Sunday night saw the announcement of a breakaway competition called the European Super League, with the 12 clubs involved being: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
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Twenty clubs will participate in the European Super League. The 12 founding clubs will be joined by three more, and those fifteen will be joined by five that will be ranked annually on the basis of the previous season’s sporting performance. The European Super League, as announced by its creators, does not intend to put an end to domestic football and will be played on weekdays. Follow our live blog to see the latest news and updates.
21:00 CET: Super League in tatters?
After Manchester City and Chelsea started proceedings to leave the Super League, TalkSport are reporting that a meeting will be held between all 12 founding members, and the competition will be disbanded!
20:30 CET: Chelsea and Manchester City to leave Super League
The Super League is just two days old and may already have its first casualties with founding members Chelsea and Manchester City preparing to announce their departures from the competition. MORE HERE
20:15 CET: Emulating the NFL and NBA
According to the Financial Times, the new Super League is hoping to emulate both the NFL and NBA models at various points. They hope to introduce a salary cap, as well as to distribute 32.5 percent of commercial income through a profit sharing program.
20:00 CET: Chelsea fans demonstrate against Super League
With Chelsea hosting Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday evening, fans gathered outside Stamford Bridge to express their opposition to the newly created Super League. Fans were video’d chanting ‘f**k the Super League’ as they marched down Fulham Road, as well as holding banners which read ‘fans are not customers’ among other slogans.
19:40 CET: The different formats
When the Super League presented its plan on Sunday, the new format immediately spiked interest, then a day after UEFA announced a change in the competition from 2024. But how do the new set ups compare?
19:15 CET: Real Madrid players hint at Super League disapproval
After David Beckham posted his response to the Super League, in which he condemned its creation. Real Madrid stars, Modric, Lucas, Marcelo and Odriozola have all liked his post on Instagram, as have Luca Zidane, James Rodriguez and Luis Figo.
18:45 CET: Madrid court bans UEFA, FIFA from moves against Super League
A court in Madrid on Tuesday banned UEFA and FIFA from taking any moves to block plans for a controversial private Super League that has sparked a battle within European football.
In its ruling, the court ordered that both bodies refrain “from any measure or action or issuing any statement or announcement that directly or indirectly impedes the implementation of the European Super League”.
18:30 CET: UEFA strike back!
As news of the Super League continues to dominate the headlines, UEFA are stating to make moved in the background. According to Bloomberg they are working with an investment fund with a budget of 4.5 billion euros, with a potential fund of 7.5 billion euros for the new Champions League.
This could lead to the beginning of a negotiation period with the Super League clubs, who then might decide to stay with UEFA and agree to the new Champions League format.
18:15 CET: Rashford rebels
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has joined a growing number of professionals to come out and publicly state their opposition to the Super League.
18:00 CET: Premier League statement
The Premier League have released a statement regarding the proposed Super League, following a meeting between the rest of the English top flight teams, minus the ‘Big Six’ rebels.
The statement read: “The Premier League, alongside The FA, met with clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal. The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition.
“The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those Shareholders involved to account under its rules.
“The League will continue to work with key stakeholders including fan groups, Government, UEFA, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to protect the best interests of the game and call on those clubs involved in the proposed competition to cease their involvement immediately.
“The Premier League would like to thank fans and all stakeholders for the support they have shown this week on this significant issue. The reaction proves just how much our open pyramid and football community means to people.”
17:45 CET: PSG break their silence
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who has been re-elected as a member of the UEFA Executive Committee, has broken his silence on the Super League and thrown his weight behind the new revamped Champions League format.
“PSG will continue to work with UEFA, the European Club Association and all European football stakeholders on the basis of the principles of good faith, dignity and respect for all,” he said.
“There is a clear need to evolve UEFA’s existing competition model, and the proposal presented by UEFA yesterday, which concludes 24 months of in-depth consultations across the European football landscape, goes in this direction.”
17:30 CET: Pep Guardiola speaks out
During Tuesday’s pre-match press conference, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola gave his thoughts on the European Super League, stating that “it’s not a sport” if relegation is not a possibility for the founding clubs.
17:15 CET: City and Chelsea having doubts
Manchester City and Chelsea are two of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ that are involved in the European Super League, but both teams are beginning to have doubts about whether to go ahead with the proposal. Read more here.
17:00 CET: Roma also oppose European Super League
Roma, who have American owners, have issued a statement stating their opposition to the European Super League.
“AS Roma is strongly opposed to this ‘closed’ system, as it fundamentally flies in the face of the spirit of the game that we all love,” part of Roma’s statement reads.
