Football as a game has seen a lot of innovation in the past decade with the inclusion of VAR and Goal Line Technology. However, with European Super League knocking the doors around to enter the world of football, it will be a revolution rather than an innovation.
According to reports from UK on Sunday night.
“Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today come together on Sunday night. They announced that they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition. The Super League, governed by its founding clubs,” it says.
“AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur. They have all joined as founding clubs. It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.”
So far the German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund along with the French champions Paris Saint-Germain are not yet to give any confirmation on their inclusion in the European Super League.
What is the European Super League all about?
The European Super League is a sort of replacement of the UEFA Champions League. The clubs have now formed their own association to play a so-called breakaway league to rival the Champions League.
According to the ESL, the new format will involve midweek fixtures. With all the participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues. “preserving the traditional domestic match calendar which remains at the heart of the club game”.
“An August start with clubs participating in two groups of 10 each. They will be playing home and away fixtures. The top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter-finals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions.”
“A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May. It will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue. As soon as practicable after the start of the men’s competition. There will be a corresponding women’s league. It will also be launched, helping to advance and develop the women’s game.”
Why UEFA and FIFA are not in favor of the European Super League?
The idea of having a breakaway league has come from the Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez. He will also be the chairman of the new organisation which will be organizing the ESL. Joel Glazer of Manchester United and Andrea Agnelli of Juventus, will be the vice-chairmen of the newly found organization.
The idea of having a breakaway league was strongly opposed by UEFA and FIFA calling it a “cynical project founded on the self-interest of a few clubs”. They had released a statement, which was signed by the Football Association along with the top five European Leagues. The statement says that it would ban players from participating in “any competition at domestic, European or world level”.
After the announcement, FIFA, the world game’s governing body, also took part in the debate. They said they can only express its disapproval to a ‘closed European breakaway league’ outside of the international football structures.
“Fifa always stands for unity in world football and calls on all parties involved in heated discussions to engage in calm, constructive and balanced dialogue for the good of the game and in the spirit of solidarity and fair play. Fifa will, of course, do whatever is necessary to contribute to a harmonised way forward in the overall interests of football.”
The world of football will now divide into two halves. it looks like the so-called monopoly of UEFA and FIFA. Might see competition from the founders of the new association, who are yet to declare a governing name.
Football is for passion, community, history, nonetheless, it is for its fan. However, the European giants have chosen money above all.
What is next in line for the Football fans?
The organisation of Football Supporters in Europe showed were not happy with the act. They described the plans as “illegitimate, irresponsible, and anti-competitive by design” which “will be the final nail in the coffin of European football”.
It added: “It is driven exclusively by greed. The only ones who stand to gain are hedge funds, oligarchs, and a handful of already wealthy clubs, many of which perform poorly in their own domestic leagues despite their in-built advantage.”
To sum up if the European Super League happens anytime soon, one can see players only playing for money rather than pride and passion for their club and country. Until and unless UEFA and FIFA join hands with the Break away leagues chairman and both agree on the common terms which is fair to all, the game of football will no longer be the game of emotions but indeed it would rather turn into a game of poker.