Copy: Sports Illustrated, May 2012
Tonight, the annual bunfight to get into “the best league in the world” begins with the Championship playoffs. But, actually, how good is the Premier League? This is what I investigated for Sports Illustrated this month – I went to see Schalke play in Germany, spoke to Steve McClaren in Holland (who should know about European leagues, he’s managed in three of them), and a young English player in Spain who shunned advances from Premier League clubs to advance his football education at Atletico Madrid because he could “improve on technical and tactical skills.”
So what is the best league in Europe? Read the piece to find out – but it is telling that since this was published, both Spanish sides were of course knocked out of the Champions League and, after all the predictions that Premier League sides were being outwitted by their continental counterparts, Chelsea made it to the final. Perhaps, after those fantastic semi-finals, the best league in Europe is in fact, The Champions League.
Best League In Europe Click on the link here to read the full piece in PDF form.