16:15 CET: Bayern Munich against European Super League
Bayern Munich have released an official statement in which they have rejected the notion of the European Super League.
“Our members and fans reject a Super League,” said Bayern president Herbert Hainer. “As FC Bayern, it is our wish and our aim that European clubs live the wonderful and emotional competition that is the Champions League, and develop it together with UEFA. FC Bayern says no to the Super League.”
“On behalf of the board, I would like to make it explicitly clear that FC Bayern will not be taking part in the Super League,” CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added. “FC Bayern stands in solidarity with the Bundesliga. It always was and is a great pleasure for us to be able to play and represent Germany in the Champions League. We all remember fondly our 2020 Champions League victory in Lisbon – you don’t forget such a joyful moment. For FC Bayern, the Champions League is the best club competition in the world.”
15:30 CET: PSG president publicly against against European Super League
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, has made clear his opposition to the European Super League after being re-elected to the UEFA Executive Committee as European Club Association (ECA) representative.
15:00 CET: Forest’s message to Europe
Nottingham Forest, who are two-time Champions League winners, have sent out a simple but powerful tweet containing an eight-second clip of the late, great Brian Clough.
14:30 CET: Boris Johnson against European Super League
Boris Johnson, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, met with a series of fan groups on Tuesday told them the government will kill off the proposed Super League and could even prevent fixtures from taking place in this country, according to the Athletic. Downing Street has not ruled out stopping players getting work visas for Super League matches or withdrawing police funding for match days, the Athletic noted.
14:00 CET: One club may leave European Super League
According to The Times’ Martyn Ziegler and Matt Lawton, at least one of England’s ‘Big Six’ clubs are considering pulling out of the European Super League.
13:30 CET: Eric Cantona speaks out
Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona has made his thoughts clear about the European Super League.
13:00 CET: Some Barcelona fans protest decision
A banner has been hung up outside the Camp Nou showing some Barcelona fans’ discontent with the club signing up for the European Super League.
12:30 CET: Wolves see the funny side of the European Super League
Wolves’ social media team have put ‘2018/19 Premier League Champions’ in their bio on Twitter, as they were the highest-placed team in the Premier League when taking the European Super League teams out of consideration.
12:00 CET: How does this all affect Messi’s future?
Barcelona’s place in the European Super League should, in theory, give them more flexibility financially to get Lionel Messi to pen a new contract, but he would be prevented from playing for Argentina if they joined. Read more here.
11:30 CET: Lineker’s message to Barcelona
Gary Lineker, who played for Barcelona between 1986 and 1989, has called on the club to lean in to their motto of ‘Mes que un club’.
11:00 CET: The morning after the night before
Sunday night brought with it the introduction of the European Super League, and Monday saw Florentino Perez go on El Chiringuito to explain it. Read the ten messages made by the European Super League president.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez
Florentino again highlights plight of football
“It’s not a league for the rich, it’s a league to save football. If you say that the rich are going to be richer and the poor are poorer and you explain it like this… Tomorrow Laporta will come out and we will explain this competition that wants to save football and save the most modest teams, because soccer will disappear.”
Florentino critical of Ceferin
“One thing the UEFA president cannot do is throw insults, as he did against Agnelli. I find it reprehensible. UEFA has to change, we don’t want a president who insults people, we want transparency.”
The 15 fixed teams are what make money
“We haven’t invited PSG for the moment, nor the two German teams [Bayern and Dortmund]. We could have 15 teams with five alternating. I don’t know why someone said that we are going to end the [domestic] leagues. And no one with common sense wants to end the leagues.
“What makes money is the 15 fixed teams and will play each other every week.”
Florentino makes basketball comparison
“In basketball we play in the Liga [Endesa] and the EuroLeague, and nothing is said. So why is [the Super League] going to be worse?”
Perez not worried about expulsion this season
There has been reports and suggestions that UEFA would act swiftly and throw Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City out of this season’s Champions League, though Perez isn’t worried.
“They are not going to kick us out of the Champions League, or from LaLiga, we’re completely safe.”
The players shouldn’t worry
“The players should remain calm [after threats from UEFA about being able to play in any UEFA sanctioned competition] because the threats won’t happen. But those who run the monopolies at UEFA have to be transparent. UEFA doesn’t have a good image.
“They presented a [Champions League] format that no one understands, and they say in 2024 it will start. By 2024 we will be dead! There are clubs that have lost hundreds of millions.”
