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Now begins the global fodboldkrig

In the course of a few years we will see that the Spanish league is played in the UNITED states, that the Champions League showdown will be played in the weekend and to FIFA's new Club-the WORLD cup is going to compete or cooperate with an american dollarmilliardær, which operates a private club competition in the UNITED states, with the participation of the best teams from Europe.

does this Sound confusing? Yes, maybe. But in the following we will try to create clarity and among other things, explain why we hardly ever again see a Danish team in the Champions League group stage.

Behind the closed doors at FIFA, UEFA and the ECA, the association of european clubs, tumles there in the moment with the plans that led to life - will radically alter the structure of european club football.

And on the other side of the atlantic has the Stephen M. Ross since 2013 spent billions of dollars to launch private-club competition, International Champions Cup, which takes place every summer with the participation of teams such as Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus.

But the 78-year-old Ross, who owns the NFL team the Miami Dolphins have put themselves to the americans must learn to love our form of football. He himself calls it Soccer. In the follow Forbes Ross personally good for 50 billion dollars, and he is apparently prepared to spend a part of them at the football.

Last year he made an agreement with La liga president Javier Tebas to Spanish league matches can be played in the UNITED states. The first match should have been settled in the year between FC Barcelona and Girona, however, FC Barcelona has so far blocked the agreement. The club will not, however, refuse to play in the UNITED states at a time. It is safe, when the money is big enough.

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Messi was close to becoming a small steak in a sandwich between Modric and Varane in the El Clasico in Miami. Photo: Getty

in any case Stephen Ross’ company, Relevent Sports, the next 15 years, the rights to market La Liga in the UNITED states and Canada.

Clubs in the Premier League have also shown interest in playing matches in the UNITED states. But after strong protests from the groups of fans pulled out the feelers to themselves.

Both UEFA and FIFA keeps sharp eye on Stephen Ross’ activities. Probably why he was also invited to the UEFA congress in Rome in February.

UEFA has for many years feared that the major european clubs will break off and create their own closed Champions League.

Stephen Ross has shown that it can be done, that the matches can be played on multiple continents, and that there is a staggering lot of money in it.

International Champions Cup

When Stephen Ross for the summer, for the seventh time runs the International Champions Cup is the participation of AS Roma, Arsenal, FC Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Inter, Benfica, Real Madrid, Juventus, Tottenham, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Guadalajara from Mexico.

All teams playing three matches, and a sophisticated scoring system determines, ultimately, which team wins the tournament.

most of The showdown will be held at the stadiums in the UNITED states. But there will also be matches in China, Singapore, England, and Sweden. Therefore, a global tournament that has already set a number of records.

Several times more than 100,000 spectators attended matches in the tournament in the UNITED states. Last year, he was tilskuergennemsnittet at around 60,000. In addition, 28 of the matches shown on tv to viewers in 150 countries.

Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in 2017 met in Miami in the first El Clasico outside of Spain for 30 years, lay the fares from 1600 dollars and up to 30,000 crowns. There were sold-out with the 65,000 spectators who also were spoiled with concerts, boxing matches, and other jugglers around the battle.

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There was totally sold out, as the Real Madrid and Barcelona met in the Miami 29. July 2017. Photo: Getty

As the International Champions Cup, as mentioned, is a private tournament, it is not possible to know what each club gets to make up. But sources with knowledge of the tournament say that it is about the multi-million dollar. Moreover, all expenses paid, and the runner-up, when each squad must consist of 30 players.

the Clubs use the tournament as a warm up for the national leagues, but the organizers have conditional that the biggest stars need to play a certain number of minutes in each match. It is the stars, that the audience first and foremost pay for to see.

Champions League

If it is to the biggest clubs in Europe, each year they participate in the Champions League group stage, regardless of the ranking they have achieved in the national leagues.

the Future of the Champions League will consist of 32 teams. In the follow Ekstra information will the 24 be regular attendees. It is particularly the clubs from the big five leagues, Germany, Italy, England, France and Spain.

This means that only eight places are games for the national champions from countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine and so on.

In the previous week said Juventus president, Andrea Agnelli, who is also president of the association of european clubs (ECA), that the big clubs ' business can't be dependent on whether they qualify for the Champions League or not. Therefore, let he is understand, they must be regular attendees.

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Andrea Agnelli, second from left, is one of the architects of the revolution of the Champions League. Photo: Juventus.com

the Amendments of the european group stage will begin already next year, when the introduction of a third tournament as a supplement for the Champions League and Europa League. Gruppespillene of the three tournaments will each consist of 32 teams, so that the 96 european clubs come to play internationally.

But the interest applies in particular to the Champions League. Here, the expected radical changes to come into force from 2024, where the 32 teams in the follow New York Times will be divided into four pools, each with eight teams. All meetings at all, and the best four from each pool proceeding to the 1/16-finals.

It is a lot more games than today, and in order to make room for the extra Champions League matches in the international matchkalender, is the proposal to cut down on the number of teams in the big clubs of the national leagues. In addition, the major clubs that play Champions League at the weekend, so they can hit a larger tv audience in the other parts of the world.

Club WORLD cup

In FIFA's summit in Miami in mid-march it was decided to organize a new Club-the WORLD cup with 24 teams from the summer of 2021.

Admittedly told the big european clubs, led by Andrea Agnelli of Juventus immediately out, that it would be a tournament without european participation.

Since, however, both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid indicated that they would like to participate, and on the way is the small print with the agreement in the ranks.

Ekstra Bladet learns from sources in FIFA, that a number of other clubs also have signaled that they would like to participate.

This is also a tournament, which is expected to throw violently a lot of money for the participating clubs.

And the money is in many ways driving the many plans for changes in international club football.

Andrea Agnelli said after a meeting in Miami, that it was out of consideration for the players ' health, that the clubs would not participate in the new Club WORLD cup. They had to recover. But the Club WORLD cup replacing the Confederations Cup, so many of the players were already in action.

Furthermore, there is hardly respect for the players ' health when more of the clubs this summer participating in the International Champions Cup. For example, AC Milan within a week, play on two different continents, the UNITED states and Europe. It is stressful for the body.

incidentally, the Club WORLD championships from the 17. June to 4. July 2021 come very close to the International Champions Cup, which begins in mid-July. It is FIFA very aware of, and it can either make a confrontation or a form of cooperation.

For both parties, there is the prestige and the millions at stake. Ekstra Bladet learns that the Club WORLD cup might be can be run in just the UNITED states.

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