European Super league proposed a new League
The European Super League have revealed today that there will be a new version of the project is gonna be launched which was crashed two years ago: a multi-division competition of 60 to 80 teams with no permanent members, and a minimum of 14 games for a club, per season.
A22 claim that the new project is a result of detailed conversations with clubs around Europe on the financial problems facing them. For the past few months A22 and the ESL have focused on the wealth of the Premier League, their dominance of the transfer market and the effect that has on other European leagues.
There are no details about the original teams yet on how they are going to classify original 60 to 80 teams would be constituted or how they would drop out the proposal of the competition to make way for new clubs. The original ESL, in April 2021, was suggested for offering permanent membership to its founding clubs of which six were from the Premier League namely the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
The format of the proposed new Super League has been kept a secret by Real madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, but even now there are still questions about working on it. A22, as well as its major backers like Real president Florentino Perez, has claimed in the past that there would be greater solidarity payments for clubs who do not participate in European competitions.
Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, was among the first to respond to today’s announcement. He tweeted: “The Super League is the wolf, who today disguises himself as a granny to try to fool European football, but his nose and his teeth are very big.
Causes for New League by Bernd Reichart
The chief executive of A22, Bernd Reichart, wrote in a German news paper continued the attack on Uefa by claiming that clubs have no say in the running of its competitions. He said: “It is the clubs that bear the entrepreneurial risk in football.
But when it comes to important decisions, they are too often forced to stand idly by from the sidelines as the sporting and financial foundations run under their hands. Our talks have also made it clear that it is often impossible for clubs to raise their voices publicly against a system that uses the threat of sanctions to prevent opposition.”
Reichart made other claims about supporting the women’s game, supporting domestic competitions, the health of the players and financial sustainability rules and fan experience. There are pledges to pursue all these issues but no details on how much revenue will be generated to do so or who might run the ESL.
In its first iteration in 2021, power was concentrated in the hands of Perez; Andrea Agnelli, the former Juventus chairman; and Manchester United co-owner Joel Glazer.
It is the most powerful clubs outside the rebel three who have helped shape the new format for Uefa’s Champions League post 2024, the so called “Swiss model” which will have 36 teams in a single division playing ten group stage games instead of the current six.
As for the wealth of those competitions, Uefa and the powerful European Club Association which represents clubs across Europe co-own a joint venture that controls all the revenue from the Champion League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.
The original European Super League was dealt a major problems before Christmas in its long-running legal case with Uefa in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. The advocate-general Athanasios Rantos’ advice to the court was heavily in favour of the Uefa monopoly.
The advocate-general’s advice is not binding to the judges but in most cases it is followed. He found that EU competition law was compatible with the restrictions that Uefa and Fifa’s power asserted over football and “proportionate” for achieving Uefa’s “legitimate objectives” in line with the EU policy on sport.