48 hours after the founding of the Super League, the mega project is already over. Ironically, the English elite clubs gave the impetus – because they were confronted with a unique alliance.
The Super League, as Real President Florentino Perez in particular imagined, should revolutionize football. 48 hours after the collective membership statements of the twelve would-be elitists, one thing is clear: the project will go down in the annals of sport as one of the greatest antics, the desire for a football utopia in which mammon is the sole ruler is nothing more than sound and smoke.
Because the so-called “Big 6”, England’s top clubs controlled by major investors, announced their withdrawal on Tuesday night, Juventus boss and main driver Andrea Agnelli announced the end a few hours later. Atletico, Inter and Milan then also resigned, which was practically just a side note.
That Agnelli’s leader colleague Perez joined in afterwards Cadena SER how a defiant captain, who does not want to admit that his luxury steamer has just had a wreck, appeared, continued to praise the construct and simply switched to stand-by, was not particularly significant. Without the greats from England there would be no Super League.
But what made the representatives from the island in particular get the exit stone rolling? The reasons are manifold.
1. Fans go to the barricades against the Super League
The accusation that the majority of major investors have long since lost touch with the fan base of their own club has been in the room for a long time. The fact that the people concerned clearly underestimated the possible resistance of the supporters against the Super League to such an extent clearly substantiated the thesis.
Liverpool fans symbolically buried their great love with fence banners, Chelsea supporters marched through the streets, chanting, holding up posters, making it clear that they have no interest in a closed elite league, but continue to have cold nights in rainy Stoke, for example. want to experience on-Trent.
The tenor of the protests: Few rich people are destroying the number one sport, deliberately acting against the interests of the actual fans in order to open up other parts of the world and to be able to milk the money cow football even further.
The Liverpool managers should have assessed their fans better. Already in 2016, when the Fairway Sports Group of the American John W. Henry, which owns the LFC as well as the Boston Red Sox, wanted to call for higher ticket prices on Anfield, there was resistance in the scene. 10,000 fans left the stadium symbolically at a home game against Sunderland at the time, finally the lead gave way and assured that there would be no increase for two years.
A year ago, when the corona pandemic was picking up speed and driving several clubs into financial difficulties, the club sent its employees on forced vacation and short-time work, for which it again received criticism. The U-turn followed a few days after the announcement.
The fans contributed an important, perhaps even the largest part to the prompt crushing of all Super League plans. But they weren’t the only ones to vent their displeasure.
The advocates of complete commercialization should not have expected that either: Well-known coaches, above all ManCity coach Pep Guardiola, were not at all impressed by the alleged football revolution. Jürgen Klopp, who was practically the first prominent trainer to take a position on the Super League, stuck to his critical opinion, which he had already expressed two years ago.
Jürgen Klopp was also confronted with the Super League: “I’ve already said a few times, also in 2019: No, I don’t think that’s a good idea,” said the former Dortmund player and made it clear that he was not in the plans had been inaugurated to the top of the club. Accordingly, he appealed to his own fans not to hold him or his team responsible for the mess.
James Milner, one of the experienced leaders of the said team, made no secret of his aversion to the Super League in the episode: “I don’t like it a bit and I hope it doesn’t happen,” he said in an interview with the BBC. “People are not happy with it, I can understand that. I can’t say much more because we’re not involved in the process – neither the players nor me – we didn’t know anything about it.”