A football Super League featuring the best teams from Russia and Ukraine could be launched in 2014, top Russia football officials speculate.
The idea of creating something similar to ice hockey’s KHL in football was first voiced by Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller and it seems to be gaining popularity among Russia’s top football officials.
The replacement for the Russian Premier League is primarily aimed at attracting more interest in the competition and consequently increasing the clubs’ revenue to help them meet new UEFA financial fair play rules.
CSKA Moscow president Evgeny Giner suggested the league’s first season could be played 2014-15 at the earliest.
Representatives of Zenit St. Petersburg, Anzhi Makhachkala and the Russian Premier League also backed the plans.
UEFA “has said it will allow the unification of championships,” Giner stated, adding he expected the European governing body to allow the countries involved to keep their current quotas in European competitions.
“We need to make it so there is fan interest, sponsor interest, TV interest,” Giner also stressed.
A study group is expected be set up by the end of the year to design a format for the new league and decide which countries to include.
I thought ukrainians didnt like russians?
Depends on the Ukrainian. Catholic Ukrainians almost universally hate Russia. Orthodox Ukrainians are pretty mixed. Same with the non-religious.
But with the Italian league losing momentum, this could be a top 3-5 league in Europe very soon.
So Russia is not quite in the top 5 but Ukraine is pretty close actually- that is if you think this ranking is any better than another arbitrary ranking of leagues