Six from England, three from Italy and SpainTwelve European clubs came out on Sunday evening (just after midnight) with a statement about the establishment of the Super League. This puts a bomb under the entire European club football. UEFA threatens with huge penalties for the clubs and the players who want to play in the Super League.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur (six Premier League clubs), Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona (three clubs from La Liga), AC Milan, Internazionale and Juventus (three clubs from the Serie A) are the twelve clubs that have agreed to a new European Super League (ESL). They announced their plans late on Sunday evening, after it became clear during the day that a huge bomb had been placed under European club football. Orange internationals Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Donny van de Beek, Nathan Aké, Steven Bergwijn, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Frenkie de Jong are among the players who are under contract with the twelve initiators. It is not yet clear how the players view these plans.
The founders expect to generate an amount of 10 billion euros with the Super League during the period that the clubs have committed themselves to the ambitious project. The twelve to fifteen clubs that make the creation of the Super League possible can count on an amount of 3.5 billion euros to support their investment plans and absorb the financial impact of the corona pandemic.
The Super League already launched one on Sunday evening own website, with the slogan ‘The best clubs, the best players, every week.’ The ESL hopes to be able to start with a competition of twenty clubs in August. Ajax, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are mentioned as clubs that have to fill the new format. The ESL assumes fifteen ‘founding members’ (permanent participants) with five clubs who can qualify annually due to good performances in the national competitions. The clubs from the ESL are planning to leave UEFA and no longer participate in the Champions League. They still want to stay active in their national competitions on the weekends. In the press release, the Super League management stated that the founders look forward to discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together, “for the best outcome of the new league and for football as a whole.”
Much criticism of plans: ‘Pure greed’
The plans of the twelve clubs are met with much criticism and anger across Europe, especially by the fans of the twelve clubs. Supporters of Arsenal, the current number nine (!) In the Premier League, say they are ashamed of their club’s plans. AC Milan and Internazionale have also been performing nothing special in the Champions League for ten years. Gary Neville lashed out hard at the plans on Sunday afternoon at Sky Sports. “It’s a complete shame. It’s pure greed. These clubs betray their own fans. They are deceiving the people, the workers, the people that made them great, ”said the former Manchester United right-back.
Clubs want to start in August
In August, the competition should start in two groups of ten teams, with away and home games. The top three of each group qualify for the quarter-finals. The clubs that finish fourth and fifth will compete in play-offs for the remaining two tickets. A home and away game is also played in the knockout phase. The final of the Super League will then be one match, which must be completed at the end of May.
The teams that play in the Super League will continue to play league games in their own country according to the founders’ plan. However, the question is whether that will still be possible. UEFA on Sunday denounced the arrival of a ‘wild’ Super League in harsh terms and threatened to expel the participating clubs from the national competitions and to ban the players who play in the Super League from the national teams.
Pérez, Agnelli and Glazer about the Super League
Florentino Pérez, the wealthy president of Real Madrid, becomes president of the Super League. Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli and Joel Glazer, the American co-owner of Manchester United, will become vice-chairmen. “We will help football at every level and bring it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with more than 4 billion fans and it is our responsibility as major clubs to fulfill their wishes, ”said Pérez in the joint statement of the twelve clubs.
“The twelve founders represent billions of fans all over the world and together no fewer than 99 European prizes. We have come together at this critical moment, which can transform European competition. The sport we love will thus have a lasting foundation, solidarity will be greatly enhanced and fans will have a constant stream of top matches that will continue to fuel their passion for the game, ”Agnelli writes.
Glazer said: “Bringing together the world’s best clubs and players to play against each other all season long, the Super League opens a new chapter in European football, bringing world-class competitions and facilities and increasing financial support for the broader football pyramid. ”