Ranking the Top Level Leagues Across the World

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  1. MrFunnyWobbl

    MrFunnyWobbl GOAT

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    I'm curious as to how you guys rank the leagues against each other. I'm more curious about how the lower level/smaller country leagues that are still the top in their nation (MLS, Ukraine, Belgium etc etc) rank up against each other than the top 5. Though you guys are welcome to argue over the top league in Europe in here.

    I'd think it's best to use quality of competition and depth of the league as benchmarks, but feel free to use whatever you feel fit.
     
  2. Cassano

    Cassano nyeah eh

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    EPL
    La Liga
    Bundesliga
    Serie A
     
  3. Evilo

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    Not a single argument in favor of EPL over Liga. Not european results (even lower ranked spanish and EPL teams), nor the best players in the world, nor the top end teams.

    Liga
    EPL
    BL
    Serie A
    Ligue 1
     
  4. Deficient Mode

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    EPL fans may say that their mid- and low table clubs are better than the Spanish equivalents, but that's not true either.

    Anyway, that was my only contribution to this thread. This is an argument we have all the time in other threads anyway, and it's pretty pointless to me at least.
     
  5. YNWA14

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    I would also say:

    La Liga
    EPL
    Bundesliga
    Serie A
    Ligue 1
     
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    Couldn't you just look at the European coefficients?

    La Liga (easy)
    Bundesliga
    Serie A & EPL
    .......
     
  7. ViD

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    La Liga
    Bundesliga
    EPL
    Serie A/Ligue 1
    Portuguese Premier League/Russian Premier League
    Eredivisie/Turkey
    Ukraine/Switzerland

    Not really sure how MLS and South American leagues compare to uefa leagues
     
  8. TheLeastOfTheBunch

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    Have it the same way as well. Too bad a lot of my casual football friends still see PL as far and away the best league in the world
     
  9. Peen

    Peen Rejoicing in a Gudbranson-free world

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    the common comparison for the MLS' better teams is that they're about the equivalent of a mid-low table english championship team.
     
  10. HajdukSplit

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    just my opinion...

    1. La Liga (Spain)
    2. EPL (England)
    3. Bundesliga (Germany)
    4. Serie A (Italy)
    5. Ligue 1 (France)
    6. Primeira Liga (Portugal)
    7. RPL (Russia)
    8. Super Lig (Turkey)
    9. UPL (Ukraine)
    10. Maybe Eredivise but their European results are awful lately and they will even lose their automatic CL spot

    *I'd put MLS around the 10-15 mark world wide, I'll get to my explanation later*

    At this moment the only thing the EPL is better than La Liga is their commercial success and attendance when it comes to the lower clubs. On the field La Liga wipes the floor with all European leagues

    Had a hard time determining #5 honestly, PSG is better than any of the Portuguese sides but I honestly feel Porto/Benfica are as good as anybody else in the league. However, the bottom half of Portugal are generally poor teams, so Ligue 1 gets the edge

    *As for MLS its probably English Championship level which is stronger than most European main leagues outside the top 10. Problem with MLS is the salary cap hinders their spending so its hard to compare them to the European leagues. For example a club like Dinamo Zagreb who are usually whipping boys in the CL have a bigger budget than all of MLS, even LA and Toronto. MLS clubs lack the depth of top European leagues, so on LA Galaxy for example they have guys like Keane, Gerrard and GDS who can easily still play in a top 5 league however their bench players are probably barely Championship level
     
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    La Liga
    EPL/Bundesliga(tie)
    Ligue 1
    Serie A
    Ukraine
     
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    Solid analysis.
     
  13. MrFunnyWobbl

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    Thanks.
     
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    La Liga
    BL



    The rest
     
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    I think this is pretty good, except I don't agree about the Eredivisie, which I think is either 6th or 7th. Their best teams might not do so well in European competitions, but the depth is much better than leagues you ranked 6-9. If we are to only use European results, the EPL should be 4th or 5th, but depth factors into that ranking, so I think it should factor into the ranking of the Eredivisie, as well.
     
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    :laugh::laugh:
     
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    1. La Liga
    2. EPL
    3. Serie A
    4. Bundesliga
    5. Ligue 1
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    6. Primeira Liga
    7. RPL
    8. Super Lig

    Not sure what happened in Italy after 2011/2012 and why they went broke, but they're slowly trending upwards. Not a fan of the Bundesliga as the drop off after Borussia Dortmund/Bayern Munich is monstrous. MLS would have a pretty solid shot at breaking into this group if their set up wasn't so weird. The money and interest is there if they were willing to open things up.

    I still am in shock at how overrated the Bundesliga is. It's become a hipster league again.
     
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    1. La Liga
    2. Bundesliga
    3. EPL
    4. Serie A
    5. Ligue 1
     
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    This works for me.
     
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    Leave it to Edo to put the Serie A ahead of the Buli. That monstrous drop off after Bayern/BVB sure mattered when Leverkusen/Gladbach had the results they head against Italy's top teams just recently. There's just no substance there.
     
  21. MrFunnyWobbl

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    I agree.

    After BVB/Bayern, there's Schalke, Gladbach, Leverkusen, FC VW...

    It's not that shallow of a league tbh
     
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    Alex Jones BIG BOWL 'A CHILI!!

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    If you guys think that MLS is championship quality, what level do you think better leagues such as J League and Brazilian Serie A are at???

    I consider J League the best league outside of Europe, and based on the UEFA coefficient I would put it around 12, after Turkey but probably above Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
     
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    Liga
    Bundesliga
    EPL
    Serie A
    Ligue 1 / Primeira Liga
     
  24. ViD

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    If you remove PSG from Ligue 1, it falls below Russia and Portugal. French teams are performing quite abysmal this year
     
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    You do realize Monaco was in the quarters of the CL last year and was robbed of a place in the semis by an incompetent ref?

    Please.
     

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