In an official note, Benfica “expresses his protest and tremendous concern” in front of the “Club’s League” incomprehensible decision to maintain “all competitions in the same format as the previous releases next season.”
The incarnate stress that this decision “runs counter to any reflection made about the need to resize and make the competition calendar compatible, given the one month reduction from the duration of the next football season, which will be the shortest ever in just nine months. »
“The context caused by this serious pandemic has given rise to, in the most different countries, reflections and decisions on the eradication of competitions, the rewording of the competition framework always with the intention of reactivating football, but predicting that less competition time would require less competitive density”
“That is, the clubs will have the same number of games in less than one month of competition. If chaos in the game selection has felt during the past season, the worst of this season is feared, ”warns Clube da Luz.
In view of the exceptional circumstances and the decision announced by the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP) to maintain all competitions in the same format as in previous editions, Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Futebol, SAD expresses its protest and its enormous concern, based on the following reasons:
1 – This decision is incomprehensible and contradicts all the reflection that had been made about the need to resize and make the competition calendar compatible, given the reduction of one month from the next football season, which will be the shortest ever with only nine months.
2 – It should be remembered that during this season the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) created a working group where one of the most important themes was competition density due to the fact that in Portugal there is more gambling than in several European countries, especially those standing us closest to the European “Ranking”, with all the inherent disadvantages of the national teams present in European competitions.
The very creation of this reflection room and the personal involvement of the Presidents of the FPF and the League of Portugal, in themselves, suggest the recognition of the enormous concern that this issue has aroused for everyone.
3 – In recent years we have seen the mix of competitive teams (for example, the end of the League Cup in some countries) considering that we have more and more games for the same player. National and international calendars mean that some of our players play more than sixty games per season, which over a shorter season increases the concern for all clubs.
4 – The context caused by this serious pandemic has given rise to, in the most different countries, reflections and decisions on the eradication of competitions, the reformulation of the competitive framework always with the intention of reactivating football, but predicting that less competition time requires less density competitively.
5 – What is the surprise of the clubs when they face calendars where practically the same number of games and contests remain (except Super Cup). That is, the clubs will have the same number of games in less than one competition month. If chaos in the selection of games felt last season, the worst of this season is feared.
6 – Finally, he warns that with this calendar, a player can make (depending on the team’s commitments) seventy matches in a season. In other words, the maximum number of games ever made, in the shortest time ever and where it imposes greater restrictions and security requirements at all levels.
Lisbon, July 8, 2020