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Financial Times reports on new move towards Global League with clubs from New Zealand and Congo

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The Financial Times is reporting on a new threat to UEFA and FIFA.

The prospect of a new Super League or World League has long been discussed with more and more owners, or investors, with little or no ties to domestic competitions.

UEFA has moved significantly to cater for the richer clubs from the richer leagues over the last 20 years but the more that they concede the more that is demanded.

The Financial Times reports:

One person briefed on the talks said an option under consideration is creating two leagues of 20 teams each. Eight of those teams could include the founding clubs behind the World Football Club Association, a newly created body of which Mr Pérez was named president last month.

Those founder members include Real Madrid, AC Milan in Italy, Auckland City in New Zealand, Boca Juniors and River Plate in Argentina, Club America in Mexico, Guangzhou Evergrande in China and Mazembe in DR Congo.  According to official announcements at the time, the World Football Club Association was set up in November to lobby Fifa on its revamp of the Club World Cup.

Business groups simply interested in maximising broadcast income are moving in to clubs worldwide with Amazon this week becoming the third broadcaster of EPL fixtures.

The EPL has fought bravely to keep a united front but with Watford, Bournemouth, Brighton and Burnley picking up £100m plus per season the owners of other clubs are getting less supportive of collective bargaining.

Whether Celtic would have a place in any global league is uncertain but in European terms there is a good case to be made for the Scottish champions being among the top 20 clubs.

Celtic’s poor use of social media however allows most EPL clubs to make advances, across the pond Atalanta United has close to 1 million twitter followers despite only being founded in March 2014. Celtic has 658,000 followers on Twirrer

A Global League would involve clubs in the United States, China and the Far East which could reduce European representation to 10 clubs or less in the top tier.

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