A Super League ASAP
“We will try to start as soon as possible. We are going to talk to UEFA and FIFA, I don’t know why they have to get angry. UEFA worked in another format that, firstly, I didn’t understand it and secondly, it doesn’t produce the necessary income to save football. When I say save football I mean to save everyone, so that for the next 20 years at least we can live in peace. The situation is very dramatic. We believe this format can save football, like the European Cup saved football in the 50s.”
It is NOT a closed league
“It’s not a closed league, we believe in the merits of all teams Football has to evolve, like companies, people, mentalities. Networks have changed the way they behave and football has to change and adapt to the times we live in.
“Football was losing the interest of people, you can see that audiences are decreasing and rights [money] is decreasing, so something had to be done. Football is global and these 12 teams and some more have fans all over the world.”
Those between 16-24 years old are losing interest in football
“Football was losing interest. Those 16 to 24 years aren’t interested in football anymore because there are many matches of little interest and they have other competing platforms.”
Florentino’s initial message: Real Madrid have lost 400 million euros.
In a bid to explain the reasons behind the Super League, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez highlighted falling revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The biggest clubs in England, Italy and Spain had to find a solution to the really terrible situation they were in,” he said. “The European Club Association says they’ve lost five billion euros. At Real Madrid we had a budget of 800m and we finished with 700m. This year instead of 900m, let’s see if we get 600m. In two seasons Real Madrid have lost 400m.
“When you have no income other than TV money, the best way to increase revenue is to have more attractive games that fans from all over the world can see. So we came to a conclusion that instead of doing the Champions League we would do a Super League and we would be able to alleviate what was lost.”
23:30 CET – Milner against Super League
As with his coach Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool midfielder James Milner has spoken out against the Super League. “I don’t like it and I hope it doesn’t happen,” he told Sky Sports after the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Leeds.
23:00 CET – Leeds forget Liverpool
After earning a late 1-1 draw with Liverpool, Leeds United took a dig at the one of the Super League founding members on Twitter. We don’t really need to say anything else.
22:30 CET – Florentino Perez set to speak about Super League
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will reveal some key parts of the Super League project on tonight’s edition of El Chiringuito de Jugones, so make sure you stay with us at MARCA for all the latest updates.
21:50 CET – European Super League: How did we get here?
The European Super League isn’t a new idea, in fact it has been floated in one guise or another since the 1990s. But how did we get from a group stage of just eight teams, to a Super League of only Europe’s heavyweight clubs. FIND OUT MORE
21:30 CET – What if UEFA go to court over the Super League
UEFA have publicly denounced the Super League, and should they choose to take legal action against the creation of the new competition, a legal expert that spoke to the Daily Mail believes they don’t have much of a case.
“I am of the opinion they have a strong case,’ said Mark Orth of MEOlaw, an expert in sports competition law. “The court is the right way to go. They have a good chance of winning. There are good prospects for the start of the Super League and the clubs that take part.
“If a monopolist is allowed to prohibit the generation of competition, then you do not need competition law at all. If that is allowed it touches on the fundamentals of competition law. There should be an opportunity to open the market.
“What if Amazon just assumed it could introduce exclusivity for dealers saying if you are offering your goods on any other online platform you are excluded from our platform. There would be an outcry.”
21:15 CET – Sevilla release Super League statement
Sevilla who were not invited to be one of the Super League’s founding members have released a statement condemning the creation of the competition.
“In light of the news regarding the creation of a new competition both organised and governed privately by certain European clubs from different countries,” the statement read.
“Sevilla FC’s Board wish to publicly state their complete rejection of a tournament based exclusively on economic parameters and outside of UEFA, an institution which brings together the different footballing associations of the continent. A competition which involves private invitation goes against the spirit of sport in general and the ethos of football as we know it.
“This lack of competition goes completely against our DNA to Never Surrender and to set ourselves ever more ambitious goals, with the intention of achieving them out on the football pitch.
“Furthermore, the creation of this Super League would only serve to satisfy the selfish interests that look to enrich the Founder Clubs who already have far larger budgets than the rest of football clubs. This will impoverish football in general and the teams outside of the Super League.”
21:00 CET – Leeds against the Super League
With Leeds taking on Liverpool, one of the Super League’s founding members on Monday night. The Leeds payers wore a shirt in protest at the new competition.
On the back was the slogan ‘football is for the fan’ while the front was emblazoned with he Champions League logo and a simple message ‘earn it’.
20:45 CET – Even royalty opposes the Super League
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge has also come out against the new Super League.
