What is The European Super League? Is it all bad and why were the club leaders compelled to form this league?
Which are the clubs involved in this?
The 12 clubs who have already confirmed and pulled out of the ECA are AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur.
It is anticipated a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which according to the clubs ‘is intended to commence as soon as practicable’. German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are not included and nor are French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
What is the League Format going to look like?
The Super League website reads: “The Super League is a new European competition between 20 top clubs comprised of 15 founders and five annual qualifiers. There will be two groups of 10 clubs each, playing home and away fixtures within the group each year.
“Following the group stage, eight clubs will qualify for a knockout tournament, playing home and away until the single-match Super League championship, in a dramatic four-week end to the season.
“Games will be played midweek, and all clubs will remain in their domestic leagues.”
The format of the Super League
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This league format when compared against the new Swiss Format of the UEFA Champions league which will come into effect from the season 2024/2025 is much more financially convenient. The increased number of games would bring in a lot more money from TV rights. Both the league formats aren’t taking players fitness and fatigue levels into consideration especially with domestic football at its highest level in countries like England and Spain especially during the Christmas time when the fixtures come thick and fast.
What led to the formation of The European Super League?
Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez says the European Super League was created to 'save football.' pic.twitter.com/maP6TnNT4v
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Top teams have to battle every season to qualify for the UEFA Champions League which is their primary source of financial gain and if they are unable to qualify, they not only lose the money but also the chance for top players to join their team because no player wants to play for a team who is not in the Champions League. With The ESL, ‘Founding Fathers’ or the ‘Elite Teams’ will never get relegated thus giving them a sense of security.
Failures of UEFA
The European Super League is the natural progression of football, but to claim it is the end of football as we know it might ultimately prove to be an exaggeration. It in an obvious sense is not the right manner for the clubs to protest for financial and executional independence from UEFA, but realistically this is a logical step for the biggest teams, that goes further to sustain their dominance.
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