Top Football Leagues in Asia (Part 3)

3.Indian Super League

Originated – 2013

Country – India

Number of teams – 10

Reigning Champion – Bengaluru FC

Most Successful team – ATK (Atlético de Kolkata), Chennaiyin FC (2 titles each)

Average Attendance – 2018-19: 14,304

The Indian Super League was established in 2013 which is governed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). It is the top tier male football league in India along with the coexisting top tier I-League. The ISL was founded with an intention of establishing the popularity of football in India and the competition’s first season was organized in 2014 with 8 teams.

The Asian Football Confederation, the sanctioning body for the sport in Asia were unaware of the first three seasons of Indian Super League and they received their first official recognition before the season of 2017/18 and expanded the league structure from 8 to 10 franchises.

ATK achieved the first Indian Super League title in 2014 followed by another title in 2016. Tallying their two wins, the Chennaiyin also went on to win the title twice in 2015 and 2018. The current champions of the ISL are the Bengaluru FC who has lifted the title for the first time.

4.I-League

Originated – 2007

Country – India

Number of teams – 11

Most Successful team – Dempo (3 titles)

Reigning Champion – Chennai City

Average Attendance – 2018: 13,073

I League is the top football league in India, founded in 2007, is the successor to the National Football League (NFL). The inaugural season of the I-League featured 10 teams, 8 from the NFL campaign and 2 from the 2nd Division. I-League belongs to the top tier league in the Indian National Football System.

The system of promotion and relegation is being followed by the I-League with the 2nd Division I-League and the I-League champions get the opportunity to participate in Asia’s top international club competition, AFC Champions League. The club to have won the most title in the history of the league is Dempo, who won the title thrice alternatively in 2008, 2010, and 2012.

Since the commencement of the I-League in 2007, 7 clubs have won the title so far. Club Churchill Brothers and former I-League team Bengaluru stand as the second most title won teams with 2 wins. Clubs to have crowned as the winner at least once is Salgaocar, Mohun Bagan, Aizawl, Minerva Punjab, and the reigning league champions, Chennai City.

Top Football Leagues in Asia (Part 2)

There are plenty of football leagues played in Asia that have been founded for years. Apart from the history of the leagues, the players transferred, top players in the league, the average attendance, fans and followers of the league are also some of the contributing factors for the popularity of the league.

In order to pick the top football leagues in Asia, we have considered their recent season’s attendance and listed the top Leagues. Know more about the top leagues by checking out the list we have shared below.

1.Chinese Super League

Originated – 2004

Country – China

Number of teams – 16

Reigning Champion – Shanghai SIPG (2018)

Most Successful team – Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao (7 titles)

Average Attendance – 2018: 24,107

The Chinese Super League is the highest tier of professional football in China, which is governed by the Chinese Football Association (CFA). Initially, 12 teams participated in the league which later in 2006, expanded to 16. Since the league’s inception, 7 teams have won the title and 31 teams have competed in the league.

Club Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao is considered the most successful team in the Chinese Super League as they have been crowned as the winner for a record of 7 times in a row. They defended their title from 2011 to 2017 and their winning streak came to an end by Shanghai SPIG having grabbed the title in 2018 and Guangzhou was the runner-up.

2.J-League

Originated – 1992

Country – Japan

Number of teams – 55 + 3 under-23 teams

Reigning Champion – J1: Kawasaki Frontale, J2: Matsumoto Yamaga, J3: FC Ryuku

Most Successful team – Kashima Antlers (7 titles)

Average Attendance – 2018: 19,064

The J League was founded in 1992 which includes three professional football leagues namely the first division J1 League, second division J2 League and third division J3 League. Having formed in 1992, the J League has 8 clubs drawn from the Japan Soccer League (JSL) First Division, 1 from the Second Division, and the newly formed team Shimizu S-Pulse.

The first official J League was organized in 1993 with 10 clubs. Later the league had 9 more teams joining from the semi-professional JFL, formerly called JSL and 1 club from J. League to create a 2-division system. J League Division 1 (J1) became the top flight with 16 clubs, whereas, in 1999, the J League Division 2 (J2) was formed with 10 clubs.

