The European Super League … what exactly and why did it spark uproar and outrage?


Over the course of a few hours, the pace of talk about a new European championship announced by the elite clubs on the continent increased in a sudden, it seems that if it were actually launched, it would be devastating to the European Champions League, the most important European club at the current level.

So what is the European Super League?

A championship project, announced by 12 European clubs, will soon be launched with the addition of 8 other clubs and the arrival of the “founders” to 20 clubs.

What clubs have been involved in the project so far?

The 12 clubs that announced the start of the tournament are 6 from England (Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool), 3 Italian clubs (Juventus, Milan and Inter Milan), and 3 Spanish clubs (Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid).

It is expected that 8 other clubs not yet known will join, of which 3 will announce to join the championship directly, while 5 other clubs will qualify based on their results in the previous season.

What is the tournament system?

The proposed tournament will consist of two groups, of 10 teams each, that will play their midweek matches in addition to their domestic league matches.

The tournament starts in August, and the teams of each group play home and away matches, provided that the first 3 teams qualify from each group to the quarter-finals, then the fourth and fifth places compete in a mini tournament to complete the quarter-finals.

The remaining rounds will be played in an knockout system until the final is held in May.

According to the organizers of the new tournament, a version for women will be launched after the start of the men’s tournament.

why now?

A statement by the founding clubs said that the Super League aims to start its competitions “as quickly as possible”, and these clubs will receive 3.5 billion euros (4.19 billion dollars) “to support investment plans in infrastructure and face the repercussions of the Corona virus pandemic.”

“We will help football at all levels 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 our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires,” said Real Madrid President and Super League president Florentino Perez.

It is expected that the revenues of the tournament from television broadcasting rights will reach 4 billion dollars annually, from which the founding clubs will get the largest share.

What is the response of the unions?

Immediately, the condemnations came from the local associations in Europe, the European Football Association (UEFA), as well as the International Football Association (FIFA).

FIFA said Sunday evening: “Any football competition, whether national, regional or global, must always reflect the basic principles of solidarity, inclusiveness, integrity and fair financial redistribution.”

He continued, “In addition, football’s governing bodies must use all legal, sporting and diplomatic means to ensure this continues.”

The Football Association said the move would be “harmful to English and European football at all levels,” and that it “would attack the principles of open competition and sporting merit, which are essential to competitive sport.”

“We will not grant permission for any competition that would harm English football, and we will take any necessary legal and / or regulatory action to protect the wider interests of the game,” he added.

UEFA said: “We will consider all procedures available to us at all levels, both judicial and sports, in order to prevent this from happening. Football is based on open competition and sporting merit, and it cannot be in any other way.”

And the European Union continued: “As previously announced by FIFA and the six federations, the clubs concerned will be prevented from playing in any other competition at the local, European or global level, and their players may be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.”

He added, “We thank clubs in other countries, especially French and German clubs, which have refused to join this. We invite all football fans, fans and politicians to join us in the fight against such a project if they have it. This constant self-interest of a few people has been going on since …” Long time. That’s enough. ”

“Fans of any club in England and across Europe can now dream that their team could go up to the top and play against the best. We believe that the concept of the European Super League would put an end to this dream,” the Premier League said.

Why the criticism?

Criticism has reached the corridors of European politics, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying that the new league “will strike the heart of the local game and cause fans to worry across the country”. But why?

Critics argue that the new league is “taken by force” by the top clubs, and that the tournament is a “closed competition” and “a way for these clubs to secure more money for themselves.”

Fans are also upset, as the competition will lose the up-and-down excitement seen in other football tournaments, and so the game will lose its excitement.

With only a handful of sites available each year for teams outside the main group, it is feared that there will be no competition, leaving an exclusive group and an untouchable elite at the top.

“This proposal risks closing the door in the face of fans forever, turning them into mere spectators and consumers,” said British Labor Party leader Sir Keir Starmer, who is known to support Arsenal.

As Sir Ed Davey, the leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats, said: “This is greed. It tears at the heart of the English game, leaving clubs across the country suffering after a bad year.”


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