European Super League an inevitability
The possibility of Europe’s biggest clubs leaving local leagues and playing in a new European league on a weekly basis – which I’m sure they’d label ‘super’ something, such is the lack of imagination in people – is gaining new momentum.
It’s also inevitable for the good of the game.
We recently saw Liverpool’s outburst – like a cranky little spoiled brat sick of sharing his toys with the poor kids – asking that TV revenue go to the big clubs because they generate the interest.
This is what they do in Spain, where Real Madrid and Barcelona take all the money and run without question. I was appalled at the statement, as I hate that Spanish model, with the end effect an inevitable two horse monopoly – a perfect manifestation of Karl Marx’s capitalistic prediction.
But then I thought, well, what’s the alternative?
Most national leagues now suffer from permanent predictability like a chronic disease anyway. And it is permanent, this is not your imagination.
This local league/capitalist mix format has simply matured now and outgrown itself.
The only thing exciting about the EPL these days is the Man City attempt at the big time. I find it interesting. Like Chelsea a few years ago, it’s due to some absurdly rich guy messiah injecting his play lunch money, and that is the only hope for interest the capitalist model as it stands has to offer.
So for more exciting things we have to wait for Bill Gates to get sick of trying to cure malaria and decide to spend his squillions on people who can kick a ball well. Otherwise, its just a big permafrost from here on in.
Alternatively, the financial plan goes bust and a Chelsea collapses, Leeds United like. That’s about the excitement you can expect.
Otherwise, get excited about whether Manchester United will come first or second until you die. Personally, as a Man United fan even, I’m struggling to do that.
Unfortunately for me, I find permanent predictability in sport very dull. Some don’t seem to mind it, but it’s all contrived and they are just pretending to find it interesting such is their lust to view sport.
Basically every national league is on a one way street to boredom-ville, that is fact, not opinion.
For hope we could wish for a communist revolution, A-League style, but that won’t happen.
We could argue about tradition and just settle for the permafrost effect – too dull.
We could place our hope in the Champions League in current format. But it’s tired, too sporadic time wise, and the good teams don’t play each other often enough in that ultimately Cup style competition format, more suited to tennis really.
In fact, the current Champions League season is a display of what Liverpool are warning against if they aren’t provided more revenue.
Madrid and Barcelona are clearly better than the rest, and this will turn to permafrost if others don’t move to compete with their insane wealth.
Most clubs basically are already just feeder clubs for the two Spanish monsters, and this needs to change somehow.
If nothing changes, European football will be as predictable as the ocean, where little fish get eaten by bigger fish, and then this shark comes along. Hmmm, what will happen next? How exciting.
The only hope of competition is to let these big clubs go, or even kick them out. Set them free. Let them play with each others Rolls Royce, and eat the others children should one get slightly poorer.
I think it’d be great to see Man United play AC Milan on a regular basis, genuine competition. Things have to evolve and it seems the obvious evolution.
But the plus is, rather than destroying local competitions, it may revitalise them.
The national leagues could adopt a sort of socialist policy of equity and enjoy a more even competition, which I’m sure the fans would like, follow and attend, while the others enjoy their European capitalistic super orgy, and let’s see what happens.
Why not? The current system is not really believable anymore.