However, delegates from some of these areas -- and they have a point -- say that the quality of the soccer has suffered in the wake of decentralization. The four delegates who presented the issue -- Jaka Lucu of Slovenia, Mihai Tudoran of Romania, Mico Petkovic of Serbia and Victor Vasiliev of Russia -- dream of a tomorrow where Central and Eastern European nations play in one league.
The advantages of amalgamation are evident: increased competition would increase the size of the market, boost ad and sponsorship revenues and ultimately, quality. The concerns are with implementation and the intense, politically-charged rivalries in the Balkan nations in particular. The existing domestic leagues would have to disband and officials would have to agree to on things like league infrastructure, including the number of teams from each country, and European places.