The BeNeLiga seems dead and buried. The Dutch clubs in particular pulled the plug on the cross-border competition. Although Vincent Mannaert is still convinced that it is about postponement and not about adjustment.
“There was a moment of momentum when the Belgian teams were higher in terms of points coefficient than the Dutch clubs”, Vincent Mannaert reconstructs the story in MIDMIDPodcast. “But it is simply the case that, historically, Dutch football is a lot bigger than the Belgian league. And that’s what it all came down to.”
Although the general manager of Club Brugge does not (yet) throw the file in the trash. “Those intranational competitions will come. Although it may not be voluntary and Belgium and the Netherlands will not be the first. I expect that there will be a cross-border competition through UEFA with Norway, Finland and Denmark.”
The BeNeLiga jumped on that
“And then the other smaller competitions will also have to follow,” concludes Mannaert. In that regard, I am sure that those reforms will come. So I expect that the BeNeLiga will come about one day. I just don’t know when that day will be.”