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05-01-2012, 07:49 AM
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you say that Björklöven would not be rival of your club if they played european leagues instead of swedish one? Interesting.. nice.
It´s pretty obvious, isn't it? Rivalry does not limit it self to the top league, in this case the SEL. Rivalry spreads down the league system. If svartguls team (Skelleftea - playing in the SEL) was to join the KHL they would not exist in the same league system as their biggest rival. While svartgul have a great time "laughing" at Bjorkloven (now playing 3rd tier in Sweden), Bjorkloven now fights their way up in the league system (after bad economics relegated them) dreaming of the day they knock Skelleftea down again.
So yes, if svartgul team joined a european league without any connection to the league system in Sweden - that rivalry would be gone.
This kind of rivalry exists everywhere in Sweden and it fuels the interest and the fans, and it cant be replaced with an other team.
I could see a potential in a Nordic league, but not a new league cutting away from the SEL and FEL. A swedish division (SEL division) and a finnish division (FEL division) both connected to their respective league systems below.
Swedish division champions = Swedish champions as of today.
Finnish division champions = Finnish champions as of today.
Swe champ vs Fin champ = Nordic champs.
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