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The Barclays Premier League may be the richest league in Europe, but despite the hype it is not the most popular, researchers in Germany have found in a new survey. While English clubs boast of widespread international support, their appeal does not match that of La Liga. English clubs are supported by an estimated 99.2 million people across Europe, while 103.5 million root for those in Spain.

English clubs have a larger domestic fan base, but Spanish clubs pull in far more supporters from outside the country - even though it is the Premier League that wants to play a round of fixtures abroad. Some 86.6 million football fans are drawn to Spanish clubs, compared with 78.8 million for English Clubs. The survey also shows that Chelsea’s European fan base has increased by a factor of five over the past five seasons.

Spain’s dominance is due in large part to the galácticosof Barcelona and Real Madrid, who occupy first and second place as the best-supported clubs. Such is the international pull of Barcelona and Real, and players such as Ronaldinho and Raúl, that both clubs boast more followers than the population of Spain.

Barcelona earn their place at the top of the table, which is based on a survey of more than 9,600 football supporters in 16 European countries by Sport + Markt, the German marketing company, despite being only the second best supported club in Spain behind Real. Manchester United (32.8 million) and Arsenal (22.9 million) make up third and fourth places, while Chelsea (19.7 million) are in seventh and Liverpool (19.4 million) in eighth.


Germany has Europe’s biggest domestic fan base, with 34.3 million, but the Bundesliga’s appeal fails to cross borders; only 13.1 million outside Germany follow German clubs. Italian clubs boast a support of 62.2 million, 38.1 million of whom are outside Italy.

Hartmut Zastrow, the executive director of Sport + Markt, said that the findings reveal that it would be wiser for the Premier League to focus on its doorstep than on developing markets. “It seems more promising to concentrate here than in East Asia, where English, Spanish and Italian leagues already have prominence,” he said.

The research also shows a strong correlation between wealth and support. Eight of Europe’s best-supported clubs are among the ten wealthiest clubs.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/article3441871.ece
 

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Errm SO?

England and Germany are the only leagues with any proper attendance which shows that the Premier League is the people's league opposed to the money making machine that is Barca & Real the rest are there just to make the table.
 

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sorcerer said:
English league is top league? Yes, if you don't understand the game, prefer watching meaningless hit-and-run stuff.
Not always. Sometimes they stop and swap insurance info.
 

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BHFanatico said:
who cares about that... english league is the top league... no talk about it.

if you like to see alot of sprinting and wrestling .............

but when its a mix of all stuff its la liga
 

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Actually currently there isn't a complete league, every league lacks a certain aspect.
 

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The survey also shows that Chelsea’s European fan base has increased by a factor of five over the past five seasons.
That says it all. Floating voters.

If Barca and Madrid have a downturn in fortunes then they'll lose fans who'll probably turn their attention and "support" to United and Arsenal, and Vice Versa.
 

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sorcerer said:
English league is top league? Yes, if you don't understand the game, prefer watching meaningless hit-and-run stuff.
Hmmm... you clearly know your stuff.
 

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He does are you insuating he doesnt? The only teams who play football technically in England are Arsenal Chelsea Man United and to an extent Liverpool this is fact and they only play like this due to the huuuge foreign influences on all these teams.
 

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NISSIOTIS-7 said:
He does are you insuating he doesnt? The only teams who play football technically in England are Arsenal Chelsea Man United and to an extent Liverpool this is fact and they only play like this due to the huuuge foreign influences on all these teams.
What would they do without technical players like Drogba and Kuyt.
 

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Newton_Gold said:
That says it all. Floating voters.

If Barca and Madrid have a downturn in fortunes then they'll lose fans who'll probably turn their attention and "support" to United and Arsenal, and Vice Versa.
Isn't that a given? You think Leeds have as many supporters now as they did 6-7 years ago?

What's the point o your post then?
 

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The Infamous_LFC said:
Or Vidic who is the master of technique.

This league owes him big time
Probably more technically accomplished than the aformentioned two.
 

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R10! said:
Isn't that a given? You think Leeds have as many supporters now as they did 6-7 years ago?

What's the point o your post then?
Clearly it is a given and I was stating the obvious so what's the point of you asking me the point of my post?
 

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NISSIOTIS-7 said:
He does are you insuating he doesnt? The only teams who play football technically in England are Arsenal Chelsea Man United and to an extent Liverpool this is fact and they only play like this due to the huuuge foreign influences on all these teams.
So if, according to you, a fifth of the league play technical football then the league isn't all kick and run football is it?
 
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