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“May RB Leizpig and Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League play?’

François Colin on belangenvermengingen between football clubs.

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RB Leipzig saw last Saturday a prestigezege against champion Bayern Munich through the nose drilled in the most sensational party of this Bundesligaseizoen. Rasenballsport had a week earlier been able to celebrate, after the handsome 1-4 victory at Hertha Berlin. For the kick-off of that duel had coach Ralph Hasenhüttl his players a montage with the highlights of the season. The movie ended with the anthem of the Champions League. icipation in the kampioenenbal was in Berlin secured.

Although, there is still a extrasportief problem: RB Leipzig is in the hands of the energiedrankproducent Red Bull. Just as Red Bull Salzburg, this weekend the insured of a new Austrian title. Both clubs may perhaps not take part in the same European competition.

A decision that dates back to 1999. The British investeerdersmaatschappij ENIC was then (and still do) the majority shareholder of Tottenham Hotspur and Slavia Prague. Both clubs have qualified for participation in the then UEFA Cup. The BAG (the international sporttribunaal in Lausanne) decided, however, that no society or individual can control or influence may have more than one club in the same European competition. A decision by the UEFA was acquired.

ENIC was probably the first company that football clubs started to collect. The company of Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy now has a pretty impressive collection with each other: Tottenham Hotspur, Rangers, Slavia Prague, AEK Athens, Vicenza Calcio and FC Basel.

There are a lot of advantages to an owner of multiple clubs. Both sports (scouting) as well as on business level (sponsorship, expertise) are interesting synergies possible. Since the transferbedragen continued to increase in recent years, there were also good things to do to players between the zusterclubs to transfer and preferably final, to sell to clubs with more financial resources.

The example of ENIC got so quite a following. Just think of the Italian families of Pozzo, who is the boss at Watford FC and Udinese Calcio. Granada, Spain was recently sold to the Chinese company Desport. The Malay Vincent Tan owns three clubs: Cardiff City, FK Sarajevo and KV Kortrijk. The best example for us is Roland Duchâtelet, who, after the sale of Standard the Spanish club Alcorcón, the East-German Carl-Zeiss Jena, the British Charlton Athletic and through his partner STVV in his hands.

In the meantime, put the phenomenon is continuing, but in a different way. The are the soccer clubs that teams from smaller leagues – especially in so-called emerging voetbalmarkten – bringing to their brand, strengthen their activities, to diversify and optimize. Manchester City Football Group is a trendsetter with its branches in America (New York City FC), Australia (Melbourne City FC), Japan (Yokohama Mariners) and most recently Uruguay (Atlético Torque). Atlético Madrid is at the moment a more modest property in Mexico (Atlético San Luis), France (Racing Lens), and India (Atletico de Kolkata). Fiorentina also has a leg on the ground in India (FC Pune City), Inter in China (Jangiu), although it’s actually the other way around and recently bought AS Monaco in Cercle Brugge. FC Barcelona throws a very different approach and wants to be a team from the U.s. Women’s Soccer League in the house.

When supporters of the smaller clubs it all sounds very positive in the ears. The problems arise only when the interests of the big club at the expense of their affiliates. For example, if one of the two is therefore not up to the European competition can participate. To the appearance of belangenvermeniging to avoid, the names of the clubs in Leipzig and Salzburg some distance by sporting director Ralf Rangnick is still only for RB Leipzig to work. It is for Red Bull, however, afraid to wait and see whether UEFA’s there in the kick.

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