Why Betting on European Soccer is So Profitable

Most sports fans have a passion for one sport more than any other. Whether it’s American Football, Baseball or Basketball, there’s usually one sport that you follow and enjoy watching more than anything else. However, not all sporting events are made equal. Some are clearly more lucrative than others and offer incredible opportunities to bet on. One such sport is European soccer, and thanks to the unprecedented growth of the sport across the continent, there are now lucrative betting opportunities on the beautiful game.

Thanks to the exponential growth in popularity of the sport across the continent, there are now some amazing betting opportunities on European soccer. Whether you like to bet on the fortunes of individual teams or prefer to bet on the outcome of matches, there are plenty of exciting markets available throughout the year.

World Cup Winners and More

It’s fair to say that European soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, thanks in large part to the success of Germany’s national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. With Germany winning the World Cup for the second time in their history, soccer fans were treated to yet another unforgettable tournament. For those who enjoyed betting on the World Cup, there were interesting opportunities awaiting. The most profitable World Cup for betting was in fact the 2014 tournament in Brazil, with Germany and Brazil matched in the final. With the odds favouring Germany, the home team won the bet with bookmakers offering odds as short as 1.90. It was a real nail-biter until the dying moments, when Germany secured a second-half brace of goals and the winning margin of A+L+A equalled that of the World Cup final four years earlier. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Joachim Loew’s men were the better team on the day, even though they lost the bet.

Aside from World Cups, there are also the Euros, which serve as the European counterpart to the Olympics, and the Copa America, which is the South American equivalent of the World Cup. Interestingly, the World Cup and the Euros do not necessarily have to be played in the same year. For example, Spain and Italy have not always qualified for the finals of the European Cup, which was launched in 1972, so both these teams had to wait until 1988 to do so. Even more remarkable is that in some occasions, for example in 2004, the World Cup was played while the Euros were taking place. This is because of the rotating schedule of the European teams, who play other matches during the year, so that they can focus on the major tournaments each season.

The UEFA EURO 2020 tournament will be the 39th edition of Europe’s premier sporting event and the third edition of the EURO under the current format. It is expected to attract global audiences and serve as a major platform for European soccer. UEFA’s president, Aleksander Ceferin, said in January that the tournament would be “one of the biggest events ever” due to the rotating squad restrictions. The final will be played at the San Siro in Milan, which hosted the World Cup Final nearly 80 years ago. This will be the third time that Milan has staged a World Cup Final, having done so in 1934 and 1985. It will also be the first time that the city has hosted the event in the Champions League era.

Increasing Popularity For European Soccer

It’s well known that soccer is increasing in popularity across the world, with the United Nations estimating that there are now over 4.2 billion players worldwide. This figure is expected to reach 6.0 billion by the year 2040. What’s not widely known is just how big of a role betting plays in fueling this popularity. The match-fixing scandal that marred the 2018 World Cup made tabloid headlines around the world, but it was definitely a case of the pot calling the kettle black. The German authorities are now looking into allegations that some German teams fixed matches during the World Cup, which is sure to have a domino effect on the future of German soccer. However, it’s important to remember that match-fixing is quite common in various sports, with cricket seemingly the most popular sport to engage in such practices. In fact, according to a report in The Guardian, over the last 45 years, 11 of the 12 World Cups have seen at least one incident of match-fixing. This is a huge issue that soccer has to face, and it’s clear that the game is in need of a complete overhaul. However, with television rights set to rise from £534 million in 2018 to £610 million in 2022, hopefully this will provide some relief for soccer’s big earnings gap.

Attracting International Audiences

International audiences are now being drawn to European soccer due to the game’s ever-increasing popularity back home. In 2018, there were 17.5 million English spectators at international soccer matches, a 17% increase on the previous year. This was mainly down to the world-class form of the English national team, who won the UEFA Nations League for the second time in three years. Naturally, many of England’s games were televised in other parts of the world, providing attractive viewing for fans of European soccer. In fact, since 2008, the year of the start of the European Championship, the international television audience for the competition has grown by 69%. During the 2018 competition, there were 20.7 million viewers worldwide, 14.3 million in Europe and 6.4 million in the rest of the world, as compared to 12.2 million in 2012. So while English soccer may be experiencing a golden period right now, with the success of the national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it’s clear that the game’s popularity lies across the continent. In the coming years, international fans may flock to European soccer as its competitive edge and world-class infrastructure continue to draw the interest of audiences around the globe.