One of the most followed and most betted sport in the world is definitely football or as the Americans call it, soccer. Football is constantly gaining popularity and it is played in all parts of the world, both rich and poor parts. Football is governed by FIFA, which support various youth programs and local football associations that need a financial boost to reach their potential. Football is also struggling with a term colloquially called “modern football”, which aims at the rapid increase of money influence in football. This has manifested through insanely high wages for players but also through criminal, most notably through match fixing.
Football is one of the rare sports that is equally followed on both national and club level. World cup and European championships are considered as one of the biggest sporting events of the that year, even though other events like Olympic games often take place in the same year. Next World cup is on schedule in 2014 and will take place in Brazil. Brazil will host the tournament for the first time since 1950. The qualifiers are already in process on all continents and it looks like we will witness best teams in the world fighting for the trophy. Euro is just recently over, after Spain retain the title back in 2012, with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Italy. Currently, Spain is the strongest team out there and have proved that theory on any recent football tournament. Spain managed to win three titles in a row: two European championships and one World cup, which is a features that never occurred before. There are very few teams that are considered a threat to the Red Fury, but Brazil, Germany and Argentina might be the closest to them right now.
Aside from national football, club football has evolved on so many levels as well. With UEFA in charge and recent changes made by Michel Platini regarding the weaker football countries, it is now possible from teams from all across Europe to play top games each week, Top European competition in club football is definitely UEFA Champions league. UEFA Champions league’s first edition came back in 1955, when only 16 teams participated in a knockout system. With 32 teams competing now, it is one of the largest competitions out there. The most successful club in Champions league is Real Madrid, which won the tournament for record ninth times. However, the most successful club in recent history is Barcelona, who won three titles in very short period of time. Aside from Champions league, Europa league is the biggest competition in football, with its format reaching 48 teams in the group stages. It is a competition that offers the chance for many teams with low reputation to make recognition for themselves and make impact in the European competitions.
With European football evolving significantly, we also have quality of national leagues improved as well. After years of dominance of the Italian Serie A, English Premier league overtook the throne as the strongest league out there. Teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and many more made a big impact in the game and won many trophies in years back. Spanish Primera is often regarded as the second strongest league with the beauty of the game reaching its peak. Barcelona, probably the
strongest team ever, is dominating the league, with only occasional Real Madrid surprise. Besides these two leagues, it is important the mention German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 and Italian Serie A, as the clubs leading championships.
We compare the odds on:
World Cup qualification 2014 (UEFA).
Bundesliga, First League and Cup
Belgian Pro League
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Premier League, Cup
A PFG, Cup
First Division, Cup
Gambrinus liga, Czech Cup
Superligaen, 1st Division, Danish Cup
FA Community Shield
Premier League, Premier League Relegation, Premier League Top Goalscorer
Championship Winner, Championship Promotion
League I Winner, League I Promotion
League II Winner, League II Promotion
Conference, FA Cup, Capital One Cup
Ligue I, Ligue II, Coupe de France
Bundesliga, Bundesliga 2, DFB-pokal
Superleague Greece and Greece Cup
Nemzeti Bajnokság I
Premier Division, First Division, FAI Cup and League of Ireland Cup.
Supercoppa Italiana, Serie A Winner, Serie A Relegation, Serie A Top Goalscorer, Serie B, Coppa Italia
Latvian Higher League
A Lyga, Cup
First Macedonian Football League
Tippeligaen, Adeccoligaen, 2 Div - 1, 2 Div - 2, 2 Div - 3, 2 Div - 4 og Norwegian Cup
Ekstraklasa, I Liga, Polish Cup
Primeira Liga, Portuguese Cup
Liga I, Cup
Premier League, First Division, Second Division, Third Division, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup
Super Liga, Slovak Cup
PrvaLiga, Slovenian Cup
Supercopa de España, La Liga Winner, La Liga Relegation, La Liga Top Goalscorer, Segunda División, Copa del Rey
Allsvenskan Winner, Allsvenskan Top goalscorer, Allsvenskan Next team to change their Head Coach/Manager, Superettan, Division 1 Northern, Division 1 Southern, Swedish Cup
Super League, Swiss Cup
Süper Lig, Cup