The Ball – Article by Pedro Proenca: Congratulations to the new winter champions (League Cup)

In 2015, after I took over as president of Liga Portugal, one in every of the fundamental goals of the board with me was to revive the League Cup. Today, nearly eight years later, it’s a matter of nice satisfaction to see the Allianz Cup established in our calendar, a model of our soccer and a automobile to promote our expertise.

Today is the day for FC Porto, the new 2022/2023 winter champions, for successful the sixteenth version of the Allianz Cup yesterday, towards Sporting CP, a staff we would like to spotlight for a rare marketing campaign in the competitors, and that shined the victory of the new winter champions FC Porto. We can’t fail to spotlight the magnificent campaigns of FC Arouca and Académico de Viseu who, with all their benefit, achieved an unprecedented presence in the Final Four. Watching the followers cheering on each groups in the semi-finals shall be one thing to bear in mind.

Yesterday’s grand remaining was the final of 63 conferences in the marathon that started in November. The 2022 World Cup looms on the horizon, with the prospect of groups going six weeks with out competitors in the center of the season. The determination to modify the earlier format of 37 matches for this season’s mannequin was a very successful guess, a method that might have been unimaginable to obtain with out the cooperation of the 34 sports activities organizations, which shortly responded to our problem. We ensured that the competitors, folks didn’t lose contact with the membership and our accomplice gained further visibility. We are the solely main European league not to cease utterly and the reward from the coaches exhibits that our technique is correct.

Organizing a event of this dimension wouldn’t be doable with out the help and cooperation of many brokers. First of all, the golf equipment, who’ve at all times expressed their need to combine the League Cup into our calendar, ought to benefit from this aggressive area to showcase expertise. The change in the Final Four format has made it extra engaging to golf equipment, operators and companions. The League Cup is proud to be the Allianz Cup of at this time and exhibits how this relationship can go hand in hand with soccer sponsors. After the editions in Algarve and Braga, Leiria hosted the third version of the Final Four. The success of the Fan Zone and numerous actions for followers made for a special week in Leria. I can’t thank the City Council of Leiria and the folks of Leiria sufficient for his or her enthusiasm. We are proud to be again in Leiria for an additional Final Four in 2023/2024.

I can’t, at this level, fail to spotlight the privileged discussion board that makes the Final Four doable. This week, as well as to the league board assembly, the Social Dialogue Commission met with ANTF, APAF and the gamers’ affiliation for the improvement of Portuguese soccer and shaped a common jury to award the Thinking Football Summit Award. We additionally organized the third version of the Association Forum, which introduced skilled and beginner soccer collectively at the similar desk, with a dedication to two annual conferences and extra interplay between the base of soccer and the prime of the pyramid.

After 2024, there shall be new challenges for home leagues, with adjustments to UEFA competitions, necessary reductions in the variety of video games to cut back the load on groups, with out shedding our competitiveness in UEFA. The final Presidents’ Summit ratified the discount of the Allianz Cup format to simply the remaining 4, a change that shall be voted on and controlled from 2024/2025. Today our expertise is being sought by different markets and the internationalization of competitors is a chance that will not come up so quickly. Wherever it’s performed, the Allianz Cup is now firmly established on our calendar. And completely satisfied to see his development. Congratulations to the new winter champions FC Porto!


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