Manchester City could be Premier League champions this weekend and Bayern Munich could win the Bundesliga. That's all you need to know about both of those clubs domestically this season, dominating their leagues at a level that has the other contenders playing for 2nd-place in early April.
What this means for two of Europe's major soccer leagues is a good question. Parity is an issue for Europe's big leagues like it is everywhere else in the world. Bayern Munich in particular is closing in on a 6th title, something that's good for Bayern Munich and their support but not all that great for the rest of the league. That's the big picture problem with a dominant club, even in the Premier League where the elite team changes season-to-season.
Leicester City is still the exception for a league's handful of elite teams dominating. In some major European leagues, it's not even a handful. Italy and France join Germany in having one team in contention most seasons. In Spain, Atletico Madrid extends it to three, but it's still the teams from the two biggest cities in La Liga.
It probably won't help that all of the major European leagues have de facto championships. That's qualifying for the Premier League, something UEFA has made easier by offering direct entry into the group stage to more teams from the top leagues. It's also the biggest problem facing European soccer right now. Predictability isn't a strength.
The NY Times' Rory Smith explains Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's attention to detail. The Independent's Simon Hughes takes a look past the Premier League teams in Liverpool. Forbes' Bobby McMahon has Real Madrid with the edge on TV and attendance in Spain. The European Leagues aren't happy with how UEFA is dividing the money. Bundesliga Fanatic's Mathew Burt on the teams trying to stay up in Germany. Tifo's Luci Kelemen tells the story of Belgian coach Georges Leekens.
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