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Bayern, Dortmund against Super League

December 2, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund officials have hit out at the idea of a European Super League.

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Over the past few months, various clubs and pundits around the continent have contemplated the idea of such a league, which could replace the Champions League.

In late October, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis talked about a concept that he described as a “revolution” for the European game.

"I want to reduce the league to 16 teams and to create a large European Cup that would bring together the five biggest teams from the five best European leagues," he said.

"Everyone seems happy to earn 40 million euros per season in the Champions League. I’m not. I want to earn 150 million or even 200 million euros.”

Former Germany captain Oliver Kahn also called for the introduction of a Super League as he feels Bayern’s dominance in Germany has made the Bundesliga boring.

But Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer told NDR 2 at the weekend: “The line of thought alone is catastrophic. Everything that Bayern and German football have earned as an advantage has had to do with diligence, passion and meticulousness. I’d like to think that the European Super League would be the death of the domestic leagues.”

Sammer’s words were echoed by Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke, who told ZDF’s Sportstudio that a European Super League would all but destroy the Bundesliga.

“We should not destroy the football culture in Germany. If two, three teams play in the European Super League, you only play the reserves in the Bundesliga,” he said, adding that he sometimes “becomes exasperated with the shenanigans proposed every week.”

Talking to Bild, Bayern CEO  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also called the possible introduction of a European Super League a “catastrophe, also financially.”

“I am of the opinion that we should not make any changes,” he said. “They always say ‘the Bundesliga is the best league in the world’. I am no friend of this idea.”  

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