Thursday Kickoff: Northern Europe, Steve Bruce, and more


With the recent Champions League changes making things difficult for smaller teams, the smaller teams of northern Europe are looking for a way to counter.

Top teams from Belgium, Holland, Scotland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden are reportedly negotiating the formation of a combined Northern European league. (REPORT)

Aston Villa have announced that Steve Bruce will be taking over as manager of the team. (REPORT)

Derby County have announced the return of Steve McClaren as manager after a previous stint from 2013-2015. (REPORT)

Liverpool announced the institution of an Academy wage cap of £40,000 a year to their 17-year-old first season professionals, in order to combat “too much, too young” culture of English football. (REPORT)

Serge Aurier of the Ivory Coast helped save the life of Moussa Doumbia of Mali during their recent match. (REPORT)

Napoli are reportedly targeting Didier Drogba as a replacement for injured striker Arkadiusz Milik. (REPORT)


The Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo battled to a scoreless draw on Wednesday night. (READ)

Julian Green showed maturity and confidence in the USMNT’s draw with New Zealand on Tuesday. (READ)

USMNT 1, New Zealand 1: The SBI Breakdown. (READ)

Kevin Molino was reportedly sent home from Trindad and Tobago’s camp after missing a curfew. (READ)

‘Fearless’ Lynden Gooch pleased with first USMNT performance (READ)

  • BombVoyage

    Most of the article is about need for smaller clubs to find a way to establish themselves as they get squeezed out of the Champions League. But there is an interesting concept further down in the article. From the translation:

    BT’s bid for the European football map

    Football Europe may now be divided into several supranational regional leagues. The ideas on the drawing board, but nothing is decided. This scenario is now likely:

    Top Level
    The biggest clubs with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus the lead in setting up a supranational tournament, perhaps still under the name Champions League and invites possibly some of the biggest clubs from China, North and South America. Participants do not play with their national tournaments.

    The upper-level
    Several supranational regional leagues. The medium-sized clubs like FC Copenhagen, Ajax, PSV, Anderlecht and Celtic establish a supranational northwest-European tournament. The same happens in the Balkans where clubs like Dinamo Zagreb and Red Star is leading, and in Eastern Europe with Sparta Prague, Legia Warsaw and Bucharest Steuea as standard bearers.

    Third Top level
    national tournaments like the Super League, Allsvenskan, Tippeligaen, Eredivisie etc. Will continue without major clubs.

    There will undoubtedly be established a form of promotion and relegation between the various levels.


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