The game in spain should be encouraged to grow but SL would be about 30 years away at best, unless you employ a team of foriegners to play out of Barcelona and that will never work in the long run. Maybe a spanish team playing in the lowest pro level in france would be a start? I would imagine that currently the standard in spain wouldn't be high enough for that yet though.
30 years is an unnecessarily pessimistic prediction. Right now we have several amateur teams in Spanish Catalonia, mostly comprised of university students. It is all these teams, not only the FC Barcelona team, which will provide the first generation of semi-pro players and coaches for a semi pro- Barcelona FC club --- as soon as Barcelona FC and the French Elite management feel they want Barcelona FC to begin playing in the French Elite.
Once that semi pro club is set up, it could be less than ten years before a Barcelona FC club is ready for Super League. They have the money and organisation. All they need is players. Ten years is enough to have a core of Spanish players ready, to be joined for sure at the start by eight or so Antipodean players for the first few years. That allowance of imports is standard for new SL expansion clubs, and would not raise an eyebrow with the Barcelona FC management, who love buying their imports for their soccer team.
Thus while 2021 may seem very soon, it is not impossible to imagine that Barcelona FC joins Super League for that new round of licenses. I wouldn't even count out 2018.
Since Paris SF reportedly is preparing for a French Elite team already, I have no doubt that the conceivable arrival of Barcelona to Super League in 2021 would at that time be strongly applauded by the then well established Stade Francais Super League management and their many thousands of Paris based fans.
Edited by ParisSurtout, 14 August 2010 - 10:14 PM.