European Super League Football: The professional football world has turned upside down with news of 12 top European football clubs announcing the formation of a new competition called the Super League (European Super League). Be it the local governments, UEFA, FIFA, Domestic leagues, football administrators – all are criticizing the move by AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham to join the break-away league.
All you want to know about European Super League start date, List of confirmed teams & clubs, FIFA & UEFA sanctions
European Super League Football – Who are the 12 ‘founding members’?
Milan, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham.
European Super League Football – What about the big German and French clubs?
German & French Clubs are yet to join the break-away Super-League. Be it last year’s Champions League & Bundesliga winner Bayern Munich or French champions Paris Saint Germain, none of them have joined the breakaway league as yet They have said that they are currently not interesting in joining the project. PSG is currently in the semi-finals of Champions League and will play Manchester City.
European Super League Football – Will the 12 clubs leave their domestic leagues?
At the moment they are hoping to remain playing in those competitions but the leagues have all issued strong-worded statements condemning the clubs and the new breakaway league.
European Super League Football – How much money is involved, who is funding the SUPER-LEAGUE?
The monies projected in the European Super League is phenomenal, much more than what clubs currently make by playing Champions League or any other competition. The statement from the 12 clubs said: “Founding clubs will receive an amount of €3.5bn solely to support their infrastructure investment plans and to offset the impact of the Covid pandemic.” It added: “The new annual tournament will provide significantly greater economic growth and support for European football … and [solidarity payments] are expected to be in excess of €10bn during the course of the initial commitment period of the clubs.”
European Super League Football – How would it work, what is the format of the competition?
There would be 20 participating clubs, with 15 founding clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.
European Super League Football – Start Dates, schedules and when would matches be played?
There would be midweek fixtures with all participating clubs hoping to compete in their respective national leagues. There would be two groups of 10, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter-finals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth would then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions. A two-leg knockout format would be used to reach the final at the end of May, which would be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.
The clubs said in their statement that they were looking to start the competition in August.
European Super League Football: What did the organisers claim?
Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid and the first chairman of the Super League, said: “We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires.”
Perez’s vice-chairs will be Joel Glazer of Manchester United and Andrea Agnelli of Juventus.
Glazer said: “By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid.”
European Super League Football – How FIFA, UEFA & Others are reacting to the development?
There has been widespread criticism at the idea.
European football’s governing body UEFA have expressed their disapproval, claiming players participating in the Super League could be “banned from all UEFA and FIFA competitions, European or International level.”
FIFA also condemned the proposals. “FIFA can only express its disapproval to a “closed European breakaway league” outside of the international football structures and not respecting the aforementioned principles,” it said in a statement.
“FIFA always stands for unity in world football and calls on all parties involved in heated discussions to engage in calm, constructive and balanced dialogue for the good of the game and in the spirit of solidarity and fair play.
Gary Neville, the former Manchester United defender summing up most people’s feelings when he said:
‘I’m disgusted with Manchester United and Liverpool the most. They’re breaking away to a competition they can’t be relegated from? It’s an absolute disgrace. It’s pure greed, they’re impostors. The owners of Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City have nothing to do with football in this country. They’re an absolute joke. Time has come now to have independent regulators to stop these clubs from having the power base. Enough is enough’