Could Norway's Rosenborg join new European league?

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Could Norway's Rosenborg join new European league?
Rosenborg is one of ten clubs rumoured for the new league. Photo: Ned Alley/NTB Scanpix

According to a new report, Rosenborg is involved in talks that would see major teams from Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland form a new multinational football league.


News of the possible new league came from FC Copenhagen director Anders Hørsholt, who told a Danish tabloid that the club was involved in talks with other major teams.
"If we don't act now we will see the biggest clubs grow larger and stronger while it will be increasingly difficult for clubs like us," he told daily BT.
Hørsholt said he was "actively participating" in talks on "alternative international opportunities", but added that it was "still too early to talk about concrete models."
The new project could eventually lead to the clubs involved having to leave their national leagues, he said.
Rosenborg was the only Norwegian club mentioned in BT's report. In addition to FC Copenhagen, clubs from the Netherlands (Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord), Belgium (Anderlecht, Club Brugge), Scotland (Celtic, Rangers), Sweden (Malmö FF) and Norway (Rosenborg) were involved in the talks, according to BT.
Denmark's Brøndby said it was not taking part in the talks but that it had received some information about them and that it was "not surprised that alternatives are being discussed."
Malmö FF sporting director Daniel Andersson told the Malmo24 website that he did not want to comment on the report, but added that "there are many projects afoot. ... You don't know what the future looks like."
Changes to the format of the Champions League are a "scandal" and could spark a revolt among small and mid-size leagues, the head of the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) said on September 22nd.
"Why is UEFA capitulating to the big clubs? It's a scandal," Lars-Christer Olsson, a Swede who heads the association of 25 European leagues, told the Swedish football league website.
UEFA said in August that England, Spain, Italy and Germany would each be guaranteed four berths for their clubs in the tournament between 2018 and 2021.


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