If this happens it will be good for the sport in Greece, although it's nota quick fix as most people seem to think its going to be. Untill it happens ill remain optimistic.Greece set for Super League
Tue 21 Feb, 7:09 PM
ATHENS (AFP) - Greek sports undersecretary Georgos Orfanos said that he will soon press parliament to approve legislation aimed at creating a 16-team Super League starting next season.
The announcement came after Orfanos met with representatives of top Greek clubs pushing for the new circuit.
"The closing of the gap between big and small teams, the support of second division clubs and the facing of violence in the sport are to be dealt with within the framework of the new league," said Orfanos.
"I am convinced that the leaders of the major teams are working for a better future for Greek soccer."
Eleven of the 16 teams currently in the Greek first division have already approved the creation of the new league.
Creators of the league say they will proceed with its founding even if the other five teams, including Salonica's powerful PAOK club, do not agree on joining it.
"I am certain that the Super League will begin next season, even without the other clubs that do not show interest. Those teams will have to explain to their supporters why they do not want to join," Xanthi FC owner and the originator of the proposed league, Christos Panopoulos, told a press conference.
The organizing committee of the planned league are expected to meet Thursday with the five teams not participating so far in order to get their backing.
The league is backed by the three major clubs Olympiakos Piraeus, AEK Athens and Panathinaikos Athens.
"Today is a significant day for Greek soccer and now what remains is creating the legal status of the league," said Petros Kokkalis, vice president of current league leaders Olympiakos.
The new league proposes a bonus of 150,000 euros for teams that advance to the Super League from the lower division and the same bonus for teams that are demoted.
The top four divisions of Greek professional soccer are today under the jurisdictions of the Greek Professional Soccer Club Owners Association.