There is so much attention on Europe’s big three leagues, the EPL, La Liga and Bundesliga that little attention gets paid to some really fun leagues to watch, here’s our faves.
If you like the speed, toughness, physicality and competitiveness of the EPL then you’ll love the Championship. England’s second tier may not have the technical skill of its bigger brother but it certainly makes up for it with it’s fast pace, crunching tackles and abundance of goals. One of the great things about the Championship is that anyone can beat anyone, currently five points separate the top 9 teams with two of the promoted teams in the top six and two of the relegated EPL teams in the bottom six, talk about unpredictability! M88 Indonesia spokesman said “The Championship is one of the most interesting leagues to bet on because any team can win or lose any match.”
Tulips, clogs, canals, relaxed licensing laws and Total Football are all images conjured up when we think of Holland. The idea of an attacking possession based game where all players are technically gifted was born here. Technical, attacking football is ingrained in the Dutch football mentality and this makes the Eredivise one of the most attractive leagues to watch. Some of the world’s great players have started out in Holland, from the Original Ronaldo to Luis Suarez, from Arjen Robben to Van Persie, start watching and you might spot the next Wunderkid.
Asked to picture some passionate fans you might imagine the kop at Anfield or the Ultras of Milan, you would be forgiven for not thinking of the J League. However the J League of Japan has some of the most passionate fans in the world, the banners, the chants, the drums, they all make for a great atmosphere and fun league watch, it is a very popular league in Vietnam. You’ll soon find yourself immersed sights, sounds and rivalries of the J League, you might even be booking your tickets to the Shizuoka Derby between Shimizu S-Pulse and Jubilo Iwata! One more great thing, the league is mostly played in the European summer so you can get your football fix even when Bale & co are on the beach.