I wish the European leagues could find some way to maintain at least SOME level of parity, instead of having the same clubs buying up all of the best players, and therefore, all of the league championships.
Juventus owns the Serie A. Bayern Munich owns the Bundesliga. PSG has had a stranglehold on Ligue 1 until this year, now that Zlatan is gone. And La Liga is always either Real Madrid or Barcelona, which the occasional cameo by Atletico Madrid. At least now in the Premier League, any one of 5 or 6 different clubs have a legitimate chance.
And yes, although on these recent years it has created an axis between Palmeiras, Flamengo and Atlético Mineiro, there is always a team trying to get close, like Fluminense, Internacional, Grêmio, São Paulo or Corinthians.
It’s worth to add to the comment of Algarve, that in 2008 Fluminense reached the final of Libertadores, losing it for LDU, and in 2009 they also lost for LDU, but at Sudamericana. The chance of relegation of Fluminense has beaten the 99%, but after an heroic win against Coritiba (that ended up with confusion of the Coritiba’s fans), Fluminense got rid from Série B, and could relegate the Paraná’s club with this result, giving the club the nickname of “Time de Guerreiros” (Warriors’ Team)
And with “just because” we mean the scandal evolving Fluminense, Flamengo and Portuguesa, that relegated the São Paulo’s club (Portuguesa) after the usage of an irregular player. Since to this day, Portuguesa ended up in a big crisis and never came back.
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