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Bobby McMahon

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Did USA Experience Play A Part In The Qatar Dream Football League Hoax?

Written by on March 19, 2013 | 3 Comments »
Posted in Money Game

Early last week Oliver Kay of the London Times broke what was claimed to be an exclusive story.

Kay claimed that Qatar was planning to launch a 24-team soccer tournament to be hosted by six cities in the Gulf States. The inaugural competition would be held in 2015 and then every two years after.

Participation in the “Dream Football League” (DFL) was to consist of sixteen “permanent” clubs with a further eight teams to be added through invitation. The permanent representatives would be the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona and these clubs would receive up to… to read more please click on the link.

3 responses to “Did USA Experience Play A Part In The Qatar Dream Football League Hoax?”

  1. Alberta Gooner says:

    Great piece, Bobby.

  2. Gus Keri says:

    Every great tournament started as a crazy idea or an impossible dream and this is no different. every once in a while, for the last few years, I have been hearing about a global club competition takes over the current Club World Cup. The more people talk about it, the more likely it will happen.

  3. John Bladen says:

    It’s all about who gets the money, Gus. I agree, it could happen. But the money will have to be staggering for any new competition to wiggle it’s way into the present heavily congested fixture list.

    Something like this could easily happen (in fact, it’s hard to see how it won’t at some point… 16 or so “permanent” qualifiers and another 8-16 from other leagues who qualify each year). The only question I have is which of the present competitions will be obliterated to make it happen?

    I think it goes without saying that FIFA will oppose it unless they control it… and TV networks will want as much control as possible.

    It’s interesting to think who might be behind such a venture… if and when it actually happens, of course.

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