“Now, more than ever, we must protect the entire football community – from the top level to the grassroots – and the values of competition and fairness at its core,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I share the concerns of fans about the proposed Super League and the damage it risks causing to the game we love.”
20:30 CET – Barcelona’s debt solution
With Barcelona being one of the founding members of the Super League, the injection of cash it would bring – around 300m euros just for taking part – which would help alleviate the debt burden on the club.
20:00 CET – A time limit for Bayern, Dortmund and PSG?
Der Spiegel has had access to a document from the Super League in which the 12 founding members have indicated that they want to offer Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and PSG a place in the competition as soon as possible, as an additional three founding members. But they have to notify the Super League group of their intentions, PSG within 14 days and the German clubs within 30 days of the offer.
19:45 CET – Lyon stock falls
The only Ligue 1 team on the stock exchange, Lyon, have seen their share price fall by two points on Monday, following the announcement of the European Super League of which there are no French teams represented. It is thought that Paris Saint-Germain have a guaranteed place in the new competition, with another French club also being invited. Lyon and Marseille are the frontrunners.
19:40 CET – Possible Champions League sanctions for Super League clubs
Jesper Moller, president of the Danish football federation and member of UEFA’s executive committee, has told Danish TV that Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City could be thrown out of this season’s Champions League.
19:30 CEST – UK government promises football club ownership reform
The British government, which strongly opposes the Super League, has set in motion a revision of how it monitors how football clubs are run in the UK. In Germany, members must own 51 percent of their club.
“If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that football is nothing without its fans. These owners should remember that they are only temporary custodians of their clubs, and they forget fans at their peril,” said the UK’s culture secretary, Oliver Dowden.
“That’s why over the past few months I have been meeting with fans and representative organisations to develop our proposals for a fan-led review. I had always been clear that I didn’t want to launch this until football had returned to normal following the pandemic. Sadly, these clubs have made it clear that I have no choice. They have decided to put money before fans. So today I have been left with no choice but to formally trigger the launch of our fan-led review of football.”
19:20 CET – Juventus stocks soar
Shares in Juventus have risen by 18 percent since the announcement that they would join a European Super League. The price of shares has risen from 0.773 euros on Friday to 0.911 euros on Monday.
19:10 CET – Spanish company to have say in Super League deals
According to the Financial Times, Anas Laghrari, a member of the Spanish company Key Capital, has been designated as the secretary general of the European Super League. He will be in charge of sealing TV rights and sponsorship deals.
19:00 CET – Atletico Madrid reasons for joining Super League
Atletico Madrid have plenty of reasons as to why they have signed up as one of the founding members of the new European Super League. READ MORE HERE
18:50 CET – Serie A hold meeting
The Assembly of the Serie A clubs have already started a meeting regarding the new Super League proposals which includes three of the founding members Juventus, Inter and AC Milan.
18:45 CET – Spanish Government doesn’t support the Super League
As with the UK Government, the Spanish Government has come out in opposition of the new proposed Super League with the Minister of Culture and Sports, Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes, holding talks with many of the key players in opposition to the move, including the presidents of UEFA, RFEF, La Liga, as well as with the presidents of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
18:30 CET – Super League and TV rights
The creation of a new Super League will likely devalue the TV rights of the current Champions League, as well as increasing the costs of the networks, which would likely be forced to bid for the rights to the new competition. According to a Barclays report, the key question is whether the current contracts signed by tv broadcasters for the Champions League allow them to return the rights to UEFA, should the competition lose 12 of its best clubs.
18:10 CET – Manchester United soar on Wall Street
Manchester United’s share price shot up a massive nine percent on Monday, following the announcement of the Super League. At just after 10am local time in New York City, MANU share price stood at 17.67 dollars.
17:45 CET – Bayern Munich state their position
Bayern Munich who are not among the 12 European Super League founding members have made their position on the matter clear.
“FC Bayern has not been involved in the plans for creating a Super League,” Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. “We are convinced that the current structure in football guarantees a reliable foundation.
“FC Bayern welcomes the reforms of the Champions League because we believe they are the right step to take for the development of European football.
17:20 CET: Boris Johnson states position on European Super League
Boris Johnson, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, has come out against the European Super League and has made clear that his government will support the football authorities in taking action against the clubs involved. From England, there are six clubs involved in the plans: Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
16:50 CET: Investors are buying into European Super League
As Bloomberg journalist Maria Tadeo points out, Juventus’ stocks saw a sharp rise after the European Super League announcement. Investors are clearly keen to getting on board with the proposal.