get to know Braga’s ideas for Portuguese football

Minhotos call for general mobilization so that competitive frameworks are reformulated. Braga believes that the centralization of television rights must be accompanied by a model that allows for more competitive games, both at the top and at the bottom, arousing more interest.

The unavoidable face of the 15 clubs that met in 2017, aside from Benfica, Sporting and FC Porto, to discuss the problems of Portuguese football, António Salvador believes that there is no more time to lose in order to give competitiveness and sustainability to the main league and , this time, counts with all.

Until 2025, the League will have to transmit to the Government how the (centralized) television rights and the president of Braga will be divided, based on a detailed study (in the column below some ideas are exposed) yesterday presented to journalists by the advisor André Viana, responsible by the club’s Presidency, Strategy and Media Office, which understands that this step will only have an impact if Portuguese football is modernized beforehand.

Braga is studying a model that allows for more competitive games (both at the top and at the bottom), greater uncertainty in the classifications and, therefore, greater interest from the public and all the agents involved, but “nothing is closed” according to Salvador, who calls for a wide-ranging debate on Portuguese football.

A clear proof of the progressive “decay” of Portuguese football, according to the leader of Arsenalistas, is the inability of Benfica, FC Porto and Sporting to preferentially hire players abroad. “A few years ago these clubs hired players preferentially abroad and now they do it here, as Braga already did”, he said, ruling out the existence of “blocking forces” to the modernization of Portuguese football. “However, there are many working groups in the League when action is needed,” he noted.

The same haste is shared, for example, by Oliver Kahn, the executive director of Bayern Munich, who has already proposed that the German Bundesliga adopt a format with semi-finals and finals and António Salvador assumed that he had spoken of a similar competitive model, involving “playoffs”, in one of the most recent councils of Presidents and hopes that the media will help in that debate.

Until then, he guarantees, Braga will never be a satellite of any club. “There is no partnership with PSG. Two players from that club came to Braga”, he recalled, finally putting a stone on the prizes agreed in the transfer of David Carmo to FC Porto. “No player from Braga will put up the prize of 500 thousand euros in any game because the club has much higher prizes”, he shot.

IDEAS

predictability
“Competitions increasingly predictable and with little alternation at the top of the tables. There are chronic champions. The Portuguese League is the one with the biggest gap between the first classified and the rest”.

threats
“The appearance of new elite competitions will send Portugal back to its peripheral condition. More European games and the possible
confirmation of the European Superliga weaken the position of the Portuguese League”.

Revenues
“Portugal is the country most dependent on transfers as a cash-flow generator for the activity. Participation of the shareholder structure is important in almost all countries”.

working time
“Studies released in recent seasons place the League at the tail end of playing time (average of 57.09
minutes per game)”.

Public
“There is no deep reflection on the problem of low attendance at stadiums in Portugal. Twelve clubs have an average of less than 4,000 fans per game.”

times and days of games
“Scheduling of matches highly conditioned by the television rights holder. 129 of the 306 matches in the I Liga started
after 20:00 (42.1%).

Globality
“The process of centralizing television rights can only add maximum value if it is framed within a global concept.

tax burden
“Tax burden determines a huge loss of competitiveness of professional football compared to the other top championships, causing club costs to skyrocket”.

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