With the new World Club Cup from next year being a 24-team tournament like the World Cup for countries, and the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic bringing to full focus the amount of games players are playing and the need for safety in scheduling, Eirball takes a look at what could be a solution to the problem of a European Super League.
While reading the South American Football Yearbook 2020-2021 by Gabriel Mantz, available at Soccer Books Limited: http://www.soccer-books.com/ the author noticed that the Brazilian State League run alongside the Brazilian National Championship i.e teams take part in both, with the State Leagues taking up the first 2-3 months before the National Championship takes over.
Here is the suggestion for the possibility of a European Super League: that teams continue to play in their National League for the first 5-6 months, playing a 30-34 game schedule, and then the top teams play in a European Super League with two levels for the last 3 months. It is possible to have the 32 team format, teams could just be divided into 2 groups of 18 (36 teams) based on geography (North and South or East and West) and play a 17-game schedule with the top 8 of each group reaching a knockout phase played, like this summers Champions League, over the course of two weeks in a single host country, chosen beforehand. There could be relegation and promotion wthin the two levels. Eirball has stuck with EU countries for this line-up. Turkey and the CIS countries could also be involved.
Possible Line-Up for European Super League
|ESL North||ESL South|
|Liverpool FC||AC Milan|
|Bayern Munich||Real Madrid|
|Werder Bremen||FC Barcelona|
|Hertha Berlin||Sevilla FC|
|Borussia Dortmund||Atletico Madrid|
|AIK Stockholm||FC Porto|
|FC Cophenhagen||Sporting Clube de Benfica|
|Paris St. Germain||Austria Vienna|
|Olympique de Marseille||Ferencvaros|
|Ajax Amsterdam||AEK Athinai|
|Celtic Rangers||Red Star Belgrade|
|Legia Warsaw||Sparta Praha|
|Dublin City FC||CSKA Sofia|
|Grasshoppers Zurich||Slovan Bratislava|
Thanks to Cathal Gallagher, Gabriel McCloyne, Peter Lemass, Rose McCabe, Ciaran Simms, Gerry Tully, Paul Lynch, Paul Foley.
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Last Updated: 1 September 2020
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