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MSantoine
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Monday October 14, 2013 7:55pm

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It came out that UEFA is deciding that as a way to help regulate player participation in international competitions that they may look into forming a nations league for friendlies. They would pair teams in groups of 6-8 and pit them against each other. They would have pro/rel amongst the nations to put them in different groups periodically. It is a really cool concept but it seems to me like a way for Euorpe to try to keep more money to themselves. Now you will no longer get to see US take on any euro teams in friendlies (could be a good thing if it opens up more South American friendlies) but gone will be the opportunity to take on France, Germany, Spain, or England.

skangles
DC
Post #2
Monday October 14, 2013 9:47pm

Joined Jan 2013
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What's the point of this strategy. European teams play each other in Groups non-stop between World Cup and Euro qualifiers, do they really need Friendly groups? Some of the intra-euro friendlies get scheduled for rivalry purposes e.g. England vs Scotland. Why should European teams miss the opportunities for these rivalries and testing themselves against global competition?

MSantoine
Post #3
Tuesday October 15, 2013 1:36am

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from skangles

What's the point of this strategy. European teams play each other in Groups non-stop between World Cup and Euro qualifiers, do they really need Friendly groups? Some of the intra-euro friendlies get scheduled for rivalry purposes e.g. England vs Scotland. Why should European teams miss the opportunities for these rivalries and testing themselves against global competition?


The reason is $$$. They pretty much said they want to do it to create a tv deal to sell all euro friendlies. Every year they would crown a European Champion. Countries ant to make sure it doesnt take away from Euro or WCQ. Its an outside the box idea. Could force a merger between other feds. Its almost as if international soccer is trying to follow NCAA football and grab as much of the pie as possible

Jod
Copenhagen
Post #4
Tuesday October 15, 2013 11:51am

Joined Oct 2012
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I would like it if they could use these pro-rel groups for WC and Euro qualification

kjperuch
Post #5
Friday March 28, 2014 11:00am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 63
Klopp didn't sound to positive about the decision.

http://espnfc.com/video/espnfc/video?id=17664...


A big question for U.S. fans heading into the World Cup is surely on Jozy Altidore and just what is plaguing the young striker at Sunderland.
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