Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Why A ‘European Premier League’ Is A Bad Idea

It has been announced that Liverpool and Manchester United are planning talks to join a ‘European Premier League’.

There is said to be a £4.6 billion package to help draw this up and it is has been supported by FIFA. There are plans for a ‘European Premier League’ to begin as early as 2022.

This would cause the big six to potentially break away from the Premier League to join a European Premier League with teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and the two Milan clubs.

Affect On The Domestic Leagues

This would also result in the top leagues all being devalued. If the ‘Big Six’ all left the Premier League, this would see Everton and Leicester battling for the title every season. It would see Atlético Madrid winning La Liga most years. It would make winning the top leagues less of an achievement.

Diego Godin celebrating with the La Liga trophy. They were the first team since 2004 to win the league who weren’t Barcelona or Real Madrid.

When Leicester won the Premier League back in 2016, it was special. One of the main reasons it was such a fairytale was because they beat the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Arsenal to the title. They were 5000/1 to win the league before the start of the season.

Leicester celebrating their Premier League win.

Removing these clubs from the Premier League would turn the league into one similar to the Championship. If you win it, it would not be seen with as much value as it once was.

I watched a Youtube video on the ‘Kick Off’ channel where they talked about this. They also talked about the fact that the Champions League is a spectacle whereas if the European Premier League were to take place, it would make playing the likes of Bayern Munich seem normal.

As a Liverpool fan, I get excited when the club get drawn in the Champions League against the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona. It is very rare that Liverpool get to play at the Nou Camp or the Bernabéu.

Liverpool players walking out during their Champions League tie against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu in 2009.

As it would with fans of Man United, Man City and Chelsea, it would kill the excitement of seeing your team play at a ground your team has only played in a handful of times.

Having your team play in the Bernabéu, Parc des Princes or Nou Camp every year would ruin the romance of these games.

Marcus Rashford in action for Manchester United against PSG last night in the Champions League.

The sport is already being affected by VAR and this would certainly be another step in the direction of ruining the ‘Beautiful Game’.

The old saying goes, ‘If it aint broke, don’t fix it’. You could make this argument for the sport. 5-10 years ago, the sport had everything spot on. For some reason, football has decided to try and kill a winning formula year by year.

First, there was announcing a winter World Cup. There has been rules changed every year, leading to more confusion for fans. VAR was called for by the fans and media, which we can all take account for. However, this has not worked. Now there is talk of a European Champions League.

Qatar being announced as the hosts of the 2022 World Cup.

Gary Neville has been vocal on the talks of a European Super League, quoted to say that he feels this would drive fans away. I cannot help but agree with this viewpoint.

The likes of FIFA, UEFA and all the top European League should have all got together in 2009 or 2010 and agreed that nothing should change. However, now there are talks of a FIFA backed European League, this will potentially replace the UEFA Champions League. This could cause a real battle between FIFA and UEFA.

For me, this idea would play a significant part in turning fans away from the sport that they love. This would really show how money is all that matters for clubs at the top.

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