Analysis: International game retains an emotional and commercial appeal

In the final part of our look at the financial issues affecting the now collapsed Super League, we break down why international football remains a force the rich clubs cannot ignore

‘World Cups remain better ratings winners than the top tier of the club game.’ Picture: Getty

This series has lasted twice as long as the Super League did at this stage and the reasons for its collapse were many. Fan power undoubtedly played a role but financial interests, on multiple levels, also ensured it was doomed to failure.

The one card UEFA always had at its disposal irrespective of TV and league contracts was its control over the international game, an aspect of football the power clubs could not afford to ...