Soccer: Professional Clubs and Leagues
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The most famous and top football clubs in the world are in Europe. Each year there is a championship held between them by the UEFA called the European Cup. It is one of the most watched and followed sports events in the world viewed by over 100 million people.
Here is a listing of the top European football clubs and their teams:
English Premier League - Perhaps the best Football club in the world, the English Premier League is home to the most valued sports team in the world, Manchester United. There are currently twenty clubs in the league.
List of teams in the English Premier League (2011)
- Aston Villa
- Birmingham City
- Blackburn Rovers
- Bolton Wanderers
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Newcastle United
- Stoke City
- Tottenham Hotspur
- West Bromwich Albion
- West Ham United
- Wigan Athletic
- Wolverhampton Wanderers
- The top professional football league in Spain, La Liga is home to Real Madrid, the club with the most European Cups.
List of Teams in La Liga (2010-2011)
- Athletic Bilbao
- Atlético Madrid
- Deportivo La Coruña
- Racing Santander
- Real Madrid
- Real Sociedad
- This is the top professional football league in Italy. It is the home to such powerhouse teams as Milan and Internazionale.
List of teams in Serie A (2011)
- The top league in Germany, the Bundesliga's most famous club is FC Bayern Munich.
- This is the number one professional football league in the Netherlands. The top clubs in Eredivisie are AFC Ajax, PSV, and Feyenoord.
Other top European leagues include Ligue 1 (France), Scottish Premier League (Scotland), Liga I (Romania), and the Primeira Liga (Portugal).
The top soccer league in the United States is Major League Soccer or the MLS. The MLS is a relatively new league with the first season taking place in 1996. The top MLS teams are D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Galaxy made a big splash by signing English football superstar David Beckham in 2007. The league is divided into two conferences, an Eastern and a Western, with nine teams in each conference.
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