Doing casual research, without putting too much effort in, I’ve looked at the history of this ‘BeNe League’. It has been done in women’s football and the format was that 8 teams play each other in Holland and 8 teams play each other in Belgium. The top four from each then go into their own league and same for the bottom four. Eventually the top 2 went into the Champions League blah blah blah.
Now. I am unsure about this because going by women’s football, are there enough sustainable teams to do this or were there some created especially? The Pro League and Eredivisie has teams already, and their second tier and so on. How does this league decide who gets what in each country and do they discard 8 teams from Belgium and 10 teams from Holland?
I’m so uncertain about this because obviously the big clubs are all for this. This cross border competition is a great idea if I honestly didn’t care, but I care about Belgian football obviously. If teams begin to get forgotten about, what will happen with those clubs? A low standard domestic league with a poor cup competition? It’s the equivalent of Scotland losing Celtic and Rangers. It’ll ruin Scottish football and this could do for the rest of the Pro League and Eredivisie.
On their day, I do think it’s tough to call who’d win right now if Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Charleroi, Gent etc played Feyenoord, Ajax, PSV and whoever else. Zulte Waregem bested Vitesse over 2 matches this season, but like I said, on their day, in a one off. I just feel this could be for the Dutch teams long term because of the 3 clubs I’ve already mentioned. All 3 have six European Cups or Champions Leagues between them, having a greater pull worldwide, and having Anderlecht and etc come to town will be better for them, especially if they embarrass our clubs more often than not.
Going back to the women’s football paragraph, Standard Liège’s women won a title, but the Dutch sides dominated. Once the changes the format to just one league, they ran away with the league every season, with Standard being the only Dutch representatives in the top half consistently. Women’s football in Holland is big. They’ve recently won the European Championships over Denmark. But will they best the men? This won’t happen til 2024 supposedly whilst they arrange the European qualification situation. If I can still be bothered to consistently write rubbish until then, I’m already dreading what could happen to the rest rather than the ‘best’.