The Superliga consecrates a regrettable time

A Tottenham supporter protests against the Super League.

The new European Super League, organized by an association of 12 clubs, including Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid, changes the scale of football at a stroke, which acquires the vertical and class structure of aristocratic absolutism and abandons the drive transversal and to a certain point of solidarity that presided over it since its foundation in the 19th century.

It is a sad abandonment, but inevitable. Without the slightest consideration, no longer ethical, but aesthetic, the announcement of the creation of this exclusive smoking club has occurred in the horror of a pandemic. It corresponds to wild times, defined by greed and inequality. It is the time that blesses the power of a few and turns the rest into subjects, forced to bend their backs and express gratitude for their unfortunate reality.

Chaired by Florentino Pérez, strategist and main promoter of the idea, the Super League is the luxurious toy of a small group of oligarchs, bankers, sheikhs and money provers, most of them from places with little tradition in football, backed with All probability due to the communication giants that have emerged from the technological boom and the ubiquitous investment funds, which have detected their immense business possibilities in football.

The result is a thrust into the essence of soccer, built on merit, competitive diversity and bottomless rankings. It will be devastating for national competitions, player training and the mesh that this game builds at all levels. Subjected to a brutal cut in money from television and without flight in expectations, the clubs are heading for invisibility.

With the vanity that characterizes the elites, the leaders of the new Super League have no problem in claiming an exemplary role. The same owners who have triggered inflation in football, have elevated the world of intermediaries to the category of industry and have indebted their clubs up to the eyebrows, pretend to appear as management magicians. Clubs that claim to be more than a club, to walk with their people to the end of the world, to proclaim themselves bearers of eternal values, have no problem in becoming a simple corporate unit, like Wall Street.

They leave behind the world that made them relevant, the teams that helped them with their rivalry to build their prestige, those that were one day as great as they and are now anecdotal – Real Madrid established its European myth by winning finals at the Stade de Reims, Fiorentina, Eintracht in Frankfurt or Partizan in Belgrade; Barça won their first European Cup against Sampdoria—, to those who pay the smallness of their markets, in the case of Ajax, Oporto or Benfica, colossi that will only be able to enter the new brotherhood by invitation, despite the fact that some of their members have never won the European Cup or have not registered a league title in 60 years (Tottenham Hotspur).

In the greatest schism in football history, a relentless fight is anticipated, with threats of sanction, legal ordeal, professional uncertainties and fan fatigue. Important voices have been raised against the Super League – Boris Johnson in the United Kingdom, Macron in France, Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, the English, Spanish, French, Italian and German leagues – but other actors speak with small mouths, they speculate their position, consider their strategy or outright shut up. They probably suspect that there is no going back: these times favor exclusivism and detest harmony.

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