Most leagues have had a period of European dominance and this article looks at three instances.
The current most prominent division is the Spanish league. The top European competition has been completely reigned over by Spanish club teams, with all the champions coming from the division in the last 5 years. The largest dominance has come from the Real Madrid president's team that has claimed the title for the past three years. As the team is the definitely one of the richest clubs in the world it is understandable that they have been so successful. With the funds they have, developed from the huge fan base and the sales of their players. They often sign ‘Galacticos’, which are popular players from all over the world that cost a big sum, which help to advertise the club on a world-wide scale. It is suggested that the club is the best club in the world, and these enormous signings are one of the main reasons for this.
The period after 2000 was a mixed time for European leagues, even so England possibly had the greatest teams at the time. While the champions of the top European tournament were mixed, the very best club was probably the team from the north west of England. The American Manchester United owners’ manage just about the most lucrative football clubs in the world. It possibly has the most wide-spread fan base of all the European teams, with supporters coming from all over the world. The club that was so successful in the early 00’s was managed by arguably the greatest coach of all time, who could get an average squad of players to beat the best teams in the world. This is one of the reasons why the team is listed in the top teams of all time. Having a excellent manager is one of the most crucial ingredients to having a successful football team, and this is a prime example of why.
During the late 80’s and early 90’s, Italian football was the dominant force in Europe. The division had the leading players in the world, most of them coming from Italy, which meant the teams could save money as they would promote footballers from within their own academies. While this is not too much of a concern for the wealthiest football clubs in the world, there was not as much funding in soccer back in the 1980's, so home-grown players were vital to be a successful club. This is something the new AC Milan owner is striving to do, with youthful Italian footballers coming through the ranks, it looks highly possible. By promoting youth footballers, it opens up money with which they can buy more valuable individual players, ones which can turn a good club into a great club. Most divisions also require a certain number of native footballers within a squad, so it will make it simpler for the team to meet that requirement.