|European Football Super League|
|Foundation||April 18th 2021|
|Organized by||12 clubs|
|Participants||20 teams (2 groups of 10)|
La European Football Super League (with legal name: European Super League Company SL. as English: Super League) was a plan of league at the continental football level, made up of 20 European teams, all members of the UEFA.
It was a competition designed to rival or replace the UEFA Champions League, current top competition in Europe. The idea was met with strong opposition from fans, players, national organizations and clubs, as well as FIFA and UEFA, and in just 3 days, all the founding clubs were separated from the association except for FC Barcelona y Real Madrid CF.
The competition was officially announced on April 19, 2021, through a press release issued on the realmadrid.com website, in which all the founding members were quoted: Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona, AC Milan , Chelsea fc, Arsenal FC, Atletico Madrid, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester Unitedand Tottenham HotspurThe championship was announced as an annual league system comprised of 20 teams, with 15 being the founders, and five more to be classified through a merit ranking system from previous seasons.Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid, the president of the association was announced. Andrea Agnelli, Juventus president y Joel glazer, president of Manchester United, became vice-presidents of the competition.
La UEFA and FIFA announced in another press release that all teams taking part in this competition will be expelled from their national league and international competitions (UEFA Champions League y UEFA Europa League) that are contesting. In addition, players who are part of these teams will be expelled from all types of competition under the name of UEFA and FIFA, including competitions of national teams such as the Soccer World Cup.
Proposals for a future European Super League date back to 1998, when the Italian corporation Media Partners investigated the idea, which ended up failing when UEFA announced the format of the Champions LeagueSeveral proposals would be made over the next two decades, with little success. Related proposals included the ambitious'39 day" of the Premier League to capitalize on lucrative foreign markets.
Creation and announcement
First foray into the proposal
In October of 2020, Sky Sports announced that FIFA was devising an annual league system to be called the European Football Super League, with the idea of replacing the Champions League, and that it would involve 18 participating teams in a format of all against all that would lead to a playoff direct elimination without relegation, a system similar to the most popular competitions in the United States such as the NFL o NBAThe English soccer teams, along with Spanish and Italian teams, were invited. Football Club Barcelona accepted the invitation, a day before its president Josep Maria Bartomeu terminate his position.
However, on January 21, 2021, FIFA and the six football confederations (A, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC y UEFA) announced in a press release their rejection of the idea of a future European league. Any club or player that was involved in a hypothetical new league system would be expelled from their national league and international competition that they can play in. However, Liverpool and Manchester United continued talks involving this issue; the proposed documents indicated that the league's inaugural season would be in 2022-23, with 15 founding and permanent clubs, including six Premier League clubs. Each team would receive 320 million euros, following an annual payment per season of 213 million euros.
On April 18, 2021, the New York Times reported that 12 clubs from England, Italy and Spain had agreed in principle to form a European Super League. The New York Times reported that each team would earn more than $ 400 million. dollars for participating in the competition. The reports generated a negative reaction from UEFA and the football associations and top-tier football leagues in England, Italy and Spain, who issued a joint statement stating that they would not allow the Super League went ahead. UEFA also reiterated that any club involved in a Super League would be excluded from all other national, European and world competitions, and that its players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams. french football federation and French professional league they also issued a statement opposing the Super League proposal. The French president Emmanuel Macron and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson They also expressed their opposition to the plan Fans also expressed their opposition; the organization Football Supporters Europe He called the proposal "illegitimate, irresponsible and anticompetitive by design."
The league was announced on April 18, 2021, through a press release sent by the founding clubs. The announcement came on the eve of a meeting of the Executive Committee of the UEFA, which was intended to renew and expand the UEFA Champions League from the 2024-25 season in order to increase the number of matches and revenues, following pressure from several elite European clubs. The press release stated the intention to 'provide higher quality matches and additional financial resources for the pyramid of football in general "while" providing significantly greater economic growth and support for European football through a long-term commitment to unlimited solidarity payments that will grow in line with the league's revenues. " an interview with the Spanish program The Snack, Superliga president Florentino Pérez said that the Superliga will help clubs recoup lost profits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pérez also said that the Superliga will eventually also have a ascent and descent system and will attract a new younger generation of soccer fans while enhancing the VAR and arbitration. In addition to the men's competition, the organization also planned to launch a corresponding women's competition "as soon as possible".
There will be 20 clubs, the 15 Founding Clubs and an additional five teams that will qualify annually on the basis of the previous season's performance;
- All matches will be played during the week, in principle all clubs will continue to compete in their respective national leagues, thus preserving the traditional calendar;
- The season will begin in August with the participation of the clubs in two groups of ten, which will play round-trip matches; The top three from each group will automatically qualify for the quarterfinals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth will play a playoff additional to double game. Later they will be played playoffs double-game from the quarter-finals to the final, which will be played in a single match, at the end of May, at a neutral venue.
Twelve teams were announced as the founding teams, with three more to be added before the inaugural season. These include the Big Six of Premier League, to the three Spanish teams of LaLiga with the most championships and the three Italian teams with the most titles in the Serie A. The organization of the competition will be governed by these fifteen founding members, who will also have the permanent right to play in all its editions.
- Atletico Madrid (retired April 21, 2021)
- Real Madrid
- Arsenal (retired April 20, 2021)
- Chelsea (retired April 20, 2021)
- Liverpool (retired April 20, 2021)
- Manchester City (retired April 20, 2021)
- Manchester United (retired April 20, 2021)
- Tottenham Hotspur (retired April 20, 2021)
- Inter de Milan (retired April 21, 2021)
- Milan (retired April 21, 2021)
Abandonment of the competition
As a result of strong criticism from fans, fans and footballers, all the founding clubs except for Barcelona, Real Madrid y Juventus decided to withdraw from the project, all of these teams issued press releases on their respective websites.
Supporters of English clubs celebrated the retirement of their teams, after having held marches and protests against the competition. Some of these demonstrations took place outside football stadiums. For most fans, This project is a betrayal: «The fans, including those of the founding teams (of the European Super League), feel vertigo, betrayal, dispossession, in the words of Ronan Evain, who works as coordinator of the Football Supporters Europe fan network .
In the following table are the confirmed leaders of the organization.
|President||Florentino Pérez||President of Real Madrid|
|Vice President||Andrea Agnelli||President de Juventus|
|Vice President||Joel glazer||Executive President of the Manchester United|
|Vice President||John W Henry||Director of Liverpool|
|Vice President||Stan Kroenke||Owner of Arsenal|
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