Belgium and Holland consider a single joint league

first_imgWhy earn 80 million euros and can earn 400? Teams from the Netherlands and Belgium have raised that issue to their respective federations with a proposal that, if carried out, will revolutionize European football from 2025. Six clubs of the Eredivisie (Ajax, PSV, AZ Alkmaar, Utrecht, Feyenoord and Vitesse) and five of the Jupiler Pro League (Genk, Bruges, Gent, Anderlecht and Standard Liege) have commissioned the consultant Deloitte a report to calculate the impact economic that would unify both leagues in a single competition and the conclusion is that a future Beneliga would generate about 400 million euros for television rights. Currently, both do not reach 80 million in revenue from the retransmissions of their parties.This merger would make the new competition the sixth most economically powerful league in the continent, behind LaLiga, Premier, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1, something that, in theory, would cause a level rise in Dutch and Belgian football that, in turn, would have an impact on the participation of clubs from both countries in continental tournaments. Ajax and Bruges, for example, have asked several times in recent years for more prominence in the Champions League for minor league clubs since today, the Eredivisie and Jupiler Pro champions have to play the previous one. In fact, the Dutch champion is one of the most positioned clubs in favor of the creation of a new Super League or, failing that, the reform of the European Cup. “We cannot ignore the new reality. Sooner or later, there will be a European Super League with matches between Bayern and Madrid on Sundays.”, Said Bart Verhaeghe, sports director of Bruges to the newspaper Kicker. The proposed project consists of a league of 18 teams (ten from the Netherlands and eight from Belgium) with an independent ascent and descent system, in which each country would have its own Second Division, being the champions of these those who replaced the last classified of each country in First the following season.For Beneliga to come true, the agreement of all First and Second clubs of both countries is needed, something that seems difficult since teams like Sparta Rotterdam and Twente, among others, have already positioned themselves against. Even so, the approach of the eleven clubs involved in the project is that the new competition begins to be played from 2025, so there is room to maneuver and reach possible agreements in the future.last_img read more