Spanish La Liga (Part 2)

Teams with most La Liga participation

Statistics of the Spanish clubs that have participated over 50 times in the Primera División during the period 1929-2019.

Club    Participation

Real Madrid    88

Barcelona    88

Athletic Bilbao    88

Between the first season and season 2019-2020, in total 62 clubs has participating in top division of the Spanish league.

Audience

Capacity of La Liga stadiums

The table shows the capacity of the clubs participating in La Liga. Camp Nou, where Barcelona play since 1957, has the highest capacity with almost 100,000 seats. The average capacity in the league is 36,104.

Former La Liga clubs and stadiums: Girona, Montilivi (13,500); Huesca, El Alcoraz (7,638); Rayo Vallecano, Vallecas (14,708).

Players – Top goalscorers

The league’s all-time leading goalscorer is Lionel Messi who has (in October 2019) made 424 goals in Barcelona. Messi is also the only player to score 50 times during one season (it should be noticed that the numbers of games per season has shifted over times; as a comparison Telmo Zarra scored 38 times in the 1950-51 season when each team only played 30 games). 

On the second place among goalscorers is Cristiano Ronaldo who did 311 goals in Real Madrid in 292 appearances (a goal ratio record in the league).

Other notable goalscorer in the league are Hugo Sánches (234 goals for Real Madrid 1981-1994), Raúl (228 goals for Real Madrid 1994-2010), and Alfredo Di Stéfano (227 goals for Real Madrid 1953-1966).

Players with most appearances

The player with most appearances is the national team goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta. He played most of his career in FC Barcelona and in total he did 622 La Liga appearances. Next to him is the Real Madrid player Raúl with 550 matches.

1929 The league is established.

1934 The league is expanded to 12 clubs. 

1936 The 1936-37 season is cancelled due to the Spanish Civil War.

1939 The league is restored after the war.

1941 The league is expanded to 14 clubs. 

1950 The league is expanded to 16 clubs. 

1971 The league is expanded to 18 clubs. 

1987 The league is expanded to 20 clubs. 

1995 The league is expanded to 22 clubs. 

1995 From the 1995-96 season, wins are awarded three points instead of two. 

1997 The league is reduced to 20 clubs.

A brief of Spanish La Liga (Part 1)

La Liga (Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División) 

La Liga is the Spanish football league in the top division, existed since 1929. The second is called Segunda División. Since 1997, there are 20 clubs participating in the top league of La Liga which has been organized by Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP).

Most championships winning to date is Real Madrid (33)
Most played seasons are Barcelona, Real Madrid (88)

History
The first soccer league in Spain was The Catalan football championship (Campionat de Catalunya), founded in 1901. After the establishment of the La Liga, The Catalan football championship still included in the national league for a few years until it was cancelled in 1940.

The first season of La Liga started in February 1929 and ended in June). At this time, it consisted of one division, Primera División, and consisted of ten clubs. The numbers of clubs would later increased at several occasions. In 1987, it reached 20 clubs and that have remained stable except a short period (1995-1997) with 22 clubs.

League system
The first and second division was founded at the same time in 1929. In 1977, Segunda División B, was created to replace Tercera División as the third tier. Tercera División has since become the fourth tier. 
Qualification for European Cups
Nowadays, the top four teams in La Liga are qualified for competing in the Champions League and the team that is placed fifth will get the chance to compete in Europa League (another place also goes to the winner of the Copa del Rey).

Relegations
Nowadays, the three teams placed at the bottom of the table (places 18-20) will be relegated to Segunda División.
Teams with most titles
Real Madrid and Barcelona has been dominated the Spanish football league. Between the first season in 1929 to season 2016-2019 they won total of 60 of the 89 possible trophies.

Most Popular Football Leagues in the World Right Now

3. Bundesliga

German Bundesliga has been a dominant league in the European environment, its constant appeal in Europa and Champions League is remarkable. Home to Bayern Munich which is considered as the best football club in the world right now, people have arguably questioned the league’s competitiveness as Bayern is standing on another level compared to other teams in the league.

But now, teams like Dortmund have been giving Bayern a real competition for their money. With 1.59 goals per match, the league here are filled with excitement.

