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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old September 4th, 2014, 08:37 Thread Starter
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According to UEFA professional football could disappear in 40 European countries over the next 10 years ... based on UEFA's research in 2012 (when the women's BeNe League started). Before our clubs weren't allowed because the Germans were afraid a bigger competitor would slow down their growth. Now a men's BeNe League is being encouraged ... also in other countries that can't benefit from economy of scale or prevent eyeballs from watching the EPL, BL, la Liga, etc. instead of their domestic league.

Besides a stronger league with more competition and more money, I feel that we need to hold onto our top young talents while attracting players from abroad that can add to our club's squads. De Boer saying that he can easily pay 30M but can't find a player to move to Ajax is telling ... when you compare the expenditure of Belgian or Dutch clubs with England's Championship, Qatari clubs, etc. our situation looks bleak.

PS Cruyff's plan was to keep players at Ajax until they turn 23 ... seems optimistic ... I'm already amazed that the most expensive minor in world football, Tielemans (17yo during this season), still remains at Anderlecht ... with Januzaj, Musonda, Tielemans, Praet, Bruno, Bossaerts, Denayer, ... even Lukaku (21yo) you could have built a great squad ... one that gifted players from Belgium and beyond our borders will want to be a part of ... yet every year that we postpone the BeNe League, we lose ground and our clubs will only become less attractive to join.

PPS for clubs that are already struggling a BeNe League lower division can also help. The handball BeNe league seems to provide a viable environment for struggling clubs ... while the Dutch and Belgian women are showing the way in football.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old September 6th, 2014, 05:37
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We actually discussed the possibility of a Men's BeNe League - in the Dutch forum - a couple of years ago and we came up with the following issues (if you can be bothered reading through it ):

https://www.xtratime.org/forum/showthread.php?t=270516

I for one agree with you that something needs to change but i don't think the BeNe League is the answer. If we want our clubs to be truly competitive in Europe then we need to think bigger!

A regional Northern European League with the likes of Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV (Netherlands); Anderlecht, Brugge and Standard (Belgium); Celtic and Rangers when they truly bounce back in a couple of seasons (Scotland); Brondby and Copenhagen (Denmark) and teams like Salzburg (Austria) and Basel (Switzerland) who both have really outgrown their domestic leagues; is the only thing that is really worth implementing.

There are already successful European regional leagues in both Handball (SEHA League) and Basketball (Liga ABA and VTB League) so it can work in football as well!

The BeNe League has been successful for Women's football but Men's football is just so much more competitive and it won't improve the level of play drastically while it will disadvantage middle range clubs in both countries more than it would benefit the big ones. And as for the handball BeNe League - come on - do the Netherlands and Belgium even play handball?
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