Twelve major European clubs are said to be on the verge of announcing the creation of a Super League competing in the Champions League.
More than a revolt, a revolution is underway in the history of European football. Twelve big clubs, which weigh forty successes in the Champions League between them all, are about to announce the creation of their own competition, according to the information published in the early afternoon this Sunday by the New York Times and Sunday Time. A closed “Super League” that would compete with the most prestigious European Cups which UEFA has promised to sanction the participants Sunday in a press release even before the formalization. This is what we know about this new competition which could start in 2022.
The European Super League was until then what one could describe as a “sea serpent”. The first evocation of this new competition dates back to 1998. The company Media Partners envisaged at the time to regroup the best European teams in an alternative Super League to the Champions League. The project had not succeeded, but had provoked a reform of the C1, which had notably enabled the major European championships to send no longer two teams, but three or even four clubs to the Champions League.
23 years – and some additional reforms of the C1 – later, several major European clubs would therefore have agreed to formalize, this Sunday, April 18, the creation of a European Super League, which would begin in 2022. Discussions s ‘were intensified since last summer, in the context of the economic crisis resulting from the global pandemic. For UEFA, which was to announce a reform of the C1 on Monday April 19, this would be a real betrayal on the part of twelve clubs which regularly participate in the Champions League.
Twelve teams have already given their agreement to participate in this European Super League from 2022. From one season to another, these clubs would be sure to be able to participate in the next edition. An interesting format for these teams who had until then obtained their qualification in C1 via their respective championships. Totally convinced by this new project for several years, Florentino Pérez, the president of Real Madrid, has long pushed for the creation of this new Super League. Very influential, Pérez had already received a first draft of the project a few years ago, as the Football Leaks had revealed.
Alongside Real Madrid are therefore eleven other clubs. Two others would come from Spain (FC Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid), six from England (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham) and three from Italy (AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus de Turin) . None therefore comes from Germany or France. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain seem to want to stay behind for the moment, while eight other places will be available.
In recent months, several rumors evoked the presence of PSG and Olympique de Marseille in the founding clubs of a European Super League. It shouldn’t be. Among the twelve teams which have already given their agreement for this project of new competition, no club comes from France and Ligue 1. An astonishing announcement in particular concerning the PSG, which is gradually asserting itself as one of the biggest clubs of the planet. The absence of Paris, like Bayern Munich, in this competition would be an anomaly.
But nothing is over yet. Because this European Super League should be played with 20 clubs divided into two pools of 10. There are therefore still eight places to be allocated. PSG, like OM or Olympique Lyonnais, could therefore do what is necessary to try to obtain a ticket for the start of the competition in 2022. It is difficult at this stage to know if the clubs which will be linked to the project in road courses will see their place guaranteed from one year to the next in the competition. So far, none of these French clubs has made a statement on the subject.
If some of the big European clubs seem determined to turn away from the historic Champions League founded in 1955, it is because the Super League could provide them with (much) more income. The resumption of discussions last summer, in the current context, is therefore far from trivial. Last October, Sky Sports estimated that over $ 6 billion (5.1 billion euros) would be redistributed to the 20 clubs participating in the competition. That is three times more than the Champions League, which distributes “only” 2 billion euros each year to the 32 teams taking part in the competition.