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BeNeLiga as a back up

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Analysis Vincent Kompany pleaded recently for a joint soccer league with the Netherlands. Also in basketball is in that sense thought. But how viable are these cross-border initiatives?

BeNeLiga as a back up

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In handball there is a fusiecompetitie since 2008. Already sporty has the collaboration achieved its objective. The increased competition, the level of the match lifted. Eddy Vanoppen ‘ /belga

Analysis Vincent Kompany pleaded recently for a joint soccer league with the Netherlands. Also in basketball is in that sense thought. But how viable are these cross-border initiatives?

BeNeLiga as a back up

Marc Vermeiren

From where comes the idea of a BeNeLiga
in the football?

By the Bosman judgment, the explosion of the tv-rights, the creation of the Champions League and the arrival of the New Rich with their dark dollars, the gap is growing between the top and the middle of the table year after year. Vincent Kompany is not the only football player of name and fame, therefore, is a cross-border collaboration in the North sea affectionate. Also Marco van Basten, technical director at Fifa, see cooperation as a way to catch up with England, Germany and other giants somewhat smaller. A BeNeLiga with the best clubs from both kingdoms would not only be the sporting level lifting, but also for more topmatchen, more spectators and more income. Roland Duchâtelet considered as the former Standard-chairman in 2012 even a the Low Countries-competition in 2014, a fact would be. Economists do what they always do: to quarrel about the alleged added value. Anyway remain the practical objections to a merger giant. And then there is still an ethical liège. Big clubs from small countries – Ajax, Anderlecht, Red Star Belgrade, Celtic Glasgow… – are the main victims of the new order in the international professional football, but the BeNeLiga would be on a smaller scale, a similar effect to cause. While the smaller clubs fight for self-preservation, are the richer becoming richer.

But for the women it was a merger still successful?

Indeed. Between 2012 and 2015, and played in the women’s the best Belgian and Dutch associations in the same league against each other, but then drew the northern part the power plug from the initiative. The sporting and organizational differences between the two countries was too large. However, the collaboration was on equal base – 16 teams, neatly divided over both countries – began, while 7 Dutch teams across 5 southern clubs a more logical division would have been. The netherlands felt Belgium more and more as a block to the leg. Also, the difficult co-operation of the Dutch football association hindered the project, as well as the increased travel times. If Standard player on a weekday of Liège to the Frisian Heerenveen have buses, should have a free day to take. The sporting value of the Low Countries-competition was clear. The Red Flames were in the summer of 2017 for the first time at a european CHAMPIONSHIP finals, where their Dutch colleagues for a real hype caused by the title to grab. Even now slumbering the desire for a reset, but the Netherlands keep the boat.

Why it works in handball?

Because of the economic need in that little sports both countries forces to work together. In handball there is a fusiecompetitie since 2008. Initially turned a Luxembourg team, but in 2014 with that land because of financial troubles. Since then, play six Belgian and six Dutch teams to be a winner of the BENE-League indicate. After that league fight the best four from each country separately and then for a national championship. Already sporting has this collaboration reached its goal. The increased competition, the level of the match lifted. In addition, each duel as a kind of international game, with additional tension. That Dutch and Belgian internationals, more numerous than before of employ found in hoogaangeschreven leagues like Germany and France offer an additional argument. Ten years after the establishment looks, the balance is positive, where the sporting value is usually the logistical and financial difficulties, transcends.

Find the basketball with it a new breath?

Belgian team sports in cross-border competitions new breath?

That’s the idea. Despite my best efforts the sport is not the number of first graders from ten to twelve or fourteen to lift. This keeps the basketball caught in his controversial competitieformule, where ten clubs 36 days need to have eight participants for the play-offs to indicate where the top of each other across all competitions, a half a dozen times in the eyes look and where to Ostend already seven times in a row without too much opposition, the title grabs. To get out of the impasse, look to the Dutch Basketball League, where the sport with similar problems it faces. It would all twenty clubs, ten from each country – according to an NBA system against each other come true. That BeNeLiga would be at the earliest in september 2020. In February 2019 following a new evaluation. Along Belgian side seems to be the willingness is greater than at the top of the Moerdijk, where the top clubs have a concerted effort inclined. The other half – in which associations operate with a budgetje of 120,000 euros – see especially the financial and logistical disadvantages. Blow to the arm, part 1: how does the public respond? Skeptics fear that Aalstar-fans still prefer to Ostend for the fifth time greet, than once come out against Care and protection Lead or the Dutch Windmills from Dordrecht. Blow to the arm part 2. Charleroi wants to think, but Mountains side are reportedly already against the plans. Blow to the arm, part 3. Can the Netherlands, with its strict beleidscultuur to with the looser work, mainly in the Walloon clubs reigns?

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