While some leaders, such as Aleksander Ceferin, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge came out of this European Super League fiasco grown up, others like Florentino Perez and Andrea Agnelli lost big.
Three days after the announcement of the establishment of the European Super League, the project has already ended, this Wednesday, April 21. Good news for the supporters and some coaches of the clubs concerned, who had attacked this new competition head-on. Here are the winners and losers of this crisis that will go down in history.
He held on, and behind him his troops never broke. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin announced this almost three years ago: “There will be no Super League. It’s some kind of fiction, or a dream “, he had launched to the BBC. On the night of Sunday 18 to Monday 19 April, the boss of the European body undoubtedly had some nightmares, and cursed those who, like Andrea Agnelli, had betrayed him. However, Ceferin, supported in particular by the professional football leagues of the various championships, but also by the Federations and especially Fifa, never knelt before the founding members of the Super League. On the contrary, remaining firm on his position, Aleksander Ceferin ultimately strengthened the power of UEFA and all of its allies.
In its wake, two of the richest clubs have played the loyalty card. Indeed, the presidents of PSG and Bayern Munich, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, refused to participate in this European Super League. A position that delighted the UEFA president. “Thank you from the heart. You showed that you are a great man and that you respect football and its values“, said Aleksander Ceferin, addressed to the boss of the club in the capital. The leader of Paris Saint-Germain was even appointed on Wednesday April 21 at the head of the European Association of Clubs (ECA). a mark of confidence for Qatari who has never let go of UEFA and the Champions League, in these moments of turmoil.
Other big winners: football players as a whole. They did not waver. There are the players in the game. From Milner, through Jürgen Klopp and ending with Pep Guardiola, members of clubs belonging to the European Super League have mobilized against the wishes of their managers. “It is not sport, if success is guaranteed or if losing does not matter. It is not sport if there is no relation between the effort and the reward “, had launched the coach of Cityzens in a press conference. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson also spoke to denounce this new competition: “We don’t like it and we don’t want it to happen“, wrote the midfielder of the Reds, on his Twitter account. In short, all the teams walked hand in hand, and especially not alone.
There are also all these fans, absent from the stadiums for over a year but who have made their voices heard. Fans have shown that football is theirs. As soon as the European Super League project was announced, the fans of the teams concerned immediately reacted. “Shame on you“,”RIP LFC“,”LFC vs Super League“Reds lovers wrote on banners. In England, Chelsea fans came to wait for the Blues bus with harsh messages, before the game against Brighton.”Greed, ultimate betrayal“could be read on the posters. Across Europe, a multitude of supporters’ groups, like the official press release of the National Supporters Association (the ANS represents a majority of French Ultras groups), have also disapproved of this project.
Even though they were part of the European Super League, clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City have fallen through the drops. The presidents of the two British formations are not on the dock unlike Florentino Perez and Andrea Agnelli. Maybe because the Cityzens got the ball rolling for Super League deserters, and the Gunners were the first to apologize: “We made a mistake and we apologize for it“, wrote the 9th Premier League, in a statement.
Investing is good. Earning money is even better when you are a shareholder. For all those who own a few club shares, or even for those who mostly own clubs like Juventus or Mancherter United, this fiasco around the Super League could have been a real cataclysm. Finally, and this is almost surprisingly, the damage was limited when we look at the stock market curves. By announcing their withdrawal from dissident competition, Juve and the Mancunian club have obviously seen the price of their shares fall, while it had experienced a huge increase on Monday and Tuesday. That of the Italians even collapsed by more than 13% this Wednesday evening April 21 at the Milan Stock Exchange. However, the value of their shares has stabilized again at a “normal” price.