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BeNeLiga - a joint Belgian & Dutch league to come soon?

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The possible arrival of the BeNeLiga is another step closer. The major clubs in the Netherlands and Belgium came to an agreement in main points on Thursday at a meeting in Eindhoven.

The six largest clubs from the Netherlands (Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord, AZ, Vitesse and FC Utrecht) and five from Belgium (Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Standard Luik, KAA Gent and KRC Genk) were present at the meeting. In a joint press release they report that there are similarities on the most important points.

The BeNeLiga, which should consist of ten Dutch and eight Belgian clubs, can start in 2025 at the earliest. Until that summer, the FOX Sports contract with the Eredivisie runs.

After extensive research, consultancy firm Deloitte issued a positive opinion on the merger of the Dutch and Belgian competitions. According to Deloitte, there are significantly greater financial and sporting opportunities, which also trickle down to the national divisions that have to continue without top clubs.

The plans assume a competition with ten Dutch and eight Belgian clubs. A promotion / relegation scheme will be introduced to the domestic competitions.

With the BeNeLiga, the clubs want to compete with the five top European competitions (England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France).

The clubs will work out the plans together with the KNVB, KBVB and Eredivisie CV football associations. In addition, there will be a study among supporters to test Deloitte's findings.

https://www.tellerreport.com/sports/2020-01-23---major-clubs-in-the-netherlands-and-belgium-broadly-agree-on-beneliga-.BJ7UYwtwb8.html

 

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Interesting concept. Might help with competitiveness with Club Brugge playing and competing with the likes of Ajax. Belgian League right now looks so disjointed. Not that I follow it too much but the difference in points in the table is massive across the board. 

Think it takes a long time to compete with the big five Leagues across Europe though. They'll continue to grow at an alarming rate but perhaps together they can be quicker in closing the gap. 

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9 minutes ago, Stan said:

Interesting concept. Might help with competitiveness with Club Brugge playing and competing with the likes of Ajax. Belgian League right now looks so disjointed. Not that I follow it too much but the difference in points in the table is massive across the board. 

Think it takes a long time to compete with the big five Leagues across Europe though. They'll continue to grow at an alarming rate but perhaps together they can be quicker in closing the gap. 

Not sure how it will affect the smaller clubs that will remain in their respective domestic leagues though. With most of the money and interest shifting to the new joint league, domestic leagues will become second tier championships and will probably struggle with generating revenue?

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No to this. It would begin encouraging a "European Superleague" and I don't think anyone wants that.

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Seems like a good idea for them, the big boys from there will be able to compete in the UCL and EL with less of a disadvantage compared to the top 4 leagues deriving from a stronger financial position.

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Not very traditional but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to survive in this day and age, adapt or die. If the league brings in higher revenue streams to the clubs in it then fair play, thinking outside of the box.

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10 hours ago, Vader said:

No to this. It would begin encouraging a "European Superleague" and I don't think anyone wants that.

How? 

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A joint Cup competition seems more interesting to me

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Wellington phoenix being in the A-league has created an oceanic superleage. Next american samoa will be in on it!

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10 hours ago, Stan said:

How? 

As far as I know, we've never had a league merger like this before. I feel this could encourage others to do so. 

Sure there is the MLS and A-League but I see those more as invitees. Since those clubs in Canada and New Zealand were never a part of another league to begin with. 

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25 minutes ago, Vader said:

As far as I know, we've never had a league merger like this before. I feel this could encourage others to do so. 

Sure there is the MLS and A-League but I see those more as invitees. Since those clubs in Canada and New Zealand were never a part of another league to begin with. 

There'll be so much backing against a Super League in Europe that they may be encouraged to consider it but it will never happen. 

It can work with smaller league(s) close in proximity to each other... 

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2 hours ago, Stan said:

There'll be so much backing against a Super League in Europe that they may be encouraged to consider it but it will never happen. 

It can work with smaller league(s) close in proximity to each other... 

Let's hope for our sake, you're right.

I get that we are advancing in technology, but I think football really needs to keep it's tradition. No one is complaining or asking for a superleague, so why would they need to change it?

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2 minutes ago, Vader said:

Let's hope for our sake, you're right.

I get that we are advancing in technology, but I think football really needs to keep it's tradition. No one is complaining or asking for a superleague, so why would they need to change it?

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I am just catching up on this. 

Very interesting idea, and I'd be all for it. 

These two are probably my favorite European countries to visit (along with Denmark), and Brugge was one of those cities I always thought I could live in. 

Would love for them to get more backing and be able to play the big teams from Netherlands AND get an additional revenue stream. 

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