Footballers put their bodies through incredible amounts of pressure, year after year.
Thousands of minutes logged in training, league play, international duty, various cups and friendlies take an enormous toll on the individuals. And the better the player and team, the more games played as they progress to the latter stages of the competitions.
As fans, we love watching the matches and appreciate the players for their effort and sacrifices. That being said, if it's not too much to ask, give me more football. There is still one tournament that myself, and the world, needs to see.
The FIFA Club World Cup and similar tournaments pit league winners from across the globe against one another, and have proven to be exciting, parity filled competitions.
One reason that the Club World Cup is so appealing is that some clubs involved would not meet in any other competition. While this promotes the sport on a worldwide level because the teams come from different continents, a tournament featuring only the league winners from the top flights of Europe’s eight major leagues would be a spectacle unlike any other.
The debate about which league is the best in the world is forever ongoing, but surely the top league would be found in Europe. What better way to lend credit to one league’s case than to pit them against the other league champions?
The schedule for league winners becomes hectic, so adding another multi-leg competition would put too much strain on the players. However, an eight team, seven-match tournament, where reaching the final would mean a team only plays three matches, would not overexert the players and would provide the fans with some incredible football.
Call me greedy, but I think that this tournament should be played in the United States. During the summer, many of Europe’s top teams train and play friendlies in the USA and are received as heroes by thousands of fans. Imagine the marketing possibilities, the television sponsorships, and ticket and merchandise sales if clubs like Barcelona, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich spent two weeks in America to compete for a trophy. Imagine again, a final between two European champions, at Michigan Stadium, one of the only stadiums in the world bigger than Wembley.
If this tournament became an annual event it would be circled on every football fan's calendar.
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