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Scout Report: Australia

Background Established in 2004, the Hyundai A-League is Australia’s highest level football league. It succeeded the National Soccer League which ran for twenty eight seasons, beginning in 1977, before disbanding in 2004. In its twenty seven year history, a total of forty two teams featured in the National Soccer League, forty one of those from Australia, and one from New …

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Scout Report: Portugal

Background The Portuguese first division, the Primeira Liga, has been in establishment since 1934, and is currently in its 80th season. Before 1938, the Portuguese league was not considered the most important competition for club sides; it was in fact the Portuguese knock out cup that was more important, with the winner being crowned Portuguese Champions. The Portuguese top division …

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Scout Report: Sweden

Background The Swedish First Division, Allsvenskan, has been in its current format since 1924, after taking over from the Svenska Serien, the original Swedish First Division. In 2001, the Allsvenskan trophy was named the ‘Lennart Johanssons Pokal’, after the former UEFA President Lennart Johansson. Johansson held his post as UEFA President between 1990 and 2007, and is the longest serving …

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Scout Report: USA

Background Major League Soccer (MLS) is the highest level for professional football teams in the United States and Canada. The MLS concept was created in 1993 after FIFA requested that the United States establish a professional football league in order to host the 1994 World Cup, with the first season taking place in 1996. At this present moment, the MLS …

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Scout Report: Turkey

Background Turkey’s Super League (Super Lig) was founded in 1959, after a number of individual city-based leagues joined forces to create the national Super Lig. Of the sixteen teams that competed in the 1959 season, only Besiktas, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, and Genclerbirligi began the 2013-2014 season in the top flight. In recent times, the country has become an attractive destination for …

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Scout Report: Argentina

Background When Argentina is mentioned in a conversation, attention turns to the Argentine players that have lit up the world with incredible talent over the years. Alfredo Di Stefano played for Real Madrid in the 50’s and 60’s, Diego Maradona for Napoli in the 1980’s, and Lionel Messi is currently breaking record after record in the historic colours of Barcelona. …

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Scout Report: Ukraine

Background Before 1991, Ukraine was part of the USSR, and their domestic clubs played in the Soviet Championship. But since then, Ukraine has gained independence, and the Ukrainian Football Federation was formed, alongside the national league, The Supreme League. Then in 1996, The Supreme League joined forces with all the professional football leagues in Ukraine and together became members of …

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Scout Report: Denmark

Background The last 23 years has been a historical period for Danish football, internationally, and nationally. It was 22 years ago, in 1992, that the former domestic football championship was rebranded the Danish Superliga, and it’s been 21 years since the national side remarkably, against the odds, won the European Championships. The country has produced some of the world’s best …

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