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‘Why Leicester City never be the champion’

Competitions in which there are no international stars are active, do well about their competitive balance to keep watch, says Niels Verborgh. “Maybe the clubs of the Pro League to do this but once keep in mind when they soon have a new competitieformat in each other boxing.’

Leicester City, the prominent English champion of 2016 © Belga Image

Ominous messages from the United Kingdom: the Big Six, the absolute top clubs in the Premier League, with the distribution of the televisiegeld an even larger share, while there is just for the first time, there is a ‘disappointing’ televisiecontract. So would the financial gap between the top teams and the rest even further increase.

The small clubs, shouting in chorus that the for the future and the attractiveness of the competition it is important that the proportions are even more skewed. But the clubs are not impressed and are threatening even to their tv rights separately to sell as they are no larger part of the pie.

It seems anyway that the disparities between the clubs even more will increase. The question is: is this really wise?

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Why Leicester City will never be the champion.

In 2016 crowned the modest Leicester City FC against all economic logic, in the winner of the Premier League. The script of the fairy tale is a beautiful scenario for a hollywood movie. The team, which was coached by the ever-likeable Claudio Ranieri, was a symbol of the underdog who against all odds in the champion. Despite the countervoetbal barn Leicester, the heart of many soccer and won in true ‘David versus Goliath’-style title. The prescription was: a rock solid defence, balvirtuoos Riyad Mahrez as a creative brain, N’Golo Kanté as a metronome in midfield and sniper Jamie vardy granted as a clinical finisher.

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Everyone agreed that maintaining insurance is actually a more than decent performance for a team as Leicester.

A year after the title cut off the reality already firmly in: Leicester wrong in acute degradatienood and champion maker Ranieri was unabashedly immolated. The club knew eventually allowed to to maintain and everyone agreed that maintaining insurance is actually a more than decent performance for a team as Leicester. The club appears to be the financial clout to miss to be at the top to play. As long as money is a dominant factor remains in the football, Leicester City will never be champion. Especially now that the Big Six the warped krachtverhoudingen further damage would cause harm.

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The difference between top clubs and other clubs in the Premier League is shocking.

The difference between top clubs and other clubs in the Premier League is shocking. After 27 games is Manchester City authoritarian on the head. The closest competitor, city rivals Manchester United, has a whopping 16 points less. Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are not far behind Manchester United. The battle for the second place (with a gap of 4 points between the second and the fifth) or even more exciting. The sixth-ranked Arsenal is once again a disappointing season and it seems the last few years in a negative spiral. Is that the last year is not qualified for the Champions League and so a few millions of euros misliep.

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That the Big Six of the English league to dominate, is not only evident from the fact that no other team currently ranks in the top 6 can get.

That the Big Six of the English league to dominate, is not only evident from the fact that no other team currently ranks in the top 6 can get. Also that Burnley finished seventh in the position exactly half (!) less points than match organiser Manchester City is a sign on the wall. It is already 9 points behind Arsenal. While the difference with the 17th, Huddersfield, but 9 points. Huddersfield is just a little in a safe place: Southampton (1 point less), Stoke City (2 points less) and West Brom (7 points less) occupy the three degradatieplekken.

A look at the current classification sufficient to see that there are clear powerdifferentials between the Big Six and the other teams, but the gap is even more striking if we are at the longer term view.

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Competitions are increasingly dominated by the same elite sounding clubs.

The Dutch sporteconoom Tsjalle van der Burg, calculated that between 2005 and 2015 is less than 6 clubs have been able to at least a top-four finish, while that between 1960 and 1970 14. This points to a decreased tension in the width: leagues are increasingly dominated by the same elite sounding clubs. It is remarkable that, Liverpool for 28 years no champion more, and that Arsenal for 14 seasons without a title. This indicates a change of leadership in English football, partly due to the trend that (especially foreign) rich presidents a lot of capital in their club are going to inject.

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Of the 25 titles were even 18 (72 %) is divided among Chelsea and Manchester United.

Examples of this are the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich (Chelsea FC) and sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Manchester City FC), who is a member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates.

Since the Premier League 25 years ago, was introduced, and achieved just 6 different clubs to the title. Of the 25 titles were even 18 (72 %) is divided among Chelsea and Manchester United.

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In America there is less a matter of competitive imbalance.

In America there is less a matter of competitive imbalance. A more exciting competitieformat, a more uniform distribution of spelerstalent and especially a more balanced distribution of televisiegeld and other revenues ensure competitive balance. American football (NFL) and baseball (MLB) grew in the last 25 editions no fewer than 14 different champions. In the ice hockey (NFL), there were 13 and in the basketball (NBA) 10.

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There are in the USA not only more different champions, also the dominance of the best team remains somewhat within limits.

There are in the USA not only more different champions, also the dominance of the best team remains somewhat within limits. Both in the NFL (New England Patriots) and the NBA (San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers), as in the MLB (New York Yankees) won the most dominant team, only 5 titles (25 %) in the last quarter. In the NHL (Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings) is this with 4 titles even a bit lower. Various sporteconomen agree that such a competitive equilibrium is a healthy situation is for a competition (in its entirety), both in the short and long term.

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Other football leagues score just as bad as the Premier League.

Belgian football, had the last 25 years as much – or better: just a few different champions as the English: 6. The single outlier of Lierse and Gent adorn these figures. The last 25 years but less than 18 titles to Anderlecht or Club Brugge. This dominance is not illogical: Club Brugge and Anderlecht are already some decades the most popular Belgian clubs and generate a lot of income.

