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For much of Europe, soccer season is again a battle for second place

For much of Europe, soccer season is again a battle for second place

European soccer’s top leagues have been ruled by super clubs for much of the past decade.

Bayern Munich has won the past five Bundesliga titles in Germany, Juventus has captured the past six crowns in Italy’s Serie A, and Barcelona and Real Madrid have combined to win 12 of the past 13 championships in Spain’s La Liga.

In France, Paris Saint-Germain won four straight Ligue 1 titles before finishing second last season. Ownership responded by spending more than $600 million to lure Neymar away from Spain, an investment that figures to bring the trophy back to Paris.

Only in the English Premier League, which has had four different champions in the past five years, has there...

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