If you are a faithful reader of Foot Mercato, you know that Friday often rhymes with the UEFA index. And often, this is not to announce good news. Also, France really shakes for its index. As a reminder, the gap has narrowed considerably with the Netherlands and Portugal and there are reasons to fear the worst in the face of 2024, the date of entry into force of the new Champions League formula.
Therefore, it is time to act. And fast This morning, as part of the “Demain le Sport” festival, organized by The team, France Information Y televisions in FranceVincent Labrune only announced the date of the future tender for the television rights of Ligue 1. The French in Europe.
The L1 must be part of the European top 3
“France now plays in the European second division, we must not be afraid to say it”he said in comments broadcast by goalbefore adding that “the explosion of television rights” is one of the factors “which have revealed the endemic weaknesses of French professional football”. Maintaining fifth place in the UEFA index is therefore a priority for Labrune. Without that, it will be difficult to renegotiate major television rights in a year.
The former OM president also revealed the future goals of the League. And they are very tall. As well as increasing international revenue, Labrune wants Ligue 1 to be among the top three leagues in Europe. “Ligue 1 will have to be, in five years, not in the top 4, but on the European podium, both in terms of sporting results and revenue. » Ambitious ? Surreal? The debate is open.