Games of monopoly: European football belongs to the few

WINNING the “double” used to be a once-in-a-decade event, with the exception of one or two leagues where the power sat with a very small band of clubs. But in 2015-16, around a dozen clubs have [so far] won both their domestic league and cup, including the champions of four of the so-called “big five” leagues: France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The concentration of trophy victories suggests that European football’s leading competitions are the exclusive property of the privileged few. Only in England, where in 2015-16, Leicester City produced a major shock by winning the Premier League, have the major … Continue reading Games of monopoly: European football belongs to the few