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Qatar to Release Plans For New Summer Tournament to Rival Champions League: The Nightly EPL

The Qatari royal family are planning on releasing plans next month to launch a new soccer club tournament to be held every two years in Qatar and the neighboring Gulf states, according to an exclusive in The Times newspaper. The tournament would rival the UEFA Champions League and Club World Cup, and would be held every second summer.

Named the Dream Football League (DFL), the tournament would invite some of the biggest names in world football including teams from the Premier League.

The tournament makes a lot of sense from a Qatari perspective — helping them be seen as a major player in the sport before the 2022 World Cup and inviting teams to play in the Middle East instead of having to fly to Asia or North America. The clubs themselves would be offered enormous financial rewards to participate.

The Dream Football League would feature 24 teams from around the world.

Not surprisingly, FIFA is not going to look at this idea too favorably. The tournament could be seen as a clear threat to the power that FIFA holds within the sport.

What do you think? Are you in favor of the club tournament or not? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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  1. Larry

    March 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Money talks. Clubs will be lining up to participate. The financial benefits will be tremendous.

    It depends on whether it would take place right after the European season ended or just before the new season began. If the clubs had any say in the matter then they might opt for the latter and use the tournament as preparation for the upcoming season. It would be different for the non-European clubs who may be in the middle of their season.

  2. Dean Stell

    March 13, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I’ve got the same concerns about the summer temperatures and the need for summer rest that everyone else does…

    But…I also enjoy chaos as a way to jiggle the status quo. Basically, if it annoys FIFA it is probably a good thing. Jiggle up FIFA and make them react!

    It’s kinda like the Dubai World Cup in thoroughbred racing. It started out as just a very, very rich horse race, but eventually has come to rival the biggest horse races in the US and Europe in terms of prestige. And…..that’s in thoroughbred racing where the REAL money is in the breeding shed, not the race track.

    You could see this tournament having Europa League prestige for a few years, but offering Champion’s League money. But, once some middling team parlays their “Qatar Cup” money into buying some great players and a seat at the big boy’s table, it will be taken more seriously. Imagine if some team like Everton when there, won and suddenly had $40MM in their pocket and used that money to solidify a Top 4 position annually?

  3. Sammy

    March 13, 2013 at 4:27 am

    “Not surprisingly, FIFA is not going to look at this idea too favourably. The tournament could be seen as a clear threat to the power that FIFA holds within the sport.”

    Then that’s their problem. It’d just mean that they’re either too proud, selfish, extremely power-greedy or a combination of all of them. I mean, this is just a mini-competition, what harm can it possibly bring to FIFA? Sometimes I feel that people with this sort of attitude need to be given a reality check to prevent them getting worse.

    On the otherhand, while I agree with some of the others that having such an event might be too tiring and may not provide a suitable environment for most people, I’d say we give Qatar a chance and not be too quick to demean them or their idea. After all, we won’t know the outcome before we’ve even tried, right?

  4. Frill Artist

    March 13, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Look, there are a lot of teams that can make do with the money for making a brief showing at what is effectively a carnival.

  5. Yespage

    March 13, 2013 at 12:32 am

    These teams need a break in the summer. The calendar is already full enough as it is.

  6. Donaldinho

    March 13, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I agree with Mufc77 that this would be awful for the health of players, who are already overworked with club and international duties. But I think this DFL will actually succeed because of the Qatari money involved. Clubs like Liverpool or Inter (who won’t be playing UCL or Europa League next year) won’t be able resist the financial windfall. The tournament will probably only be 2-3 weeks and clubs could always use it as a chance to give younger players some experience (as with the current summer tours in Asia/US).

  7. De Selby

    March 12, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Bunch of garbage.

    I’m sure, like for their insane World Cup plans, they are going to air condition all the stadiums.

    Corrupt nonsense.

    I’m still hoping the World Cup gets taken away from them but I fear they’re going to move it to Winter.

    If it all wasn’t so sad and crooked it would be laughable.

    No matter what happens it won’t change the fact that Sepp Blatter should be in prison. Dude’s a maniac.

  8. Gerry Binks

    March 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Probably half a dozen south american clubs, three from japan, two from australia and port vale.

    • Matt

      March 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      excellent way to finish that off.

      My money’s on Accrington Stanley.

  9. harry cee

    March 12, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    “Screw you guys, we will hold our OWN tournament! Especially since we own some of these teams” <—is what it sounds like to me.

  10. Mufc77

    March 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Great idea lets have players play 40+ games a year then go play In a stupid tournament in 140 degree temperatures.

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