick McCarthy’s Wolverhampton Wanderers
    * 1 — Number of German starters in the League (Huth, Stoke City)
    * 1 — Number of starters from all of Asia (Lee Chong-Yong, Bolton)
    * 0 — Number of Italian starters in the League

    February 4, 2011 at 7:17 am | Reply
  75. steve

    Madrid second best team in the world?

    Real last got to the Champions league final in 2002, since then Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United (twice) and Liverpool (twice) have all got the the final!

    While Barcelona are the best team in the world, 2nd best is very arguable! Chelsea set records last season for attacking. Inter won champions league, but haven't looked the same without Mourinho. Manu are undefeated this season, and will be hard to beat.

    The latter stages of the CL will decide who second best team is, this article is just conjecture.

    February 5, 2011 at 2:31 am | Reply
  76. Oliver

    This is such a biased article. I don't need to repeat the aforementioned points above which generally dissect Pedro's argument.

    Coming from the USA and watching lots of European football the EPL is certainly the superior league. The tempo, the passion, the competitiveness of the leagues is simply of a higher quality. Look at today! 8 goal thriller at Newcastle, Man U losing away at the bottom side and look how many goals! Amazing stuff.

    However there is one thing where the Spanish league is undeniably better and that's the acting. The copious diving, bad-sportsmanship, signalling for cards and rolling around on the ground infuriates me. Such a lack of class from a league where these men are role models to kids. Now I know the EPL isn't the high altar of fortitude and integrity (look at Terry, Cole, Crouch, Rooney all playing away from home) but it's still got a way to go before it descends into the moral abyss and gutter that is Spanish football.

    Pedro if you had based your article on the huge reliance that the EPL places on TV rights and how that is now in jeopardy with this recent ruling then I might have agreed with your prognosis of the EPL. However as you didn't.

    Pedro I suggest, along with seemingly others, suggest you re-evaluate your opinion. Either that or your career choice. Both of which seem equally fradulent on the basis of your last article.

    February 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  77. Matt

    How can Real Madrid be the best team on the planet when they haven't been to the QF of the Champions League since the 2003-04 Season.

    Also, the article does not even mention this, but Inter Milan, who won 5 out of 6 were pushed to the final 45 minutes last season by Roma so I don't understand why Serie A doesn't even get a mention.

    EPL is the strongest because on any given day, any team can win. Not possible in La Liga (SPL on steroids).

    February 7, 2011 at 5:43 am | Reply
  78. John Toure

    Pedro is really unfortunate that i have so much respect when it comes to sport genrally.but your article on this issue is really bias and country bound.the spanish la liga is a two name league (Madrid and Barcelona) and you watching with your two eyes and telling readers that is better than the PL....wow.... are you really following football?.... that is sick analysis. the PL does not limit the other leagues to market their own league. the PL can boost of 6 to 7 competitors for the title....what can u say? please dont let me lost my respect for you.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  79. wallace

    i wouldn;t disagree with you but to an extent. EPL remains the most interesting & unpredictable league. man utd vs wolves, barca vs sevila

    February 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  80. Charlie B

    How do you actually define 'best'? If you want to take it from a grass roots perspective, the fan base, well EPL worldwide is the most watched, the clubs have more worldwide supporters, and it's actually a competitive league rather than the multi zillion euro, two horse boreathon that is the Spanish league. I think I'll go with the numbers, that's the fans who worldwide, repeatedly put the EPL at number 1, not someone who equates a name and an overinflated salary with entertainment.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:54 am | Reply
  81. indamoneyz

    Dear Pedro, how as a soccer expert can you be so clueless!..lol. Know basic soccer facts before talking rubbish!

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE IS THE ONLY BENCHMARK in soccer:

    * Consistently 4 Epl teams are seeded in Champions league year after year compared to only 2 from laliga! 4 teams out of england are favourites to win in europe every year! 90% win their groups every year compared to half that from laliga!

    * 6 Epl teams including Chelsea, Tottenham, liverpool, ManU, ManCity, Arsenal are a force to recon with in europe compared to only Real and Barca who are spain’s only hopes in CL.

    * 3 times as many world cup players play in EPL compared to laliga !

    * EPL generates 5 times the money laliga does

    * 2 times as many english teams have won in europe compare to laliga (4 vs. 2)

    * Head to Head for over the past 10 years EPL teams have won 2.5 times more – dominating laliga teams!

    * 3 times as many english teams have won the domestic league compared to laliga

    * English teams have the greatest winning % in europe

    * the gap between teams in EPl is considerably smaller than lajoka with top teams in EPL losing more points to other teams than in lajoka where a Real madrid with some 94 points loses to a team with 100 points! and none of them can win in europe!!! – this itself tells everything

    * number of games, the intencity and speed of the game is not even comparable between the two. Lajoka is a sleepers league.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  82. indamoneyz

    Laliga is a joke! a two teams league where Barca and Real walk all over everyone who is just ball watching them!

    Every game every week in EPL is a fight and a battle for all big teams and all stats suggests that.

    There are more goals in laliga every year because Barca and Real score ridiculous amount of goals in these training ground matches!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  83. Bali Golf Course

    This dream team was picked by close to 50 thousand professional players. It featured eight players from the Spain's La Liga and three from Italy’s Serie A. Not a single footballer plied his trade in England...

    October 13, 2011 at 4:00 am | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.