Domestic Leagues

Where are the ‘Two-Horse Races’?

It’s has been 16 years since we stopped writing 19– at the end of dates. A lot has happened in football.

Some great teams are still great, while other great teams are finding their way back to greatness. Some not so great teams are major contenders in European football.

The strength of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona has brought about criticism from a lot of fans. The complaints is that the Spanish La Liga is a  two-horse race.

Since football has a long history, and they isn’t enough strength in our arms to scroll down out browsers through the entire history of football, we decided to go with what has happened in the top leagues in Europe for the past 16 years.

UEFA ranks these leagues as the top 6 in the confederation.  How many different champions has each of the top leagues had.


2000 Deportivo La Coruna Manchester United Bayern Munich Lazio Monaco Sporting CP
2001 Real Madrid Manchester United Bayern Munich Roma Nantes Boavista
2002 Valencia Arsenal Borussia Dortmund Juventus Lyon Sporting CP
2003 Real Madrid Manchester United Bayern Munich Juventus Lyon Porto
2004 Valencia Arsenal Werder Bremen A.C. Milan Lyon Porto
2005 Barcelona Chelsea Bayern Munich N/A Lyon Benfica
2006 Barcelona Chelsea Bayern Munich Inter Milan Lyon Porto
2007 Real Madrid Manchester United Stuttgart Inter Milan Lyon Porto
2008 Real Madrid Manchester United Bayern Munich Inter Milan Lyon Porto
2009 Barcelona Manchester United Wolfsburg Inter Milan Bordeaux Porto
2010 Barcelona Chelsea Bayern Munich Inter Milan Marseille Benfica
2011 Barcelona Manchester United Borussia Dortmund A.C. Milan Lille Porto
2012 Real Madrid Manchester City Borussia Dortmund Juventus Montpellier Porto
2013 Barcelona Manchester United Bayern Munich Juventus Paris Saint-Germain Porto
2014 Atletico Madrid Manchester City Bayern Munich Juventus Paris Saint-Germain Benfica
2015 Barcelona Chelsea Bayern Munich Juventus Paris Saint-Germain Benfica
2016 Barcelona Leicester City Bayern Munich Juventus Paris Saint-Germain Benfica



Despite have teams take on long title winning streaks, French Ligue 1 has had the most variety in title winners with 7 different title winners. Followed by La Liga, Premier League, Serie A and Bundesliga all have 5 different winners each.

Impressively, Primeira Liga had the least variety in champions with four different champions. It is impressive because it is difficult to see past the ‘Big Three” in Portugal. Sporting CP, Benfica and Porto. But sometime in 2001, Boavista did the improbable.

Ligue 1 (7 different champions)

  1. Monaco
  2. Nantes
  3. Lyon
  4. Bordeaux
  5. Marseille
  6. Montpellier
  7. Parsi Saint-Germain

La Liga (5 different champions).

  1. Deportivo La Coruna
  2. Real Madrid
  3. Valencia
  4. Barcelona
  5. Atletico Madrid

Premier League (5 different champions)

  1. Manchester United
  2. Arsenal
  3. Chelsea
  4. Manchester City
  5. Leicester City (against all odds)

Bundesliga (5 different champions)

  1. Bayern Munich
  2. Borussia Dortmund
  3. Werder Bremen
  4. Stuttgart
  5. Wolfsburg

Serie A (5 different champions)

  1. Lazio
  2. Roma
  3. Juventus
  4. A.C. Milan
  5. Inter

Primeira Liga

  1. Sporting CP
  2. Boavista
  3. Porto
  4. Benfica

There isn’t much difference across these leagues in terms of the number of teams that have won the title in the past 16 years.  There isn’t too much variety when it comes to the league title winners.

Without Leicester City’s  historic 2015 season, England would have only had four title winning teams since the year 2000, equaling Portuguese Primeira Liga..

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