UEFA, looking to add to current revenue streams, is looking at the possibility of adding a European All-Star Game to it’s venue of competitions.
This, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Amongst the many formats being considered, includes the possibility of a mid-season North/South format. In this format, a team comprised of the best players from the Barclay’s Premier League, Dutch Eredivisie, German Bundesliga and Russian Premier League would be pitted against those from the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Spanish La Liga, French Ligue 1, Italian Serie A, and other Mediterranean leagues.
Participating clubs would then submit two to three players and coaching staff that would be selected via a fan vote, on-line.
It is an interesting concept, but this may be too massive for something like UEFA to consider. The logistics for first submitting players, then allowing sufficient time for fans to decide could take several months, forcing such an event to be held towards late Spring/early Summer rather than mid-season.
Most leagues in the United States have had this kind of All-Star Game format for many years, most notably in Major League Baseball and National Hockey League, in addition to the National Basketball Association.
As such, the scope of these All-Star Games are typically within a single league, not a league of leagues, such as UEFA. Perhaps it’s best to try it out on a league-by-league basis first, before attempting a such a continent-wide extravaganza.
Who wouldn’t want to watch a Barclay’s Premier League All-Star Game? As prolific as Arsenal fans are at hijacking on-line voting, players like Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla, and Mesut Ozil would be a shoo-in for such a competition.
Who would you select?