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Topic: European soccer leagues do it the only truly fair way
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European soccer leagues do it the only truly fair way

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Posted: Dec 13, 2018 1:26 PM
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Full league home and away round robin. So no worries about weaker or tougher schedules. Everybody plays everybody twice. No playoffs, so whoever is best all season long wins it. No worries of a team simply getting hot at the end. Now of course the negative is that it can lead to a lack of drama in many years when a team has a large lead at the top with several games left,

but in all other sports there is just inherent schedule inequality. Especially football.


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Posted: Dec 13, 2018 1:34 PM
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even if a team has a large lead still plenty to play for with top 4 getting into Champions League, next 2 getting into Europa League, and bottom 3 being relegated. of course those teams in the middle don't have a lot to play for, but i completely agree, it's by far the fairest system in the world of sports

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I always find the relegation battles fascinating

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Posted: Dec 13, 2018 1:35 PM
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Because they often include several teams scrapping and clawing for every point. In many years they are better than the title races.


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Posted: Dec 13, 2018 1:50 PM
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I agree, love watching the clubs battle for relevance. I have no clue the financial consequences of dropping from the top league but I'd assume it's pretty substantial

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Posted: Dec 13, 2018 1:35 PM
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Completely agree. Everybody needs to win. Even the amount of goals you win by matters.

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Posted: Dec 13, 2018 1:35 PM
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Completely agree. Everybody needs to win. Even the amount of goals you win by matters.

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We used to have that for ACC basketball and it was


Posted: Dec 13, 2018 1:53 PM
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awesome.


There's a lot of truth in this, but


Posted: Dec 13, 2018 1:53 PM
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those leagues are almost always won by teams that spend huge sums of money. Leicester a few years ago was the once in a generation aberration. Man City, a team I've supported since the mid 1970s, has spent close to a billion dollars on players since the takeover in 2008. That's not an exaggeration.

It also doesn't include player salaries, stadium improvements, overhead, etc. Just the money paid to other teams to acquire the players. Man United spent $300 million this summer. Liverpool around $200 million. It's really only a fair system for the wealthiest teams.


that's the issue


Posted: Dec 13, 2018 2:11 PM
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Some of those leagues, there's literally only 2-3 teams that have a chance to win it. Juventus has won the Italian league like 8 years in a row and that's before they added C Ronaldo.

But that's also why they have competitions like the FA Cup which give you the playoff type format .


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Posted: Dec 13, 2018 2:03 PM
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It will only be truly fair when they do away with the away goal extra point nonsense.

That being said, I do think the uefa champion's league is one of the best designed, if not the best designed, tournament in all of sports.

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But...it’s soccer


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