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La Liga continues to show its Champions League dominance

La Liga has once again shown its dominance of the UEFA Champions League.

Prior to Real Madrid’s 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid, the Spanish league was already guaranteed of having two representatives in the Champions League semi-final for the fifth year in a row.

No other league can boast having more than one team in the “Final Four” of Europe during that five-year period.

Real Madrid and Barcelona reached the semi-finals in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13, while Atletico Madrid replaced Barcelona during last season’s tournament.

During that time, La Liga has had two teams crowned champions of Europe. Barcelona were title winners in 2010-11, after beating Real Madrid in the semis and Manchester United in the final; and Real Madrid took home their tenth European Cup last season by beating Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid, respectively.

Should Real Madrid or Barcelona win the title this season, it would be three European Cups in five years for La Liga.

The last time a league dominated Europe’s top club competition was a three-year stretch which began with the 2006-07 campaign.

During that period, the Premier League had three English teams make up the four Champions League semi-finalists in successive seasons ending in the 2008-09.

However, since that time the Premier League only had one representative in the semi-finals; with no teams reaching the Champions League quarter-finals this season.

 

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  1. Ivan

    April 23, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    La Liga top to bottom is the best league in the world.

    Sevilla, Villareal, Valencia, Bilbao, Malaga, are currently better teams than their counterparts in other top leagues, such as Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, or Roma, Lazio, Napoli (although Napoli are marching into the semis of EL); or Wolfsburg, Schalke, Dortmund.

    The results over the past several seasons in Europe are telling.

    And the top 3 in Spain (the obvious ones plus Atleti) are better than their counterparts everywhere in Europe, except maybe Bayern Munchen.

    I know, those are generalizations, but it’s scary how far ahead Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munchen are from all other teams in Europe.

    It comes and goes in cycles. I remember growing up where the league to watch was Seria A.

    Then about a decade ago the Premier League used to qualify 3 out of 4 semi-finalists in the CL.

    Now, it’s the turn of La Liga…

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