The Super League is mortally wounded after the departure of the English clubs, but not only in that country they have seen how the fans have risen en masse. Each league involved, both by presence and absence, have detected some common problems, but the idiosyncrasy of each one requires a separate analysis.
The initial general idea of the project raised doubts, to say the least. Five journalists from Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain have answered the big question: What do you think of the Super League and how does it affect your countries?
The vision of each one is very different: while the German and Gallic clubs have refused to enter, three Italians and six British were founders … although then everything was blown up.
Some pride on a sad day. This is how the reaction of soccer Germany to the initial bombing of the Super League could be summed up. The fact that both the Dortmund As the Bayern, that according ‘Der sppiegel‘participated in the creation of a first concept of an elitist league, have decided not to join the controversial project of Florentino Pérez, encourages the fans definitely disappointed by the modern football greed. The rejection of the Super League is energetic on social networks and unanimous among professional clubs. Robert Klauß, coach of Nürnberg, called her a total catastrophe.
The board of directors of Freiburg He criticized it as a selfish idea of clubs far removed from the reality of sport. Rudi Völler, Leverkusen’s legendary sports director, perfectly summed up Germany’s sentiment, saying that the closed society that the Superliga represents it is a crime in the face of football and that Bayern and Dortmund have shown character by not being part of it. Ultimately, German soccer, unlike many other times, has given its fans pride with a decision against the unbridled commercialization of football.
I am divided. On the one hand, I tell myself that is the story in progress. We are going to see a globalization of continental competition, which interests people in general. It is difficult and hard, but it seems to me that people are going to see more a Real Madrid – Liverpool that a Real Madrid – Leganés, with all due respect for the Leganés that I love. It is history in progress. On the other hand, it seems to me a strange movement of the 12 clubs that impose this Super League for money and manage television rights, etc.
It seems strange to me that they do not go with the French and German clubs. They are the two most important markets in Europe in terms of merchandising and marketing. Such a competition cannot exist without it. PSG, the Bayern, the Dortmund, or the Olympique de Marseille. They are clubs with great fans, many people who follow these teams. Doing it without them does not seem possible or, at least, it seems strange to me.
When I read the French press, like the chronicle in L’Equipe, I had the feeling that we have a very special history with the European cup, that in the 50s we invented this type of continental competition. Real Madrid, Rennes, Frankfurt … He’s a bit ‘our kid’. We cannot imagine that the child is leaving home. In France we have had the impression that this is a competition for money, to win more. We don’t really like this kind of competition.
I am surprised that the reaction in Spain has not been more contrary. People are generally uncomfortable, but others see it as good. In England the response has been much more furious. There is more anger, more people against and more rejection. My personal opinion is that, in some way, it is a consequence of the power of those clubs. Especially since these big clubs, the ‘Superclubes’ as they are called, they are never satisfied with controlling great part of soccer with its economic and soccer dominance.
Also behind this there is a clearly expansionist attitude to find accommodation in the world, and I have no doubt that this will end up playing around the world and not only in Europe, although it starts with twelve teams from here.