Explainer: How will the new European Super League work? | European Super League

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On Sunday evening, 12 European football clubs announced the creation of a new competition, the Super League, following much criticism from governments, their own national leagues, football federations as well as UEFA and supporters around the world.

It would be the biggest upheaval in the history of European football although UEFA said it would fight what it called “a cynical project based on the self-interest of a few clubs”. Here we take a look at what the 12 clubs have to offer.

Who are the 12 “founding members”?

Milan, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelone, Inter, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid et Tottenham.

What about the big German and French clubs?

They said they are currently not interested in joining the project. These clubs include Bayern Munich, Champions League winners last season, and Paris Saint-Germain, the defeated finalists who will face Manchester City in one of the Champions League semi-finals.

Will the 12 clubs leave their national leagues?

For now, they hope to continue playing in those competitions, but the leagues have all issued strong statements condemning the clubs and the new breakaway league.

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How much money is involved?

A lot, as you can imagine. The statement from the 12 clubs said: “The founding clubs will receive an amount of 3.5 billion euros just to support their infrastructure investment plans and to offset the impact of the Covid pandemic.” He added: “The new annual tournament will offer significantly greater economic growth and support for European football… and [solidarity payments] are expected to exceed € 10 billion during the clubs’ initial commitment period. “

How would that work?

There would be 20 participating clubs, with 15 founding clubs and a qualifying mechanism allowing five more teams to qualify each year based on the achievements of the previous season.

When would the matches be played?

There would be midweek meetings with all participating clubs hoping to compete in their respective national leagues. There would be two groups of 10, playing at home and away, with the top three from each group automatically qualifying for the quarter-finals. The teams finishing fourth and fifth would then face each other in a two-man play-off for the remaining quarter-finals. A two-round knockout format would be used to reach the final at the end of May, which would take place in a single match at a neutral venue.

When should it start?

The clubs said in their statement that they are looking to start the competition in August.

What about women’s football?

The clubs said: “As soon as possible after the start of the men’s competition, a corresponding women’s league will also be launched, helping to advance and develop women’s football. “

Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid, will be the first president of the Super League.
Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid, will be the first president of the European Super League. Photographie: Quality Sport Images / Getty Images

What did the organizers ask for?

Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid and first president of the Super League, said: “We will help football at all levels and bring it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with over four billion fans and our responsibility as great clubs is to fulfill their wishes. Perez’s vice-presidents will be Joel Glazer of Manchester United and Andrea Agnelli of Juventus. Glazer said: “By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to compete against each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities. , and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid. . “

What was the reaction?

There was widespread disgust at the idea with Gary Neville, the former Manchester United defender summing up most people’s feelings when he said: “I’m the most disgusted about Manchester United and Liverpool. Are they breaking with a competition from which they cannot be relegated? It is an absolute disgrace. This is pure greed, they are impostors. The owners of Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City have nothing to do with football in this country. It’s an absolute joke. Now is the time to have independent regulators to prevent these clubs from having the power base. Enough is enough. “

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