The UEFA comes out victorious from the pulse that twelve of the main European clubs have thrown at it. Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea had agreed to form a Super league European, a project that came to revolutionize football especially since the economic point of view.
It is this factor, and not another, the determining factor. Explained it Florentino Pérez, ‘alma mater’ of the project and conductor, in his interview in The beach bar. “UEFA says it will start in 2024 (the new Champions League). In 2024 we are dead! There are clubs that have lost hundreds of millions in the last two years, from the English, Italian and other league “, argued the president of Real Madrid, declaring this Super League as the competition that “save football” practically of its extinction.
At 48 hours after the first announcement, the Super League was already mortally wounded. The English were the first to give the fright, despite being one of the founders, pressured from all sides. From the Government with Boris johnson at the head of the very Duke of Cambridge and future King, the Prince Guillermo. Players from the teams involved, coaches such as Pep Guardiola…
But above all it was the pressure of UEFA and the marketing with them which made the first six ‘traitors’ to the Super League back down. It is no coincidence that the first to leave were Manchester City and Chelsea. Two of the current Champions semi-finalists League saw with fear how UEFA could expel them from the competition, despite the legal doubts that existed (according to a Madrid court they could not do so).
The demonstrations of the fans outside their respective stadiums and the meetings of the players themselves did the rest … with UEFA announcing from behind a more lax policy on the issue of financial ‘fair play’. It was even speculated that the body chaired by Aleksander ceferin I had advanced them money to convince them.
The buying wills from the rebel clubs was accompanied by the uproar of the fans, convinced that they really gave football back to them.
UEFA was already claiming victory before the other teams cascaded down this Wednesday, evidently. Andrea Agnelli, president of Juventus (and a great friend of Ceferin so far) spoke of a “blood pact” hours before reality hit them: there was no point in continuing without the English.
But the stab to the Super League was given even before its birth.
This project was born years ago, in 2016. The Bayern Munich and the PSG, two of the champions against this idea, backed down in the middle of the negotiation. In the Game of Thrones that became the fight between the ECA (European Club Association) and UEFA for the distribution of money, the Germans were among the most belligerent about it in the first skirmishes.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president of the Bavarian team, it was expressed like that back then: “We can create a European championship with the best clubs from Italy, Germany, England, Spain and France under the auspices of UEFA or a private organization. It would be a championship with twenty teams and you could even play some games in America and Asia. ” Five years later, he lies.