If you are a big fan of football, you have probably come within earshot of information about a rogue arrangement dabbed European Super League. The biggest question is, what is the European Super League?
The European Super League.
Earlier this week, twelve of Europe’ leading football clubs had announced that they would be forming their own mid-week competition, one they planned to call the European Super League, and one under the ‘governance’ of the founding members.
By 18th April 2021, six Premier League clubs had subscribed for the ludicrous arrangement, namely Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea football clubs. Other clubs include AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Inter Millan, Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona, who were the ‘founding clubs.’
How would it work?
Teams would be put in groups of 10. They would then play each other home and away in their groups, followed by a knockout stage. The games would be played mid-week, in a competition that would run from August to May. 15 founding clubs would govern the competition, with them having automatic slots each time, and 5 others having to qualify each season.
Where is the problem?
In the last 48 hours alone, the backlash generated from the fans has forced the founding clubs to distance themselves from the idea entirely, and they have given the following as some of the reasons as to why they do not wish to see their clubs play a part in the competition.
Some of the founding clubs like Arsenal and Tottenham have had a poor league form, losing many points to non-big six sides. Dabbing them ‘big’ is an insult to the clubs that have bested them in the campaign.
All clubs have exceptional talent, and therefore those players need to be respected as well, an idea which lies foreign to the policy of the ESL, which is not of an inclusive nature.
Governing bodies like UEFA, FA, RFEF, FIGC, LaLiga, LegaSerie A and FIFA are viewing the move as a power grab, because founders would answer to no one but themselves. In a joint statement released by UEFA, the governing bodies said, “if this were to happen, we wish to reiterate that we UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the premier League, LaLiga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations-will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever…”
Although the competition houses powerful sides, history is proof that 12 of the founding members are neither the most historically successful, highest earning nor worse, part of the current top performers in their respective leagues.
The Premier League wrote, “The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit, which are the heart of the European football pyramid. Fans of any club in England and Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream. The Premier League is proud to run a competitive and compelling football competition that has made it the most widely watched league in the world. Our success has enabled us to make an unrivalled financial contribution to the domestic football pyramid”
the widespread condemnation and pressure from the fans has forced all six of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ to pull out of the competition, leaving only the other Spanish and Italian clubs, who still insist that the idea is 100% viable.