So how do you Europeans deal with the very static nature of your soccer leagues? Checking the latest Italian news, traditional power Juventus is sitting comfortably in first place. And while there are a few strange faces (e.g. Udinese) among the usual suspects lined up behind Juve, if history is any guide they’ll fade as the season progresses (when was the last time Lecce was in Champions League? Uh, howabout never?)
My guess is that things over in the Premiership are quite similar. Indeed, it seems that in the whole of Europe, only a few sides– oh, say around eighteen or so– really run the show. Don’t the fans of, say, Tottenham, ever get tired of not winning?
Sure, in the States our baseball league has its own perennial powers (and its own lovable losers), but our most popular sport has a nice balance of power. Yes, one team might rise up and dominate for a few years, but then they’ll settle back down and let another team (and its fans) share in some of the glory. It’s not automatic, of course (witness the hapless history of the Buccaneers), but in general fans need not wonder if that last play-off run was, indeed, the last they’ll ever see.