Liga MX vs Football League Championship

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Brought this up in the box. Seen several posters say that the Championship is easily the most competitive league in the world, but Liga MX definitely has a say in that. Lets take a look at the most recent completed tables.

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Now looking at these 2 tables, the Championship is much more tight, but consider the different playoff systems.

Firstly, the Championship final only has 1 match which I personally disagree with. Every final should be 2 matches in my opinion because you could be the better team and lose the final due to an off day. Once you do there is no correcting your errors. If you have 2 matches, then you know for sure who is the better side. Now this said usually the better team does end up winning, but not always of course. Derby in 2013/14 is a good example of a team that was far superior to the other but ended up losing.

Secondly, playoffs are longer in Mexico. They have 8 teams in it as opposed to only 4 in the championship. This makes it more nervy and tougher to win overall because it involves a lot of clutch in my opinion. Now while I do approve of playoffs for the winner of the season, I do have some things against it. Winning a regular league without playoffs is much tougher but its not as competitive.

Thirdly, the playoffs in Mexico are extremely competitive and unpredictable. The most recent playoffs involving Tigres and Pumas, it ended 3-0 in favour to Tigres first leg and they lose the second leg 4-1 winning it only on penalties. The playoffs before that Santos Laguna wins the first leg 5-0 and loses the second 3-0.

Both of these leagues are very unpredictable. I am in defence of Liga MX due to it being my favourite league but I probably am missing a lot of factors of the Championship and I am posting this to start a debate and it can also teach me about this league. One thing I know for sure is that the Liga MX is superior in quality to the Championship, but that doesn't make it more or less competitive.

Discuss.
 
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I think a driving factor in what makes the Championship the most competitive league in the world is what is at stake. No disrespect to the Mexican League, but promotion to Premier League in England is worth on average 100 million pounds to each club (even more so next season with the TV revenue). Teams in this league spend obscene amounts of money to reach the Prem because of how rewarding promotion could be (in what other country would teams from the 2nd tier of their football pyramid spend £20+ million on players in hope of getting promotion).

The 'playoff final' you mention, I don't think anyone would want to change it to 2 games. The final is played at Wembley so no team has home advantage. I think that one game epitomises how competitive the Championship is, what is at stake over those 90 minutes is more rewarding or costly than any game of football played in the world.

It's also a league where anyone has a sort of realistic chance of gaining promotion, Look at teams like Bournemouth, Burnley, Blackpool, etc in recent seasons. I'd also say it's one of the most unpredictable leagues in the world, anyone can beat anyone which again for me makes it's the most competitive league in the world.
 

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Great post Mark.

I've never taken an interest in the Mexican League unless I'm playing on FIFA.
 

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So you can get 0 points in a league season but as long as you win a playoff you stay in the division?
 

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Great post Mark.

I've never taken an interest in the Mexican League unless I'm playing on FIFA.

Yeah it was a great post. I didn't say that myself but it taught me a lot more about the championship and a leagues competition factor.
 

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I have to say the premiership this year has stepped up its game in terms of competitiveness!

The fact clubs like Leicester, Watford and Stoke are doing so well gives hope to all championship clubs as I wouldn't say they, as clubs, are no bigger than half the championship clubs
 

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The Play-offs in Mexico may be longer and the final may be over two legs but the teams also play 12 games less than the Championship sides do.
 

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