An opinion piece by António Salvador, President of Braga, on the day the 2022/23 season begins.
In the previous years, the world championship has change into the muse of the football competitors: it fills many calendars, selects the champions, promotion and relegation, filter the entry to the European competitors and, not least, it makes the massive and outdated competitions that collect the gang and make this. the preferred sport on this planet.
So what explains why key leaders of Europe’s main leagues have lately known as for a rethink on home competitors? For instance, contemplate what Oliver Kahn, CEO of Bayern Munich, who is a ten-year champion in Germany, stated a few months in the past: “The Bundesliga could be extra lovely if it was extra aggressive on the high. It is fascinating to consider new fashions. , and what UEFA has executed with the Champions and at Bayern we’re open to new concepts.”
Last week, we additionally noticed the awakening of the president of Torino FC, Urbano Cairo, who stated “the mannequin we’ve got in Italy is not sustainable, we’d like new concepts, respecting the rights of tv and investing in unbiased manufacturing”.
In each instances, the identical phrase: “new concepts”. It is clear that the worldwide competitors is susceptible to time and its influence on the (new) viewers, and I doubt the form of football that has strengthened its recognition for greater than 100 years. , which suffers, maybe twice, from the evils that have an effect on the good world competitors: predictability, nice winners, nice variations between groups , lack of magnificence and, as a outcome, cash.
There are indicators, and as is well-known not in Portugal, that problem us and drive us to take motion.
This is what SC Braga has been doing. Over the previous few weeks, we’ve got taken our observations and recommendations to the FPF and League presidents, and shared them with the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport.
Today, the day that one other version of our I Liga begins, I consider it is my responsibility to finish the intervention for the aim of 1 crew and to point out that the goal is to contribute to a sturdy competitors, not simply to reply the issues. present, and to the brand new competitors guidelines from UEFA for the 2024-2027 cycle, which, if nothing is executed, will lay the muse for the nationwide competitors.
Let’s not be afraid of phrases: Portuguese football is facing an opportunity that is probably not repeated, however is inevitable. Portuguese football can not begin the method of creating tv rights and a distribution key with out the definition of a new mannequin that provides worth to the competitors. It is not solely to advertise a coverage that encourages extra money, however on the identical time to make sure that it is distributed pretty and effectively, and to place a e-book of tasks that require golf equipment to agree with the targets that favor good sports activities, change. of kit and situations for groups, followers and different supporters.
It is essential, subsequently, to restructure the competitors, with I Liga on the head, to completely reply to the challenges that we really feel are essential for the upcoming developments:
To improve competitors, to encourage extra video games between competing groups, primarily based on the identical practices, targets;
Create extra levels within the competitors, making choices (title, qualification for European competitions and keep) negotiated between groups of equal worth, primarily based on their efficiency all through the season;
Ensuring extra video games for groups on the backside of the desk, altering their lack of competitors at completely different instances of the season;
Reduce the variety of video games for the groups on the high of the desk, primarily based on the necessities of the post-2024 UEFA calendar and due to Portugal’s competitiveness within the European framework;
Support for the surprising and the curiosity of many individuals, and subsequently the curiosity from the employees, sponsors and all of the helpers concerned.
When renovating aggressive merchandise, it is essential to make clear that:
– SC Braga doesn’t advocate any discount of the group;
– SC Braga defends that the competitors is a competitors that rewards repeatedly and, subsequently, mustn’t have the opportunity to play;
– SC Braga understands that the brand new employees have to be permitted within the present season with a purpose to recruit firstly of 2024/25.
It is essential, all through the method, to acknowledge the place we’re and the imaginative and prescient of the place we wish to go.
But as we’ve got defined within the video games we’ve got had, this is not the time to level fingers, earlier than we predict that each one of us, who’re accountable for our football, have made errors in actions and omissions.
I’m satisfied, nevertheless, that Portuguese football has methods of reinventing itself and has the flexibility, because it has proven a number of instances, to current itself in a disruptive method and to offer “new concepts”. We have one of the best coaches and gamers on this planet, who can battle for any nationwide championship or membership on the worldwide degree. We even have, I need to point out, a group of managers prepared and ready in our historical past, within the golf equipment and within the Federation and the League, the place I discover – and I converse and know – one of the best playing cards that Portuguese football has ever had. to be identified.
It could be unforgivable, subsequently, for our leaders to not do and full this essential process, leaving us with a prepared, aggressive, entertaining football and permitting us to get pleasure from, for a very long time, the good gamers that we’ve got expertise. and educating abilities.