5 Reasons Why the UEFA Champions League is Better Than the FIFA World Cup

5 Reasons Why the UEFA Champions League is Better Than the FIFA World Cup

Real Madrid v Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final
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Both the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA World Cup are considered to be two of the best soccer competitions in the world. The World Cup is a quadrennial competition that invokes the spirit of nationalism and a non-stop month of soccer. However, true fans of soccer will argue that the Champions League contested by professional teams is better than the World Cup. Here are five reasons why the UEFA Champions League is better than the World Cup.

5. Better Competition

UEFA Champions League Draw
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5. Better Competition

UEFA Champions League Draw
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The competition is often more robust as teams play more games and are not afraid to get knocked out (with some exception). Most cases in the World Cup teams fear elimination and play more defensively, whereas the Champions League play twice as many games throughout the tournament with teams developing a definite game plan. Even the knockout stage in the UCL provides more excitement with its home and away format.

4. Better Teams

Real Madrid v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Semi Final
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4. Better Teams

Real Madrid v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Semi Final
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Every professional club that participates in the UEFA Champions League trains and plays together all year round. Teams are given time to develop into a cohesive unit. National teams play together a few times a year, often a week at a time in the middle of the season and an international competition every other year. Even the best national teams look disjointed compared to the best pro teams.

3. Better Officiating

Nishimura blunder: Brazil v Croatia: Group A - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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3. Better Officiating

Nishimura blunder: Brazil v Croatia: Group A - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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In every World Cup there seems to be a major blunder by the officiators representing the smaller confederations. 2014 Brazil World Cup saw an official give an unwarranted penalty to the Brazilians against Croatia. In the Champions League major errors from the referees are a lot less frequent per game.

2. More Superstars

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid v Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final
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2. More Superstars

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid v Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final
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The World Cup is only contested by 32 nations, but there are many world-class players who were not blessed to be born in a powerhouse country in their region. However, the professional teams have the best players from all over the world, allowing great players from the most obscure country to compete in the Champions League.

1. Underdog Champions

FC Porto 2004: Champions League Final - AS Monaco v FC Porto
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1. Underdog Champions

FC Porto 2004: Champions League Final - AS Monaco v FC Porto
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It is no secret that only a select few countries have won the World Cup. In the Champions League and the old European Cup, teams considered as underdogs have won the competition. FC Porto won in 2004, BVB Borussia Dortmund won in 1997 and Olympique de Marseille in 1993 to list a few. Which of the World Cup winners can truly be considered an underdog?

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  • Lou Flavius

    Agreed, good writing.