Which is the most popular league in the Europe? (Clue: it’s not the Premiership)
Germans boast the best gates in the world
No one is contesting the fact that the Premier League is the greatest in the world, but in terms of attendances it lags behind our friends in Germany. The average attendance in the Bundesliga is 42,000, compared to the Premier League’s 35,000. Elsewhere, Spain average just 28,000 a game, while the Italians scrape a lowly 25,000 on average.
The popularity of football in Germany may be attributed to the fact that prices are much more reasonable, and six of their stadia can house more than 50,000 supporters – Borussia Dortmund (72,000), Bayern Munich (69,000), Schalke (61,000), Hamburg (55,000), Stuttgart (51,000) and Hertha Berlin (51,000). A further five stadiums can hold over 40,000 fans.
In England, we have just two stadia that can put more than 50,000 bums on seats – Old Trafford (75,000) and The Emirates (60,000). [Ed. - Err, actually St James Park holds 52,000 too - perhaps the source of the stats (The Sun) assumed the Toon Army had already gone down]
Spain, Italy and England have all hosted the best league in the world at some point, so perhaps the Bundesliga will take over when the Premiership bubble bursts?