Wednesday Kickoff: Qatar plotting ‘Dream’ club tournament (or is it), Monterrey moves on to CCL semis, and more

Ryan Giggs of Manchester United in action with Juan Mata of Chelsea

BY DAN KARELL

Some say money can’t buy you love, but in the football world, it can buy just about anything.

Reports are streaming out of England that name Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal, as the centerpieces of a Dream Football League, which is being organized and would take place in Qatar, during the summer of 2015. In a competition of 24 teams, the winner could bring in upwards of $280 million, a number that’s four times higher than what Chelsea received for winning the Champions League last season.

The four Premier League clubs would be joined by 16 other permanent members of the DFL, as it’s being called, with eight teams invited on a year-to-year basis.

There are fresh reports suggesting the original report about the ‘Dream Football League’ was a hoax, but London Times author Oliver Kay, who penned the original article, has refuted such claims via Twitter.

Here are some more stories to get your Wednesday started:

MONTERREY MOVE ON TO SEMI-FINALS

Mexican club Monterrey, two-time defending champions of the CONCACAF Champions League, have earned a place in the semi-final round of the competition, following a 1-1 draw against Xelaju on Tuesday night in Monterrey.

The Mexican side, which won the two-legged affair 4-2 on aggregate, went down a goal in the 44th minute, when Fredy Santiago scored for the Guatemalan side, forcing Monterrey manager Victor Manuel Vucetich to change his halftime talk.

The home side, who finished third at the 2012 Club World Cup, scored one back in the 64th minute via Walter Ayovi. The goal was enough to see Rayados into the next round, where they’ll face either Herediano of Costa Rica, or Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS.

MINNOWS CARACAS STUN GIANTS GREMIO

On Tuesday night in Caracas, Venezuela, Caracas FC channeled the spirit of former president Hugo Chavez, and defeated former Copa Libertadores champs Gremio, by a score of 2-1.

The Brazilian side took the lead in the 17th minute, when former Man City forward Elano headed in a cross from former Arsenal left back Andre Santos. The home side were sent into the locker room happy though, when Louis Angelo Pena’s 20 yard strike went into the bottom corner, two minutes into first-half stoppage time.

In the 66th minute, Caracas completed the comeback, when Edder Farias slotted home from close range, stunning the star-studded Brazilian lineup and their supporters, while putting the home crowd into delirious celebrations. With the win, Caracas joins Gremio with six points in the table, with the Brazilian club ahead on goal difference in second place in Group 8.

Across the continent on Tuesday evening, Newell’s Old Boys defeated Universidad de Chile 2-0 to go top of Group 7, Velez Sarsfield of Argentina defeated Peñarol of Uruguay 3-1, and Sporting Cristal of Peru tied Libertad of Paraguay 1-1.

QUICK KICKS

The Brazilian National Team will play a friendly match against Bolivia, with all proceeds from the game going to the family of the 14-year-old San Jose (BOL) fan who was killed by a stray flare at a match against Brazilian side Corinthians (REPORT)

On-loan Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, who signed for Manchester United in January, has been charged by the FA for improper conduct, after making an inappropriate gesture to the crowd. (REPORT)

Barcelona are interested in a move for FC Porto’s Jackson Martinez, who has 23 goals in 22 games in the Portuguese league this season. (REPORT)

England have hired Peter Taylor to coach their U-20 team at the upcoming U-20 World Cup in Turkey. (REPORT)

Galatasaray fans who didn’t have a ticket to the match against Schalke on Tuesday night tried to dig a hole under a fence with their bare hands to get inside the stadium. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? Do you see Qatar creating the DFL by 2015? Can Monterrey make the final once more? What do you think of the Caracas result?

Share your thoughts below.

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12 Responses to Wednesday Kickoff: Qatar plotting ‘Dream’ club tournament (or is it), Monterrey moves on to CCL semis, and more

  1. Old School says:

    “In a competition of 24 teams, the winner could bring in upwards of $280 million, a number that’s four times higher than what Chelsea received for winning the Champions League last season.”

    Wow.

    I don’t even know where to begin on this…

  2. steveo says:

    so, hang on a second… World Cup in Qatar in the summer=bad, “dream club” tourney in the summer=good?

    as for the Clubs, why don’t they just exit EPL and Champions league altogether and just go touring the world (Mid East>China>US>Mid East> China>US) as part of some never ending global tournament between themselves, Barca, Real, Milan and PSG?

    • beto says:

      haha right! nothing in that story makes sense..

      when are they just going to start calling it the Qatari English Premier League?

      • Edwin in LA says:

        I suppose CONCACAF and CONMEBOL players will not take part in their National Team’s Continental championships….you know…the Gold Cup and Copa America going on that summer….

  3. Old School says:

    “Galatasaray fans who didn’t have a ticket to the match against Schalke on Tuesday night tried to dig a hole under a fence with their bare hands to get inside the stadium.”

    That.is.priceless.

  4. Travis in Miami says:

    Hmmm….. the big four have a slight change.

  5. jonk says:

    Before anyone else starts blasting SBI, the link in the blurb above does mention that there are questions regarding whether or not it’s a hoax.

  6. Tyler K says:

    Coming from the same people that promised to build air conditioned stadiums by 2022? Ha.

    • Old School says:

      Don’t forget, “and donate the stadiums” after the games.

    • baropbop says:

      It’s not going to happen, but this has disaster writteb all over it. More dollars than sense.
      I do wonder how this would impact the new fair play rules. I’m really sick of unprofitable teams being showcased.

  7. jon says:

    if true, this seems like a massive money loser. no one will care enough to watch a fake champions league.. I suppose this is better than quatar spending the money on harems and fake islands (oh wait). but just another reason why petro states eventually fail.

  8. Victor says:

    Get an MLS team in there and then if they win they can donate it to the league and increase the salary cap :) haha