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The European Super League Is Over

Wednesday, 21st April, 2021

The Super League Is Dead For 2021 After Clubs Withdraw

It seems like it was just yesterday I was writing about The Super League…Oh wait, it was 48 hours ago. The European Super League is all but over, with all 6 English clubs officially backing out last night.

Manchester City were the first team to officially withdraw from The Super League, with Chelsea following suit, along with Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool all issuing statements that they would also be withdrawing.

The dream of some, a European Super League, is all but over.

The other 6 teams have not withdrawn yet  (at time of writing), but it looks as though the writing is on the wall for them. With half of the teams withdrawing, it looks like it’s impossible for those who want this to happen to continue.

Those teams are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus.

Update: Atletico Madrid, then Inter Milan then AC Milan have now also officially left the Super League.

Resignations & Statements

We’ve also seen some big resignations and statements in the last 24 hours. Executive Vice Chairman of Man Utd, Ed Woodward will go at the end of the season. This morning we saw John W Henry, owner of Liverpool make a video statement apologising and taking all of the responsibility for Liverpool’s part.

Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA has welcomed back the teams, first Manchester City saying, “I am delighted to welcome City back to the European football family,” and has called for unity.

The other clubs who’ve left all issued official statements too. This morning Andrea Agnelli, a vice-president and current chairman of Juventus has stated that The Super League now “Can not go ahead” after the English teams have withdrawn. [source – SKY Sports].

There will be more to come, so I may update this post when there’s more news.

Will this be the last time we hear of a “Super League” for the elite?

My Opinion

So it looks like that’s it. Just like almost every football fan, I was against this idea, but was not shocked at when I heard about it. This isn’t the first time something like this has been talked about, but this is probably the biggest threat there has ever been to the traditional football which we love.

What will happen to the 6 English teams who signed up for this? (and the others in their leagues) Will this go unpunished, or will they be sanctions at UEFA or domestic level?

I think there should be, but probably won’t. The Champions League wants these big teams, and the Premier League wants the so called big 6. I personally think they should be sanctioned in some way, but I don’t think it will happen.

I’m sure some will argue that you shouldn’t punish the clubs as it appears to have been their owners driving this and not them. But in my opinion it is their clubs, so you have to punish the club, not just for this, but to make a statement for the future.

I still think there needs to be reform in European Competition. Rather than making a handful of the big teams from the biggest teams more powerful, the power (and let’s face it, money) should be distributed to other leagues from around Europe.

Why does the 4th placed team in England, Spain, Italy and Germany qualify for the Champions League while league winners from so called “lesser nations” have to go through a qualifier and likely not play in the group stages?

I think that there should be a maximum of 2 teams per league. That would make the domestic leagues better, rather than teams just settling for 4th or just fighting for the top 4, they’d effectively all have to challenge for the league.

We’ve been in a situation for too long where teams are only bothered about finishing in the top 4, because you qualify for the Champions League.

I’d even prefer the winners of the FA Cup to go to the Champions League, rather than a 4th place finish. Premier League teams would only play 6 games to get there, which some will argue that it’s not enough, but at least it has some merit to it. You win the FA Cup and you get a place in the Champions League.

If this was done, I think that more of the Premier League teams would take the competition more seriously than they do.

Of course I don’t think this will happen, because of, well, money once again. UEFA wants the biggest teams from the biggest leagues to play the biggest games for the most money.

There’s going to be a new “Swiss model” of the Champions League which is quite complicated, you can read about it here. There’s a big part which I don’t like, which is part of the qualifying. It states:

“The final two places will go to the clubs with the highest club coefficient over the last five years that have not qualified for the Champions League group stage but have qualified either for the Champions League qualification phase, the Europa League or the Europa Conference League.”

This feels like this is a backdoor, so should a so called “big club” not finish in the Champions League places in their domestic league, they can still play in the Champions League. It’s obvious that a club from a lower league is not going to have a good coefficient in comparison to one who’s qualified maybe 3/5 times.

When it comes to the Premier League, we need change too. Is it time for 50+1 in English football?

Whatever happens, I think this is a wakeup call that something has to change when it comes to football and the commercial side.

But will we wake up and change? Time will tell.

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