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Super League: New ideas for European football league


Two years ago, plans for a soccer “Super League” fell through due to opposition from clubs and fans. Now the proponents are trying again. With numerous teams and 14 guaranteed matches per club.

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Florentino Pérez, President of Real Madrid, is one of the protagonists of the Super League project


The sports project developer A22, which is driving the implementation of the Super League plans, has presented further details for a possible alternative to the well-known European football cup competitions.

"A European football league should be an open competition with 60 to 80 teams in several divisions, with revenues spread across the pyramid," the agency said.

Participation is based "on the basis of the sporting performance achieved over the course of the season".

Guarantee for 14 games per participant

There should be no permanent members, "the qualification through national performance gives clubs access to European competition and thus maintains the dynamics at national level," it said.

At least 14 guaranteed European games are under discussion.

The ten principles presented include the following: »A new European competition must aim to be the most exciting sporting event in the world.«

Almost two years ago, twelve top clubs, including six Premier League clubs, caused a stir with the publication of their Super League plans.

The project would have been in direct competition with the Champions League of the European Football Union Uefa.

But after massive protests from other clubs, associations and fans, nine of the twelve clubs withdrew within hours.

Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin declared the project "dead" at the time.

A22's efforts are seen as a fresh start.

Proceedings pending at the ECJ

According to the announcement, A22 boss Bernd Reichart has now spoken to "around 50 European football clubs and other football stakeholders".

Details and names were not given.

The dispute over an alternative to the Uefa competitions is currently at the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ).

A verdict is expected in the coming months.

»It is the clubs that bear the entrepreneurial risk in football.

But when it comes to important decisions, they are too often forced to sit idly by and watch from the sidelines as the sporting and financial foundations melt away from under their hands,” said Reichart.

"Our talks have also made it clear that clubs often find it impossible to speak out publicly against a system that uses the threat of sanctions to thwart opposition."

The two top German clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund had refused to take part in the planning of such a league from the start.


Source: spiegel

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