Despite widespread criticism, Europe’s leading football clubs have agreed to establish the European Super League, with AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have been announced as the “founding clubs” of the competition. Catch latest EPL predictions here!
“It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable,” a statement from the new competition confirmed. There are no clubs from France or Germany has been associated yet with the competition. The project is being launched to rival UEFA’s Champions League format which currently dominates European football.
According to the format of the new league, 20 participating clubs with 15 founding clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season. All participating clubs will continue to compete in their respective national leagues to preserve the traditional domestic match calendar. The league season is said to begin in August.
Playing home and away fixtures, clubs will participate in two groups of ten, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarterfinals. The side to finish fourth and fifth will compete in a two-legged playoff for the remaining quarterfinal positions, while a two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.
In a statement, Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid and the first chairman of the Super League, said: “We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires.”
This format new European league is widely criticized by governing bodies, including UEFA, the FA, and the Premier League, who expressed opposition in a joint statement saying that they “remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project”, adding: “We thank those clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to sign up to this.
FIFA, the world’s governing body for soccer, also expressed disapproval of the Super League. “FIFA can only express its disapproval to a ‘closed European breakaway league’ outside of the international football structures and not respecting the aforementioned principles,” FIFA wrote in a statement. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer also expressed their dismay.
Johnson said the new league would “strike at the heart of the domestic game, and will concern fans across the country” while Sir Keir said the plans had ignored the fans, adding: “Football in empty stadiums hasn’t been the same over the last year. I can’t wait to get back to games. But this proposal risks shutting the door on fans for good, reducing them to mere spectators and consumers.”
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