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The income from the Champions League to strengthen the inequality in the national leagues even further.

Continue to play sports performance an important role in the distribution of the televisiegeld and it is often only the champion who gains access to the financial pot of fat of the Champions League. The income from the Champions League to strengthen the inequality in the national leagues even further. Football clubs know, of course, positive and negative cycles, but eventually pick up, especially the richest clubs sporting success.

Belgian clubs know the last few decades, relatively little success in Europe. They can not logically be to compete against kapitaalkrachtigere teams from richer leagues. But still applies for Belgian teams, in this case, the olympic motto ” taking part is more important than winning: a club that participates in the Champions League, means there is a lot of money. These funds can then be used to in the own league (still) is more dominant.

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In Scotland it is already 1985 ago that’s not Celtic or Rangers won the title.

There are also several smaller competitions in which the competitive equilibrium is possible. Olympiakos this season provisionally disappointing third in Greece, won the last 21 years but less than 19 titles. In Switzerland Basel are currently second, but the last 8 years the time champion. Bate Borisov won the last 12 editions of the White Russian championship, while in Croatia, HNK Rijeka for a stunt made for the first time in 12 years Dinamo Zagreb to dethrone as landkampioen. In Scotland it is already 1985 ago that’s not Celtic or Rangers won the title. Without accidents is Celtic this season already for the seventh time in a row champion. In the Netherlands, the titles mainly divided among PSV, Ajax and to a lesser extent Feyenoord and in Turkey there are mainly Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas on the hall of fame.

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Bayern Munich has been in place for years, with success, a strategy in which the talented players wegkoopt competitors.

The lack of competitive balance is not only a problem in the smaller competitions. In France is heading PSG on his fifth title in six seasons. With a little luck, break through Napoli may soon be the six-year-long hegemony of Juventus in Italy. The reign of Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga was the last 13 years only by Atletico Madrid once interrupted. In the Bundesliga heads Bayern Munich with a large margin on his sixth consecutive title. It has been in place for years, with success, a strategy in which the talented players wegkoopt competitors. Just think of including MarioGötze and Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund and recently LeonGoretzka of Schalke 04. In that way nipping Bayern any titelbedreiging skillfully in the bud.

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In some countries, it is shown that the growth of tv-money is not infinite.

Competitive imbalance is becoming a problem.

After the Bosmanarrest was the labour market of the professional football liberalised. Also noticed the increasing mobility of football players together with a strong commercialisation and globalisation of football. The televisiegelden are _ especially in England _ the last decades as a missile, the height in the shot. In some countries, e.g. the Netherlands, have shown that the growth of tv-money is not infinite. Smaller countries collide due to their smaller markets faster against their ceiling.

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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin speaks more and more often over salarisplafonds and competitive balance, but for the moment it nourishes UEFA over the Champions League, especially the inequality between clubs.

On a rare stunt to clubs from smaller countries cannot compete with foreign clubs. But as already outlined, the Champions League, however, the inequality within national leagues continue in the hand. Because during the last decades, the amounts that clubs can earn in the Champions League greatly increased, also the inequality within national leagues bright increased. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin speaks more and more often over salarisplafonds and competitive balance, but for the moment it nourishes UEFA over the Champions League, especially the inequality between clubs.

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Exposure in and sponsorship from new markets is the new gold.

Scientific research showed that, in the long term, a clear correlation between financial resources and sporting results: the richer the club, the more expenditure that you can do to the left) is competitive and thus the more chance there is to ultimately win. And clubs that win, generating a lot of money.

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The lack of competitive balance is a concern.

Additionally, the emergence of new media make that the absolute top clubs on a global level, better than ever previously are able to be active fans from other continents to reach. The Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona a few months back was kicked off for 13 hours is long no coincidence. It is then primetime in Asia. Exposure in and sponsorship from new markets is the new gold. A quick look at the sponsorships on the shirts of Chelsea, PSG, Manchester City and Manchester United is enough to to realize this.

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If the sports experience drops, it will be the commercial value of a competition may also be reduced.

The lack of competitive balance is a concern, especially in small leagues. Resilience is an essential attribute of sports experience, where sponsors, tv-stations and supporters a lot of money. If the sports experience drops, it will be the commercial value of a competition may also be reduced.

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Competitions in which there are no international stars, such as in Belgium and in the Netherlands, watch better about their competitive balance.

In absolute top leagues seems to be a lack of competitive balance on the first sight might not be such a bad thing, as viewers also (and mainly) want to pay for the absolute wereldvedetten of the top clubs to see the work. The value of the competition lies largely in the stars. Competitions in which there are no international stars, such as in Belgium and in the Netherlands, watch better about their competitive balance.

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Studies show that competitions benefit from the rechtvaardigheidsprincipe level playing field.

If you go by the market situation no top players can offer to the voetbalconsument, seems to be a decent and exciting league is warmly recommended to still value to be generated. Maybe the clubs of the Pro League to do this but once keep in mind when they soon have a new competitieformat in each other boxing.

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The greater the gap between the clubs is, the less exciting the league will be.

Top clubs, such as the Big Six in the United Kingdom, are not really awake of competitive balance. They only want to (money to) win. However, Studies show that the leagues as a whole benefit from the rechtvaardigheidsprincipe level playing field. The greater the gap between the clubs is, the less exciting the league will be. Therefore, it would not hurt if the top clubs have a bit more showing solidarity. Because the Leicester City FC’s of this world the heart of many a sports fan pumping.

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