In a bid to compete against the top leagues across Europe that includes La Liga in Spain, English Premier League of England and Italian Series A, Netherlands and Belgium intend to start a super league.
The Super League that is being orchestrated by the president of Belgium’s strongest teams Club Brugge Bart Verhaeghe who believes that the league would have potential to compete with the best out there.
The league would be home to a combined 18 teams from both nations and they believe that with this kind of league, they could put some competition to leagues like the French Ligue 1 and German Bundesliga as Spain and England are currently far away.
Plans to merge the top flights of the two neighboring countries have been discussed in the past, but now a new format beginning in either 2020 or 2021 has been proposed as clubs in the two leagues look to grow their value and attract higher-calibre players.
But the president of Club Brugge, one of the heavyweights of the Belgian First Division, has now pulled back the curtain on his ambitious plan to create a new attractive league that can provide competition.
‘We are setting up a competition together with the Netherlands to reduce the gap to the five top European countries,’ Bart Verhaeghe said, speaking to French newspaper Le Monde.
‘Belgian football is waking up and has entered modernity. We could tap into a market of 28million people.
‘A new meeting is scheduled this week. The championship would consist of 18 clubs, eight of which come from Belgium.
‘It could all go very quickly. If it is not for next season, then without a doubt in the next two seasons.’
The Dutch Eredivisie is comprised of 18 teams, while the Jupiler Pro League has 16, meaning some teams would not make the cut for the new ‘BeNe’ division.
But the move could be crucial in ensuring Belgian clubs can attract higher quality talent and grow financially – something that can be achieved with the help of the Dutch top flight.
Verhaeghe insisted that the move is well underway, but may hinge on TV deals as well as a rumored European Super League that has long been under discussion.
‘The most important thing is that we are working on it, but we do not want to pin down on one or another deadline,’ he added.
‘The TV contract in Belgium will expire soon, but not yet in the Netherlands. These are things that we must take into account.
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