12 major European teams are continuing their plans to create the Super League, the direct counterpart to the current European Champions League. They confirmed this on Sunday evening in a press release to Agence France-Presse. The decision is incredible A lot of criticism Welcomed.
It appears that “a dozen European clubs have reached an agreement on the creation of a new league”. “The founding clubs are Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, FC Barcelona, Inter, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur.” They say they have 3.5 billion euros in start-up capital. Meanwhile, Liverpool confirms the plans on their website.
Before the start of the first season, which should start “as soon as possible”, three more clubs will join. In total, the goal is twenty clubs. The fifteen established clubs guarantee participation in the Premier League every year, making it a closed competition. Preliminary rounds are held for the remaining five places.
The competition will always begin in August, with two series of ten teams. In it, each team plays against each other twice. The top three from each group qualify directly to the quarter-finals, and for the other two places in the quarter-finals, the fourth and fifth numbers of the groups play volley matches.
The final match will always be played in May. “These are mid-week matches so that all participating clubs can continue to work in their national competitions. Once the competition for men starts, work will be done to create a women’s competition.”
The cause of the foundation should not be far-fetched: the financial aspect is crucial. Its creation comes at a time when the global pandemic has exposed the instability of the European football model. A strategic vision and a sustainable business approach are needed to increase the value of European football. In recent months there has been intense talk about the future of European competitions. The founding clubs of the Premier League believe that the proposed solutions will not adequately address the problems, especially more higher-level matches and additional financing.
The Premier League will increase economic growth and support European football through long-term solidarity contributions to the national leagues. These contributions will be much higher than the proceeds from current European competitions. In the first stage, this includes an amount of ten billion euros. In addition, the league will be built on a sustainable financial model, with restrictions on club spending. In exchange for their entry, the clubs will immediately receive 3.5 billion euros to expand their infrastructure and deal with the consequences of the epidemic. “
Real captain Florentino Perez is the first president of the Super League. “We will help football at all levels and get our sport back where it deserves,” Perez said. “Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and it is the responsibility of the big clubs to find an answer to their desires.”
“Declaration of war”
The creation of the Premier League is a direct declaration of war against UEFA, which wants to announce its plans for an overhaul of the UEFA Champions League on Monday. Among other things, the future of the lucrative Champions League, a tournament whose value could drop sharply due to the arrival of the Premier League, will be discussed today.
In addition to UEFA, the ECA (European Club Association, European Football Club Association) and several national federations and leagues are also opposing the plans. UEFA said: “This is a ridiculous project based on the self-interest of a small number of clubs, at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever before.”
“Unity in world football”
Finally, FIFA sees no benefit in the formation of the Super League by a select group of major European clubs. “We do not agree with the closed European competition, which is divided outside the international structures of football,” FIFA said in a brief statement. FIFA has always advocated for unity in world football and calls on all parties involved in the heated discussions to engage in a calm, constructive and balanced dialogue in the interest of the game and in a spirit of solidarity and fair play. FIFA will do everything possible to contribute to a coordinated path forward for the common good of football. .
However, the founding clubs of the Premier League are pushing for talks with UEFA and FIFA to “work together as partners”.
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