The star sport in Europe is on the warpath. The European Super League is born, promoted by Florentino Pérez and Andrea Agnelli. 12 of the most prestigious clubs on the old continent, including Real Madrid, Barça and Atlético de Madrid, announced in the early hours of Sunday to Monday an agreement for the birth of a new competition.
European Super League will start next August with the participation of 20 European clubs. The matches will be played during the week to respect national competitions. The aim of this new competition is “to create a tournament in which the best clubs and players can compete with each other more frequently.”
12 founding teams
The 12 teams that make up the Club Fundadores are: AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United , Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur. Three Spanish and Italian teams and six English.
It is also expected that in the coming days other invited teams that will make up the first season from August will be announced. It is speculated that Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich or Dortmund could be part.
20 European clubs
The new competition will feature 20 teams, 15 founding teams and five teams that will be chosen based on their performance. All matches will be played during the week so as not to interfere with other national competitions.
The 2021/2022 European Super League will take place in August. A draw will be held and two groups of ten will be formed that will play roundtrip matches. The top three ranked teams will automatically advance to the quarterfinals. Those clubs that finish the season in fourth and fifth position will play an additional two-legged playoff. The quarterfinal matches will also be the return leg. And only the final will be played as a single match. The venue chosen for the final that will take place in May will be a neutral venue.
The objective of the Superliga is “to support European football through a long-term commitment, and that the contributions to solidarity grow in line with the income of the new European league”. This solidarity will materialize thanks to generous contributions and is expected to exceed 10 billion euros. The founding members will receive a single payment of 3,500 million euros. The clubs will allocate this money to make improvements in infrastructure investment plans and compensate for the wear and tear caused by the pandemic.
According to the statement issued by the European Super League, the birth of this competition arises due to the instability of the current economic model of football in Europe, mainly diminished by the coronavirus crisis.
FIFA and UEFA announce retaliation
UEFA and FIFA announce retaliation for those clubs that support the new project led by businessman Florentino Pérez. Both institutions want to prohibit soccer teams that participate in the European Super League from playing their different national competitions. Nor could they be present in the Champions League, Europa League or the Club World Cup. And they even threaten not to allow players to be part of their national team.