2. La Liga

Despite nurturing and having the most popular football players’ starts in the world and two of the richest football clubs, La Liga has not yet able to achieve the same level of success as the English Premier League. This league definitely features some of the most exciting matches, but it still holds the second place behind the English league.

The main reason might because outside of the top 3, there is hardly any clubs that can give competition to the giants of the Premier League. Though it has a close title finish and fiercely matches, the overall competitiveness of the league is quite mediocre which can’t compare to the league standing at the 1st place.

1. English Premier League

The most prestigious and popular football league in the world right now is the English Premier League. Though it might not feature the best starts in the world, it does provide the biggest entertainment to its fans. However, the quality of football has fluctuated in recent years due to declining of success at the European level.

But, it still is the most entertaining and exciting league where even the minnows can give the Giants a run for their money. Highly physical, entertaining and competitive, the league is home to some of the best football coaches in the world like Arsene Wenger, Sir Alex Furguson, Jurgen Klopp, etc.

Most Popular Football Leagues in the World 2020 (Part 2)

Ukrainian Premier League

At number 7 spot in the list of most famou football leagues in the world is the Ukrainian Premier League. Though it hasn’t made much influence as the European Champions League and is yet to find and nurture local talents to put it on the map of major leagues in the world, it has always proven to be a tough fixture for the elite teams of Europe.

The top team in the league, Shakhtar, has defeated elite clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea so it has muscles but the league is not competitive as Shakhtar’s monopoly over the league left little to the excitement of the fans.

Brasileirao

Brazil is the mecca of football and this league is the holy grail of the Brazilian fans where great talents like Pele, Ronaldo, Garrincha, Zico, Ronaldinho, Carlos, Neymar, etc began their careers here. This league is the perennial hotbed of talents to be found and thus the quality of football and competitiveness is outstanding.

With an average of 1.23 goals a match, it is one of the most exciting leagues out there. This league also nurtured some of the best prospects in football since its inauguration.

Eredivisie

At number 5 in the most famous football leagues in the world is Eredivisie of Netherlands. Despite being the hub of emerging talent for a long time, Eredivisie is not usually recognized as the Top 5 football leagues in the world but statistics stated otherwise.

With an average of 1.7 goals a match, it’s fiercely competitive despite not having a good representation in matches at Europa or the Champions League.

Seria A

The number 4 spot in the most famous football leagues in the world right now is occupied by Serie A of Italy. It’s believed that Serie A in its current condition considering that it was once the finest league in the world and its clubs like Juventus and AC Milan dominated European football. But, now it feels like the glorious time has passed. 

Though the teams still have a bit of their old glory, their aura seems hard to come back. Match-fixing scandals in Serie A and economic recession have spelled doom for this once great league. 

Most Popular Football Leagues in the World 2020 (Part 1)

Every major football nation has its own Football League and similar to any other case there must be arguments regarding which is the best Football League. Football leagues caught attention of people all throughout the world as all the best players in the world play together as well as compete in a way they can’t at the international level. In this article, we list the Most Popular Football Leagues in the World Right Now.

MLS

The football league of USA, MLS, is still in its early stage and yet to achieve the same level of popularity as the other leagues in this list but it’s been growing on a phenomenal rate. Most of this growth can be thanked to the fact that many of the best players in the world after retiring from the top clubs are coming to work here. One of the most handsome and famous footballers, David Beckham, played for LA Galaxy and Steven Gerrard also contributed some glamour to this football league. MLS deserves its place among the most famous football leagues in the world right now.

Argentine Primera

As the name suggests this league is founded by Argentina and has over the years has nurtured numerous talented players including two of the greatest footballer of all time, Messi and Maradona. With the recent development in the Argentine economy, the league has also seen substantial growth. With fierce competition and strong team members, it is one of the lesser-known leagues but are really great to watch. This league now ranks at the ninth place in the list of most popular football leagues in the world.

Mexican Liga MX

Liga MX is the Mexican football league and is one of the most amazing ones to watch. The unique style of Mexican football that has attracted many spectators during the World Cup is prevalent here. The league is pretty complex as it is divided into two parts Clausura and Apertura. One of the most aggressive and fierceful leagues in the world, it’s a goal-fest in Liga MX with some of the highest average number of goals per match. This league now also holds the eighth place among the most popular football leagues in the world.