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Europe’s Least Competitive Leagues

Paris Saint-Germain has wrapped up Ligue 1 in record time, but they’re not the only ones making their respective league utterly uncompetitive

Paris Saint-Germain has wrapped up Ligue 1 in record time, but they’re not the only ones making their respective league utterly uncompetitive

By Ryan Bailey (@RyanJayBailey)

There are only three certainties in life: death, taxes and PSG winning the gosh-darned French league title. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co. secured their fourth consecutive Ligue 1 championship last weekend in record time, with a casual 9-0 win over Troyes. (Not only did the game settle the title race, but it helped confirm the relegation spots: Troyes are rock bottom and have only actually scored eight goals at home all season. That, you will notice, is one less goal than PSG scored during their visit!)

Ezequiel Lavezzi recently claimed that his motivation for leaving France was the fact that things were so uncompetitive. “PSG are so strong compared to the other teams,” He said. “I do not really take pleasure in matches.”

Presumably, the Argentinean takes much more pleasure being paid a ton by Hebei China Fortune.

PSG, however, is by no means the only team running away with it and making their respective title race a non-event. Here’s a few more examples from around Europe…

Serbian SuperLiga
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Step aside Ligue 1! The least competitive league in all of Europe appears to be the Serbian SuperLiga.

Partizan have dominated the league in recent years, winning seven of the last eight league titles, but they currently sit in third, miles behind the runaway champions, their fierce city rivals Red Star Belgrade.

Red Star is undefeated this season and has only dropped four points. The club has won its last 22 consecutive league games—smashing all previous Serbian records—and virtually had the title wrapped up by November.

The incredible 28-point lead over second-place Borac Čačak is largely down to the amazing work of their intimidating 6ft 4in coach Miodrag Bozovic. Most of Red Star’s opponents were probably too scared to even try and win against him.

Swiss Super League
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There’s nothing remotely neutral about the race for the title in Switzerland. Basel won the Swiss Super League on the past six occasions and currently sits 14 points ahead of second-place Young Boys with a game in hand and a further 15 games remaining.

Much of the club’s success is down to league-leading goalscorer Marc Jako, who has found the net 16 times in 17 games.

It’s not technically an insurmountable lead, but you’ve got more chance of scraping unicorn poop off your shoe with your Swiss Army Knife than Basel throwing it away now.

Hungary’s NB 1
Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 17.36.55Hungary’s “NB 1” might sound like some sort of legal form you have to fill out to apply for a loan, but it’s actually the nation’s top flight.

Budapest’s Ferencváros is the country’s most popular team and have won the league 28 times. But its suffered an Arsenal-esque dry spell in the past 12 years.

This season, however, the Green Eagles already have it wrapped up. With five games left of the 30-game season, they are currently a rather ridiculous 22 points clear of second-placed MTK. They’ve been racking up some Real Madrid-style scorelines this season, the highlight of which might be their 10-0 win away at Nagyecsed RSE.

Greek Super League
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Olympiakos has been the standout performer in the Greek top flight ever since its inception in 1928. The club has won it an astounding 43 times and only missed out on the glory twice since 1997! (Panathinaikos nicked it in 2004 and 2010.) You can basically set your watch to Olympiakos winning the thing.

The Reds have only dropped four points in 2015-16, thanks to a loss at second-placed AEK Athens in February and a draw at Platanias in January. They’ve wrapped up their sixth consecutive Super League already, and currently sit 17 points clear of AEK with a game in hand.

The ridiculous domestic form didn’t stop them getting dumped out of the Europa League at the first opportunity, just like they did the season before.

Eesrste Divisie
Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 17.15.55The Eredivisie remains a pretty tight race, but the tier below, the Eeerste Divisie top spot is virtually decided.

Sparta Rotterdam is enjoying a 10-point lead currently along with a game in hand. Its lost only once since October and it would take a fairly drastic decline in form for them to be denied a return to the top flight that they departed in 2010. Don’t F this up, Sparta.

Danish SuperLiga
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FC Copenhagen has only been in existence 23 years, but they’ve packed an awful lot of success into that time—perhaps helped by the fact that they were formed from two Copenhagen clubs with plenty of history: Kjøbenhavns Boldklub and Boldklubben.

The club won the Danish Superliga in its very first campaign and has lifted it 10 times since. With 12 games to go, Copenhagen sits nine points ahead of its highly pronounceable rivals SønderjyskE, while last year’s champions and Manchester United destroyers Midtjylland wallow down in third.

Løverne only lost one game since August—a narrow defeat at Brondby— and their most recent win, a 6-2 mauling of fourth-placed AaB, suggests they are going to pick up SuperLiga title number 12 fairly soon.

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