Alternative leagues to watch in the 2017/18 season

Should you ever get tired of watching La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga and the Premier League, here are a few other leagues that may whet your football appetite:

Chinese Super League

Although still in its embryonic stages, the big-spending Chinese Super League is certainly a spectacle to behold.

The much-reported transfer dealings of the astronomically rich clubs in the competition has already captured the attention of Europe's fans, and now it's up to the football to do the talking.

Already leading the charge at the top of the table are current champions Guangzhou Evergrande, narrowly followed by Andre-Villas Boas' and the currently banned Oscar's Shanghai SIPG.

Major League Soccer

The MLS, once the highly-paid graveyard of previously god-like midfielders, has now become an increasingly popular sporting institution in the United States.

Not only is the League currently in full-swing, but teams from the competition have also recently entertained some of Europe's elite on their pre-season tours.

Leading their respective regional divisions at present are Sporting KC in the West, and Toronto FC in the East.

UAE Arabian Gulf League

Although suffering with periodically low attendances, the Emirati League is a growing franchise.

The cash-rich clubs from the Arabian Peninsula are still able to attract big-names, the most recent of which being former Real Madrid outcast Lassana Diarra, who signed for current champions Al Jazira in July this year.

The club will be looking to build upon their title-winning season when the upcoming term starts in September, and will also be hoping to progress further in the AFC Champions League - the Asian equivalent of the UEFA tournament we all know and love.

Super Lig

To say football is taken seriously in Turkey is a massive understatement.

As many fans will know, the Turkish League is a cauldron of passion, pride, excitement and high-octane football. Rivalries are intense to say the least, and any team visiting there during the upcoming European campaign should be careful not to be blown away by the atmosphere.

Besiktas lifted the coveted title last season, and it would be a safe bet to say their Istanbul based rivals, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, will be out for revenge come kick-off in mid-August.

Primeira Liga

The Portuguese League has been the haunt of many a talented player in the past, and looks set to continue to be for a long time.

The world loved Benfica's title celebrations last season, and hopes for more similar antics when the campaign begins in early August.

Benfica, Sporting C.P and F.C Porto will all be out to compete in both the Primeira Liga and the Champions League this season - where the likes of Porto's veteran keeper Iker Casillas will be on show.

Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A

Having produced players such as Pele, Ronaldinho and Neymar in years gone by, the Brazilian league is a hub of raw talent and energy - remaining the most popular league outside the traditional 'big five' based in Europe.

As with all countries in South America, football is huge in everyday life and games and rivalries are often heated. The competition kicked-off in May and is due to end in December.

As it stands, Corinthians have a healthy lead, but as anyone who has watched a Brazilian domestic game will tell you, expect the unexpected.

Russian Premier League

Although occasionally overlooked due to the recent mediocre performance of its teams in the Champions League, Russia's premier competition is one of the most contested in Europe.

Four teams can realistically win the title every year, and with Roberto Mancini now at the helm of Zenit St. Petersburg, previous winners Spartak Moscow will be in for a challenge.

Well-financed and well-supported, the Russian Premier League also plays host to quality players such as CSKA stalwart Igor Akinfeev and Zenit striker Artem Dzyuba. The season began in July this year, and lasts until late May 2018.