"Plastic competition, like his trophy, the League Cup is now empty"

"Plastic competition, like his trophy, the League Cup is now empty"

April 1, 2019 0 By admin

The pump "sound and light" of the painful opening ceremony of the final, against a backdrop of eurodance, is not an illusion: the Coupe de Ligue is only very late, less and less, and only the fans of the finalists.
The pump "sound and light" of the painful opening ceremony of the final, against a backdrop of eurodance, is not an illusion: the Coupe de Ligue is only very late, less and less, and only the fans of the finalists. PASCAL ROSSIGNOL / REUTERS

CHRONIC. In the boredom of a 0-0 concluded by shots on goal, in the rather general indifference of non-Alsatians and non-Costarmoricans, in the middle of a weekend of championship, the RC Strasbourg s' is awarded Saturday, March 30 against Guingamp League Cup more devalued than ever.

Certainly, after twenty-five years of its current formula, we could give it a form of historical thickness, but it will be easier for generations who have always known and may believe that, as the Champions League not champions or questionable jerseys "third" she has always existed.

Disavowal in series

Another misleading impression: the Stade Pierre-Mauroy Lille, filled for this final, hides badly the disastrous affluence of previous rounds. In the quarterfinals, for example, 7,600 spectators attended Bordeaux-Le Havre (18% filling rate), 21,700 Lyon-Strasbourg (38%). Prior to its conclusion in the North, the competition averaged less than 9,000 spectators per game.

She does not do better on the side of the hearings. The haemorrhage affects all the towers, but the 2.26 million viewers measured Saturday night – half of the score still recorded in 2012 – mark a seventh consecutive year of decline. Neither the prospect of seeing PSG outclass its opponent (from 2014 to 2018), nor this pleasant poster of outsiders have been able to stop the fall.

Ultimate disavowal, the Cup has still not found a diffuser after 2020. Until now, it was alms for public service (but has become too expensive for it) or more recently for Canal +, stripped of major competitions by its competitors.

In summary, the Coupe de Ligue is only very late, less and less interested, and only the finalists' fans. The pump "sound and light" of its painful opening ceremony, against a backdrop of eurodance, is no illusion.

Favoritism

Plastic competition, like his trophy, the League Cup is now empty. Naked, too, as it appears more than ever for what it has always been: a tournament that offers a pass to the clubs involved in the European Cup (as seeded, four wins are enough to get a ticket for the Europa League) and distributes easily earned bonuses.

The 2.8 million euros awarded to this year's winner thus constitute the only indicator rising, obtained thanks to a new contract with an Indian industrialist, "World leader in tires for specialized segments of machinery and equipment used in agriculture, earthworks, mining, industrial, port, gardening and small off-road equipment".

A niche sponsor for a competition more and more minor, and a naming that does not help his image. In September 2018, the general director of the League, Didier Quillot, had said, without laughing, that this partnership demonstrated "The growing attractiveness of the League Cup".

We still preferred the sobriquet of "Mustache Cup", in reference to the famous hair attribute of the former president of the LFP, Frédéric Thiriez, his greatest defender, or that of "Coupe Machin" given by former coach Raymond Domenech.

End of life product

Not only has she never acquired the legitimacy of the more than hundred years Coupe de France, but she has helped to demote it to the rank of poor relative, while weighing down the calendars with contested meetings with a palpable lack of motivation.

It was launched in 1995, however, in exchange for a league from twenty to eighteen clubs … which was only from 1998 to 2002. Its counterparts in Germany (1997-2007) and Spain ( 1982-1986) had only ephemeral lives, and Italy has always refrained from organizing one. The English League Cup, born in 1961, is undergoing growing criticism.

With so many lines of discredit, we say that the filing for bankruptcy is close. It's still showing optimism. World football is part of a "dynamic" invention of fanciful competitions or expansion of existing competitions, with greed for only motivation.

There may be hope, however: the prospect of discounted rights and a fully paid broadcast could spell the end of the League Cup. It will be time to consider the recycling of his trophy, why not in the ballot box for the draw of the Coupe de France.

Jérôme Latta

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