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Friday, 16 November, 2001, 19:40 GMT
Superleague: Good for Europe's domestic game?
Europe's fourteen most powerful football clubs have been meeting in Paris.

Each time the G14 meets the amount of influence it wields over European football games appears to increase and the prospect of a European Superleague draws ever closer.

It's seemed more obvious than ever this season that teams save their star players for the European matches putting forward weaker teams for their domestic league games.

The Europewide debate this week asks: Would a European Superleague permanently damage the domestic game?

Europe Today's Katya Adler brought together two football fanatics, the BBC's Teresa Guerreiro and first the French freelance journalist, Philippe Auclair.

This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.

Your reaction

The Champions League in its current structure needs to be looked at. It's not right that one country can have as many as 4 teams competing when the champions of other nations have to take part in at least 1 qualifying round. It should be kept just for champions and not devalued by the greed of the so-called G14 who care only about money and ruining football as a game.
Karen Ramsay, Scotland

How dare Roy Rocket spread his irrational and poorly researched diatribes on this site. Second and Third Division clubs are the very lifeblood of the British game, tied into more than the money-grubbing big business of Premiership football. To create a European Superleague would damage the heritage of the country as a whole, and not just sport.
Walter Krivitsky, UK

A European superleague is essential for the game

Roy Rocket, UK
A European superleague is essential for the game. Only by dramatically reducing the number of teams that bloat the professional game in England - i.e. all those second and third division teams that are subsidised by the Premiership - can we hope to compete in the long run with our leaner continental rivals.
Roy Rocket, UK

The basic idea behind this is the same as that of the euro - attempting to make Europe a united front. I personally see no problem in have a euro football league. All the teams still have roots in the community much like all major sports in the United States. A definite yes, is the obvious answer in this situation.
Gus Strominger, USA

Some would say the Champions League is a European Superleague

Robert Parker, UK
Some would say the Champions League is a European Superleague. I would be very worried if a superleague run on American lines was produced because not every country would be able to send a side into European competition and this would devalue football as a whole.
Robert Parker, UK

Sports teams are meant to be for the community, not for the pockets of international business. How does one identify with a team that has no solid roots with its first fans?
Robert del Valle, USA

Why bother having a Euro-superleague, when the Champions League does the job perfectly. It provides a fairer chance to domestic league teams of qualification into a Euro level championship and at the same time doesn't denounce the importance of national leagues which I fear a Euro-superleague would.
David Wall, Germany (UK)

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See also:

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