Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is not in favor of the Super League. However, an overhaul of the Champions League model seems necessary to him.
Following the proposal of the Super League project, initiated by the leaders of the Real Madrid, from Juventus de Turin and you FC Barcelona, various bosses of major European clubs have given their opinions on the Champions League. Many believe that competition needs to be reformed. Including Aurelio De Laurentiis, President of Naples and producer in the film industry. These words, recorded by the Daily Mail, suggest that the Italian leader has a plan. He would like to advocate sporting merit for C1 qualifications and would propose an endowment plan of up to 10 billion euros.
« The system is no longer functioning. The Champions League and the Europa League do not generate enough income for the clubs to justify participating in them (…) This is why the clubs must talk to each other to offer a more modern and more lucrative tournament for everyone . We need to reduce the number of matches by reducing the size of the top divisions across Europe. In addition, we are creating a European league with a democratic entry system, based on what the teams achieve in their national competitions, continues Aurelio De Laurentiis. I examined a project ready to bring 10 billion euros to European football, but we need a will and total independence. »
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— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) September 15, 2021
The plan: to seduce young people again
The issues surrounding the relationship to technology among new generations have been legion for several months. For the boss of Napoli, it is necessary to find ways to seduce future football consumers, because otherwise the industry will fall.
« 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 the center of our lives. My research tells me that people between the ages of 8 and 25 have stopped watching football and prefer to play with smartphones, they have totally transformed our children. I’m not saying that the habit of watching live football in a stadium is going to go away, but now we have the ‘virtual stadium’, which can attract billions of people to play against each other. Who knows if we’ll be able to get them back on the path to the world’s biggest and most influential sport? »
Among the rule changes mentioned in recent months: 60-minute matches, unlimited changes, yellow cards temporarily excluding the player from the field or the possibility of playing kicks. This last idea was notably supported by Arsène Wenger. Anyway, let’s take advantage of the possible last « classic » matches before all these reforms.
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