The European Leagues on Thursday showed their “firm and unanimous opposition to any proposal to organize the World Cup every two years”, after the meeting of its Board of Directors held in Nyon (Switzerland).
“The Leagues will work together with other stakeholders to prevent soccer governing bodies from making unilateral decisions that harm national soccer, which is the foundation of our industry and of utmost importance for clubs, players and fans across the world. Europe and the world “, they stated.
In a statement made public after the meeting of its Council, of which thirteen leagues are part -among them the Spanish, English, German, Italian, Portuguese and French-, they ruled out that the option of the World Cup every two years raised by FIFA to solve current problems.
“The new competitions, renewed or expanded competitions for club and national team football, both on a continental and global level, are not the solutions to the current problems of our game in an already congested calendar”, they added.
For the leagues, “The calendar definitely requires the agreement of all interested parties, and can only be the result of a fine balance between club and national team football and between national and international club football.”
The Board of Directors is made up of Javier Tebas (LaLiga), Matheu Moreuil (Premier League), Angsar Schwenken (Bundesliga), Luigi Di Siervo (Serie A), Pedro Proença (Portuguese League), Julien Taieb (French LFP), Sergey Pryadkin (Russian League), Claudius Schäfer (Swiss League), (Swedish League) (Danish League) (Romanian League), Marcin Animucki (Polish League), John Nagle (English League).