Friday, 20 March 2009

UEFA and clubs have no plans for Super League

author: Darren Ennis
source: Reuters

date: 17 March 2009
editor: kamikaze kontiki

European soccer's governing body UEFA and the continent's top clubs have no plans to create a "Super League" to replace the Champions League and UEFA Cup. UEFA officials told Reuters a European Super League is a "non-starter" for their president Michel Platini, playing down media reports it was mulling plans for such a competition.

Platini was quoted by France Football as saying UEFA was prepared to discuss plans from European teams to create a continental league to replace the Champions League and UEFA Cup. Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport said the project also had some backing from within UEFA.

"He (Platini) is always open to dialogue and to look at ways of adapting and improving UEFA competitions in line with the times. But he has his own philosophy and beliefs about the game and one such belief is that he is dead set against a super league," a senior official close to Platini told Reuters. France Football quoted Platini as saying: "If it was up to me, I would revert to European Cups as they were at the beginning, with just knockout rounds. But we must listen carefully to any suggestion. If clubs come and talk to us, we would listen to them and then decide."

The French publication also said the ECA talked about a "Super League" during a meeting last week in Nyon, Switzerland. But a spokesman for the European Club Association said the organisation - representing 137 clubs - "is very happy with the existing European competitions. ECA regrets these unfounded rumours which can only damage the harmony in the European football family," he said after the ECA executive discussed media the reports at a meeting in Amsterdam on Tuesday. "We have never had any intention of implementing such a competition. We have never discussed it and it has never been on our agenda."

The Super League would be made up of three divisions with 20 to 22 clubs in each tier, the two newspapers said. Promotion and relegation would occur between the divisions each season. Gazzetta said the global economic crisis had prompted the often-mooted Super League idea to resurface but gave no indication over when advocates wanted the tournament to start.

"Nobody in UEFA is working on a super league. It simply has not been brought up as a matter," another UEFA official said. The official, with knowledge of a recent meeting of UEFA's strategy committee - comprising of representatives of the ECA, leagues, players and UEFA - also confirmed that the issue of a super league was not raised by the clubs at the meeting.

read the full and original article here

external links:
ECA website notice
Now is the Time for a European Super League

Read more:
Europe could approve FIFA's foreign player's limit
UEFA wants transfer ban for youth players
Proposal to limit spending on transfers and salaries


pep said...

I have only three words for Laporta in his function as vice-president of the European club's association:


Anonymous said...

It would be terrible if it were to happen. I think a majority of european fans would agree with me. All the rivalrys and the charm of the national leagues would dissapear and there would be ~10 good teams with 3-4 teams competing for the title.

Who would travel to away games each week when the destinations are Moscow, Donetsk, Bucharest, Milano, Munich, Paris, Barcelona, Vila-real, Liverpool etc.

It would completely destroy the little spirit left in football.

Anonymous said...

Money generated from the competition may completely covered the travelling costs SimonP, and I believe it is all about money when this idea was brought up in the first place. Imagine how much TV rights deal is if every weekend we host matches with the likes of Man U, Inter, RM, Liver, Bayern, and Roma.

Anonymous said...

So out of generosity the clubs would pay the travelling costs for their fans? And what about the smaller teams, they would surely not get as much in tv-income. For the big teams it would probably be a good thing, more income and playing against better teams but all the small teams would waste away.

Anonymous said...

One more thing:

What teams will play in the league? My guess is that they take in account the current rankings for the leagues meaning that we would get lots of teams from eastern europe, teams that aren't exactly interesting in a money aspect for the teams in the big leagues. Away games in Ukraine, Romania, Russia and Czech Repuplic every other week doesn't sound too appealing. It would also take away the spark from the big games since they will occur very often.

Anonymous said...

I think that the people would lose their interest after 1-2 superleague seasons. It would be boring watching Inter vs MUtd again and again...+it would lower the interest in football all around Europe - for smaller teams, it's dream to play against famous club in CL.

Anonymous said...

Thank god.

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