Should we all start following the Allsvenskan?

February 3, 2010

This graph shows the number of different clubs who won the top division in the last decade – the 1999/2000 champions, right through to the 2008/09 champions.

You wouldn’t want to judge a league’s entertainment value solely based upon the number of sides who have won the league in the past ten seasons, but this would suggest the Premiership was the most predictable major league in Europe throughout the decade.

The fact that the Premiership is a ‘closed shop’ far from a revelation – but to see it trailing to Spain, Italy and Germany does put it in perspective.

It’s also bizarre that the decade saw fewer Premiership champions than Ligue 1 champions, where Lyon won the league an incredible seven consecutive times within that period.

It’s even more incredible to see it behind Portugal – where Boavista’s championship in 2001 was the first time since 1946 that a club other than Sporting, Benfica or Porto were victorious.

The real heroes here are the Swedish, who crowned an incredible eight separate champions in the 2000s. Halmstads, Hammarby, Djurgardens, Malmo, Elfsborg, Goteborg, Kalmar and AIK all won the league – and including the season before would stretch it to nine separate champions in eleven years, as Helsingborgs won the title in 1998/99.

In stark contrast, the Greek Super League was the most boring league. 2003/04 was the only time since 1996 that Olimpiacos failed to win the title – it, of course, went to their great rivals Panathinaikos.

7th February edit: The figures for the Croatian league is incorrect, as outlined by Ivan in the comments section below – apologies for the error.