Man City may be used by Uefa to revive Super League proposal - Maguire

By Kieran Maguire

13th May, 2022 | 5:00pm

Kieran Maguire: Uefa could use Man City to revive 'big-money' Super League proposal

Uefa could use the likes of Man City to push their own brand in a new pre-season mini-tournament.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about European football’s ruling body and their attempts to expand their revenue base.

Associated Press reported on Wednesday (11 May) that Uefa is considering a four-team curtain-raiser before the beginning of the European season.

The event could be staged outside Europe, with the United States understood to be Uefa’s favoured destination.

It is claimed that the four competing teams would be those who finished highest in the new Swiss format Champions League group stage the previous season.

Maguire explains that the Super League, which was aborted in April last year, also proposed an increase in lucrative mini-tournaments in the summer months.

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“There’s no doubt this is being driven by financial considerations,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“There’s big money in these tournaments. Uefa are trying to come up with more and more schemes to prove that the collapse of Super League was justified.

“One of the proposals of the Super League was to have an 18-team Premier League and to have more pre-season tournaments like this.

“This is a way of getting the Uefa badge and banner into other locations. At present, when Man City play a pre-season friendly, it’s under their own badge. But if it’s some sort of Uefa trophy, that could possibly add to credibility.

“However, it is difficult to generate much interest as we have seen with the Club World Cup.”

The Swiss model Champions League is set to be introduced from 2024.

Teams will now play eight group stage matches rather than six, with all competing teams sorted into a unified Champions League table.

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