Friday, December 15, 2006

Hey that English league is that not bad

One look at the Champions League draw, that was done on Friday morning, and you see a growing trend. It’s only a matter of time before clubs in the English Premier League rule Europe. Over the course of the last couple of years foreign investors like the oil man at Chelski and the Glazers at the United have brought more money in the league and allowed these already powerful clubs to spend a ton of money on the world's top players. This is shown in the Champions league where all four of the teams that were the league won the group. All four of the teams that made it through the last 16 of the event could go on to Athens and lift the oversized trophy. Look at the other teams leagues that sent two or more teams through the knock out phase: Italy, Spain, and France. All of expect Barca and Lyon are teams that you fear.

To see how dominating the league has become look at the different rankings of club teams on the Internet, some have two English clubs in the top four, while other have three in the top nine.

The success in Europe is a far cry from the late 80s when there was no EPL and the English teams were banned from Europe following the Heysel Disaster and hooliganism was growing out of control. Following the creation of the EPL, clubs in the premier league where swimming in money from TV deals and sponsorship deals. According to reports, the EPL is most lucrative soccer league in the world. This is one of the reasons that EPL teams are going to rule Europe for the next decade.

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