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 inspiration 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 previous competitions that collect the gang and make this. the most well-liked recreation on this planet.
So what explains why key European competitors leaders have just 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 carried out 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 now we have in Italy is not sustainable, we’d like new concepts, respecting the rights of tv and investing in impartial manufacturing”.
In each instances, the identical phrase: “new concepts”. It is clear that the worldwide competitors is susceptible to time and its impression on the (new) viewers, I doubt the sort of football that has strengthened its reputation for greater than 100 years. And if this consideration is applicable for a very powerful competitors in Europe, it is going to be very compelling for our surrounding League , which suffers, maybe twice, from the evils that have an effect on the good world competitors: predictability, nice winners, nice variations between teams , lack of magnificence and, consequently, 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, now we have taken our observations and options to the FPF and League presidents, and shared them with the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports.
Today, the day that one other version of our I Liga begins, I imagine it is my duty to finish these actions in favor of a frequent purpose and a present that goals to contribute to a robust competitors, not simply to reply to issues. the present one, and to the brand new competitors guidelines from UEFA for the 2024-2027 cycle, which, if nothing is carried out, will lay the inspiration for the nationwide competitors.
Let’s not be afraid of phrases: Portuguese football is facing an opportunity that will not be repeated, however is inevitable. Portuguese football can’t 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 similar time to make sure that it is distributed pretty and effectively, and to place a guide of duties that require golf equipment to agree with the targets that favor good sports activities, change. of apparatus and circumstances for groups, followers and different supporters.
It is essential, due to this fact, 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 tendencies:
To enhance the competitors, to encourage extra video games between the teams that struggle, primarily based on the identical practices, the identical targets;
Create extra phases 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 totally 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;
To assist the sudden and the curiosity of many individuals, and due to this fact 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 in membership;
– SC Braga defends that the competitors is a competitors that rewards recurrently and, due to this fact, mustn’t have the opportunity to play;
– SC Braga understands that the brand new workers should be authorized within the present season with a view to recruit at first 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 now we have defined within the video games now we have had, this is not the time to level fingers, earlier than we expect that each one of us, who’re in command of our football, have made errors in actions and omissions.
I’m positive, nonetheless, 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 approach and to offer “new concepts”. We have the most effective coaches and gamers on this planet, who can struggle for any nationwide championship or membership on the worldwide degree. We even have, I have to point out, a group of managers prepared and in a position in our historical past, within the golf equipment and within the Federation and the League, the place I discover – and I communicate and know – the most effective playing cards that Portuguese football has ever had. to be recognized.
It could be unforgivable, due to this fact, for our leaders to not do and full this essential job, leaving us with a prepared, aggressive, entertaining football and permitting us to get pleasure from, for a very long time, the good gamers that now we have expertise. and educating expertise.