We can all guess what the two top leagues are with attendance figures. No problem...The EPL No 1 and the Bundesliga No 2, but do you realize who is No 3 ??? Its the Football League CHAMPIONSHIP, ahead of La Liga, Serie A and Ligue One in France.
It has been an exciting and competitive league this season in particular, at the top and the bottom. Leeds United and Aston Villa averaging 37,000 plus and Derby County over 32,000. Even in the third tier Sunderland got 46,126 into The Stadium of Light on Boxing Day for the visit of The Bantams from Bradford City and a similar big number for the visit of Portsmouth, all the way from the South Coast. The Checkartrade Trophy Final at Wembley saw 80,021 show up while even in the third tie, r League 2 we had 20,718 at Milton Keynes Dons v Mansfield Town.
This coming weekend at least 2 of the 3 play-off finals will be sell outs... maybe all three.. Aston Villa v Derby County on Monday for the £100 million plus prize of entry into The riches of the EPL, with Norwich City and Sheffield United already there automatically.
Meanwhile the President of LA LIGA is very critical of both PSG and Manchester City. The Light Blues face being kicked out of the lucrative European competitions shortly due to financial dodgy doings. Javier Tebas says that City allegedly used £60 million incorrectly to bolster their books. " It has become more like a toy a PLAYTHING OF THE STATE at the Etihad.. City and PSG are skewing the balance of the entire European football structure. . Owner Sheikh Mansour has the full support of his countries wealth fund. In fact he has only come to watch The Citizens ONCE since he took over.
Who is the 6th best supported league? MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER and it may be in 5th place in the not too distant future.