|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Friday, 15 April 2016 10:33|
According to soccer betting gurus, the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League winner will be Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Manchester City. That is a 50% chance that the cup will remain in Spain – only in Madrid, where it belongs, instead of Barcelona.
Bayern Munich is the most successful German soccer team ever – locally and internationally. It is one of only four clubs to have won all three major European competitions as well as the last club to have won the UEFA Champions league three consecutive times, giving them the right to wear a multiple-winner badge during Champions League matches. However, that hat-trick took place 40 years ago, and they last won the trophy in 2013. Nonetheless, they are soccer betting favorites to win again in 2016 at the San Siro stadium in Milan on May 28th. Key players are Franck ‘Scarface’ Ribery, Arjen Robben, Xabi Alonso, Philipp Lam, and Thomas Mueller. They are managed by Spaniard Josep Guardiola.
Real Madrid is arguably the most successful, popular, and decorated soccer team in the history of the sport. They are also well known for being FC Barcelona’s b****. They are perennial soccer betting games favorites, but this status tends to go to their players’ heads – which are already distracted by all the money and fame that come with being merengue. Additionally, the administrative side of the club often makes head-scratching decisions such as letting go iconic goalkeeper Iker Casillas and replacing him with a fly-by-night, Johnny-come-lately wannabe. Important players include Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, and David Beckham-impersonator Cristiano Ronaldo.
Atletico Madrid comes from the wrong side of tracks when compared to Real Madrid. They are the third most popular and fourth most successful Spanish soccer team, behind Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Athletic Bilbao. They have won ten Liga cups, ten Copas del Rey, two Supercopas de España, two Europa Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, the 1974 Intercontinental Cup, and one European Cup Winners' Cup. However, they have yet to win the UEFA Champions League after coming the closest in 1974 and 2014. Some soccer betting experts believe this could be the year they go all the way.
Manchester City, like Disco, was big in the 70’s and has made sort of a comeback. They have won the League Championship, FA Cup, League Cup, European Cup Winners' Cup, and Premier League cup, as well as the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Like Atletico Madrid, though, they have never won the Champions League. If not the most storied of teams, it is at least one of the wealthiest after being purchased in 2008 by Abu Dhabi United Group. By 2014–15, they had the sixth-highest revenue of a soccer team with an annual revenue of €463.5 million, and were the world's fifth most valuable soccer team with an estimated valuation of $1.38 billion according to Forbes.