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European bosses ‘exploring different ideas’ amid talk of taking Super Cup to USA

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European football bosses have admitted they are “exploring different ideas” as discussions continue behind the scenes about taking a revamped UEFA Super Cup to the United States.The PA news agency understands substantive talks have taken place over a four-team Super Cup being played as a season-opening event in the US from 2024, potentially featuring the champions of Major League Soccer alongside the winners of UEFA’s three men’s club competitions.Nasser Al Khelaifi, who as well as being chairman of the European Club Association and president of Paris St Germain is a UEFA executive committee member, was asked whether taking UEFA matches outside Europe was beyond the realms of possibility at the ECA’s General Assembly in Istanbul on Friday.He said: “We didn’t discuss America, specifically, we didn’t agree anything basically.“What we are trying to do is help to grow and develop our competitions.

We have the right to think about it, to explore different ideas and to look at what makes sense or not, but for today, I can confirm nothing.“But why not look for all the opportunities that we have to grow our clubs and our competitions?”UEFA and the ECA see the US as a major growth market.

They have achieved a 150 per cent increase in the value of their English-language broadcast rights in the US as part of their new commercial joint venture, compared to the current cycle.That rights deal was brokered by Relevent, a company which has previously tried, without success, to organise regular-season LaLiga matches in the US.Ajax chief executive Edwin Van Der Sar, another member of the ECA board, also did not dismiss the possibility of UEFA matches going overseas in the future.The former Manchester United goalkeeper said: “You pretend

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