Just A Thought: The Global Super League

Okay, suspension of disbelief for just a second here.

Not sure why he's pointing at the sky here.....he's the deity on the pitch.

Also, let’s forget about a little thing called the Champion’s League.

I’m taking a fleeting glance here at another Lionel Messi Master Class here as Barca digs a heal into the necks of the Yellow Submarine’s fans Yesterday it was Manchester United with a clinical dismantling of Arsenal and Manchester City running rampant over the Rednapps.

Given Joshua Wells article on ECA and UEFA and let’s just say Champion’s League–bear with this stretch–rewards teams only really when they score on the road, what about–I told you this was a stretch–a global super league? Who doesn’t want to Real-Barca each week or Manchester United vs. Man City.
A ginormous war of attrition where each weekend there is no weakling.
Just for fun. Who would be in that league?
Let’s just eschew “selection criteria” for a second.
Here’s a thought.
Each year 10 teams come into the GSL.
They give up their current league affiliation and just play themselves for enormous tv contracts and all the fame (infamy for some) in the world.
Here’s the catch. Two teams are relegated; two teams replace them each year and the promoted teams–however they come to be–get the revenues that the relegated teams were supposed to from the year earlier.
Who’s in that league *this year*? Who’s getting relegated from it?

Would this guy be leading the GSL in scoring right now?

Here’s an idea of a ten in no particular order:

Manchester United
Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain
Manchester City
AC Milan
Who’s on the outside looking in?
Bayer Lerkusen
Bayern Munich
Inter Milan
Who gets relegated? Imagine the player movement.
Ok, headed over to bribe Sepp.

23 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alex on 2011/08/29 at 4:51 PM

    Excellent idea. Also place a minimum revenue cap, minimum spending about cap, and a minimum player salary cap (all at ridiculously high amounts)


    • Posted by dth on 2011/08/29 at 9:00 PM

      Minimum player salary cap? Mmm-hmm. Try maximum.

      “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”

      Well, lower prices. But same idea.


      • Posted by Alex on 2011/08/29 at 9:47 PM

        But max would be setting a limit on the amount a player can make. Clearly these players would deserve Eto’o salaries or better


        • Posted by dth on 2011/08/29 at 10:23 PM

          Deserves? In what sense? In a cosmic sense? Difficult to say. Relative to current standards? Sure.

          But, since it’s the executives of the big clubs would be driving this, they would be asking themselves this:
          “Uh, so, we’re going to form a super league. Make a lot of money.”
          “Who’s this money going to go to?”
          “Uh…the players, right?”
          “We’re going to have to stop this.”

          So, yeah, salary cap for cost certainty. Also, no promotion/relegation. And dare everyone to stop you.


          • Posted by Alex on 2011/08/30 at 12:06 AM

            Oh, most of what I’m saying is sarcastic sorry if i didn’t clarify that. But this entire post is a bit of satire right?


  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/08/29 at 4:55 PM


    And get this. Each team could have ten home games, ten away games and 10 games in stadia that bid on hosting a series.


    • Posted by Sam on 2011/08/29 at 9:01 PM

      So 10 games at home, 10 on the road and 10 in Qatar?


      • I’m with Sam on this. Bidding may not be the best way to chose where to host it.

        Let’s just be realistic in our completely hypothetical wonder league. 10 games at home, 10 games away, and 10 games here in the States, because seriously it’s about making stupid amounts of money and monster t.v. contracts. The 20 home and away games would mostly be in Europe because that’s where the big teams are going to be from. Now aside from Europe which countries have massive stadiums, spend stupid amounts of money on sports, and have monster t.v. contracts. I think the choice is obvious, and I’m being selfish and I want to see these games in person without having to fly across the world.


  3. Posted by Alex on 2011/08/29 at 6:13 PM

    Somewhere in FIFA’s secret evil underground lair Sepp Blatter was trolling the internet and then had a very icky accident. Are you happy Matthew? Are you??


  4. only interested if swansea’s in tbh


  5. Posted by Soccernst on 2011/08/29 at 8:57 PM

    One less English team and one Brazilian team please, you know just to push the suspension of disbelief into a colloid of disbelief.


    • Posted by EFG on 2011/08/30 at 6:19 AM

      Having a non-European team wouldn’t work logistically…but I like where your head is at.


      • Posted by Soccernst on 2011/08/30 at 8:12 AM

        brazillians would train at the airport. I’ve seen it done on tv. And perhaps the could learn to play the beatiful game correctly– practicing route one tactics inside their double decker emirates airbus.


      • Posted by Alex on 2011/08/30 at 3:09 PM

        Well if its a GLOBAL Super League, the teams have to come from everywhere. Throw some J-League teams in there too? Gotta represent Asia as well.


    • Posted by Duck on 2011/08/30 at 2:05 PM

      Haha, like the chemistry reference there.


  6. Posted by TrentTheLSUTiger on 2011/08/29 at 9:23 PM

    Wouldn’t be even slightly interested in this. Am I the only one?


    • Posted by Guest on 2011/08/29 at 10:27 PM

      Yes. The only one.


    • Posted by Soccernst on 2011/08/30 at 8:19 AM

      I’m with you. The salaries and prestige would make for reality tv antics all over the field. Men simply cannot be expected to behave themseves when the world says they are worth $$$$$$$. sadly this probably make it even more likely to bs popular.


  7. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/08/30 at 7:07 AM

    I am guessing that this league is constructed from “as of now” positions and not from the standings from the end of last season?

    I would also increase the bench to 10 players, so the stockpiling is easier!


  8. Posted by Kevin on 2011/08/30 at 1:48 PM

    Well this couldn’t possibly happen due to the inevitable inclusion of an uneven number of teams in the GSL from each country, so the domestic leagues would be collateral damage. Far too much restructuring from top to bottom would have to occur to support the change.

    For example, teams trying to get promoted from the championship would have to wait for the result of the GSL to see if any relegated teams were english and thus rejoining the EPL, and additionally whether either of the two top teams from a champions league format qualifying tournament for the GSL were english or not. This would then have a ripple effect all throughout the many english league tiers, all hanging on the results of a game played between potentially non-english teams. The FA would lose their minds.

    Not to mention the massive tv contracts that the GSL would command would then drive down the value of the domestic league tv contracts in a way that the current champions league format doesn’t, due to the removal of the big brand teams altogether. It would become less and less appealing for wealthy investors to financially support domestic league teams, lessening the chances of them ever reaching the GSL before the superpower teams looted all of their good players.

    In the end, the same 20 odd teams would play eachother endlessly in an increasingly boring and pointless competition, while the real heart and soul of football would be killed off along with domestic competition.

    No thanks.


  9. Posted by Josh on 2011/09/02 at 12:04 AM

    Let’s destroy Costa Rica.


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