European Super League, as a concept, has been talked about for several decades now, with the best clubs of the top five leagues brewing ideas for a competition where they could come together to play each other regularly — more than what UEFA Champions League allows.
The dream seems to be becoming a reality soon, as, in 2018, reports for a European Super League came to limelight after sealed documents were uncovered.
Not only will it bring the best across the continent face-to-face, but it will also generate revenue for each club in gargantuan amounts, making them financially stable for years to come. This has especially become a hot topic since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has deeply damaged the economic situation of a lot of clubs around the continent.
Deportivo Carrusel has revealed some details about the competition:
There will be 16 to 18 teams in a league format, with teams chosen from the top 5 leagues across Europe, namely Spains’ La Liga, England’s Premier League, Germany’s Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A, and France’s Ligue 1. Which means that there could be around three teams from each league, or maybe the Premier League will be allowed more teams given the historical relevance of the teams in the league.
The idea is to make this competition take place while sustaining the Domestic leagues, so they will be made compatible with each other, with home, and away matches taking place, like in the domestic leagues. Stemming from that, there will be 32 or 36 matches depending on the number of teams in the competition. It will, however, replace the UEFA Champions League.
The European Super League will replace the UEFA Champions League.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) December 20, 2020
The idea of the Super League has been debated among football fans for years, with the majority of the fans thinking it would be unfair, and create too much of a financial disparity between clubs. Despite that, clubs have started to accept invitations to the league, including Barcelona.
During his farewell speech, Josep Bartomeu revealed that he had accepted the invitation on behalf of Barcelona for the European Super League. He mentioned that it would help Barcelona financially, which is desperately needed for the club.
La Liga president Javier Tebas ridiculed this decision by Bartomeu, suggesting that he lacked football knowledge on all fronts. It came on the back of knowing that the existence of a Super League will harm the domestic league.
Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid are some teams we can expect to see in the competition. In contrast, the jury still seems to be out for clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Olympique Lyonnais and Inter Milan, among others.
On top of that, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has come out in support of the model, indicating that he has already, or will accept the invitation to the league, as well.
According to AS, in his final part of his speech in Madrid’s annual general assembly, Perez said, “Nothing will be like it was before. The pandemic obliges us to make football more competitive. We must innovate and look for formulas to ensure football remains attractive.”
He continued on the same beat of the drum: “Real Madrid played a part in the foundation of FIFA, and the European Cup and the current model needs a reboot, as the impact of COVID-19 has demonstrated. Football needs new momentum, and Real Madrid will be right there at the heart of it.”
With mega-club presidents openly speaking about the need of the European Super League, it looks inevitable at this point. The only thing fans can hope for is that it does not impact the magic of the Champions League.