How competitive is the A-League?

With most football leagues around the world becoming increasingly dominated by unimaginably wealthy owners and their fantasy-like teams, the A-League stands out as one of very few leagues where it is plausible for any of the competing sides to finish the season as champions. Whilst the idea of West Brom or Wigan winning the Premier League borders on insane, current A-League cellar dwellers Wellington and Gold Coast still have realistic chances of making strong challenges this season.

I was interested in how the A-League stood up against other leagues and have put together a few tables that compare competitiveness across leagues. I have compared the EPL, Bundesliga, La Liga, MLS, J-League, the Brasileir√£o and A-League. This gives a good mix of top European leagues, more competitive Asian and South-American competitions and the only other league that I am aware of that has a salary cap (the MLS).

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Brisbane Roar: An Introduction

Just over twelve months ago former national team manager Frank Farina was sacked by Brisbane Roar. Ange Postecoglou, Farina’s replacement, was a divisive choice amongst fans; many remembered his failed tenure in charge of Australia’s youth sides whilst others pointed towards his success with South Melbourne in the late 1990s in the now defunct National Soccer League as proof he was a suitable appointment.

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