the president of Naples, Aurelio De Laurentiis, gave an interview to Dailymail. Proposing a European Superliga with a democratic bias, he unveiled a plan to reshape European football and improve the financial lives of clubs. According to the agent, the current scenario is no longer viable for the teams.
“The system no longer works. THE Champions it’s at Europa League they do not generate enough income for clubs to justify participating in them. To be competitive, you need top players. This means that you need to spend money – and awarding European competitions is not enough”, he declared.
“We need to reduce the number of games by reducing the size of Europe’s top divisions. We also have to create a European league with a democratic access system, based on what teams have achieved in national competitions. I studied a project to bring 10 billion euros (BRL 62.1 billion) to European football, but we need disposition and total independence”, he added.
The “democratic system” cited by De Laurentiis is in line with the initial proposal of the 12 clubs that announced the creation of the European Superliga in April of this year. The competition, which was canceled a few days later after criticism from various parties, would have the participation of almost all teams on a fixed basis. Thus, it would not take into account, exactly, the performance of emerging teams in national leagues, for example.
However, the president of Napoli and the creators of the Superliga have a common vision: that European football today is unsustainable and, therefore, there is a need for reform. In addition, both parties understand that there is low interest among young people in sport – something that would also justify the proposed reformulation.
“If we don’t change the rules of the game and make it a better show, young people will abandon us and football will no longer be central to our lives. My research says that people between eight and 25 years old have stopped watching football and prefer to use their smartphones”, pointed out Aurelio De Laurentiis.
He concluded: “I’m not saying that the habit of watching football live in the stadium will die, but now we have the ‘virtual stadium’ which can attract billions of people to play against each other. Who knows if we can bring them back to the greatest and most influential sport in the world?”
With 100% success after three rounds, Napoli comes from win against Juventus and occupies the 3rd position of the Italian Championship. The team led by Luciano Spalletti returns to the field next Monday, at 15:45 (GMT), when they face Udinese away from home.
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