For many top football teams, the pinnacle of achievement was to win the European Cup. Each league could enter their top teams – some could enter 1 or 2 while others could enter 4 -and the next places went into the Europa League. Teams gambled on reaching these spots and enjoyed the journey in the same way as you do playing hot sizzling deluxe. On 18th April 2021, an announcement was made that would put this in jeopardy.
It was announced that many of the top teams in Europe were going to form their own self-named Super League. This has been discussed many times in the past, but this time it seemed closer to fruition. 12 clubs were named, and they were:
- United Kingdom – They had six clubs signed up, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Liverpool
- Italy – 3 were involved – Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Juventus
- Spain – Again there were 3 – Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Barcelona.
While the teams involved are doing well, it is clear that there were many top teams missing. French and German sides had refused to be involved. It would be hard to claim to have the best teams without PSG, Bayern Munich, and Borussia Dortmund.
There was so much wrong with the way this was organized. Apart from the glaring omissions when it came to teams, the running of the league was flawed. It was clear that the only reason this was being done was because of the greed of the owners. Organizers must have considered that the pandemic and lack of funding would encourage the owners to get involved. The financial rewards would be high, and there would be little chance of losing this money. It was virtually a closed shop with the possibility of other teams getting an invitation to join.
The money to be put into the scheme would be 3.5 billion Euros to be split between the clubs, with some getting as much as 350 million Euros. While there may be issues regarding UEFA and Financial Fair Play, this was about as far away from fair as you could get. It seems almost impossible that these clubs thought they would be able to carry on in their respective leagues. There is already a difference in spending power, but this would put it off the scale. With one of the rules of this new league being no relegation, the money would be a certainty every season. The governing bodies of the leagues of the clubs involved were prepared to sanction the teams involved, although the details are unclear. Bans from their competition and possibly international bans for players were mentioned.
This is where things started to fall apart. The owners are so far removed from the views of the fans they did not expect the inevitable backlash. Protests were carried out around the stadia of clubs involved, and one by one, the teams announced their intentions to withdraw. Owners came out and apologized, but this has not settled the fears and anger of many supporters. Despite threats from the organizers of the proposed Super League, the decisions to withdraw still stand. Owners are going to do a lot over the next few years to try to win back the confidence of their fan base.