FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has advanced some radical ideas for restructuring some of Europe’s most prestigious competitions. His ideas, articulated on Thursday via Madrid-based radio station Cadena Ser, involve first reducing the number of teams in the Spanish first division from 20 to 16. But he didn’t stop there. Out of these 16 teams, 8 would advance to his newly imagined Champions League which would expand from 32 to 64 different squads. In this way Liga teams would play fewer domestic matches but would expand their international presence.
Rosell also articulated a new approach to organizing the lower divisions of play in Spain. In his plan, the second division would be reorganized into two groups of 16, as opposed to the current formulation of a single group of 22 teams. In this way the second division would be expanded by 10 teams, but more teams would have something to play for by the end of the campaign.
Rosell’s dramatic ideas have at their heart the goal of giving more teams something to play for as the annual domestic season unfolds: either to proceed to the Champions League, or to preserve their place in the first division.
Radical ideas indeed: what do you all think?