Transnational European LeaguesSat, 31 May 2008
Continuing from here, nations such as Scotland and Holland, being constrained by their size, end up with league formats that suffer from conceptual weaknesses.
Their size also constrains their top clubs from keeping up with the top clubs from England, Spain, Italy and France, despite past successes.
This appears to run counter to a basic principle that underlies many of the goals and structures of the European Union – achieving growth and progress for individuals and entities within Europe without the constraints and limitations of national boundaries.
The higher the tier, the larger the region covered – it makes sense.
There is no reason in principle why even higher tiers cannot operate transnationally.
However, such changes would require forward-thinking and progressive administrators, which World and European football currently lack. Instead, we have Sepp Blatter and FIFA going on about their “six-plus-five” principle, a reactionary and backward looking proposal, which runs foul of European Union principles.
Unfortunately, many top administrators, like many top politicians, are more interested in preserving the systems and structures that form their power-base, then in improving the systems and structures they administer.