They’re back. As we knew they would be. A new plan for the European Super League, featuring 60-80 clubs and no permanent members has now been published by A22 Sports Management – a sister company of the ESL promoting the idea.
A revised European Super League would open the door to up to 80 clubs a year across several divisions, its chief executive has said. A22 Sports Management is promoting a revision of the plans that collapsed in 2021 following the withdrawal of six Premier League sides and says that this time no members would be afforded a permanent seat at the table of a competition that would provide clubs with a guaranteed minimum of 14 matches per season.
While project backers A22 made great play of outlining their 10 principles, it is one core idea that matters most. The Super League in its current form is an attempt to create a Premier League-style competition that supplants the Champions League.
A further issue for the football establishment is that there are an increasing number of European lawyers who think that UEFA and FIFA are not fit for purpose. A growing argument is that, given the amount of money at stake and how the game has grossly evolved from even 20 years ago, let alone the period when these institutions were founded – the bodies should go back to governing and administration and the clubs should run their competitions, as with the Premier League.
So how has the latest proposal unfolded? FootTheBall breaks down the latest developments regarding the European Super League in 2023.
What is the European Super League?
Plans for a Super League first emerged in April 2021, a 20-team league with guaranteed spots for 12 founder clubs and three sides who were due to join at a later date. A further five spots would have been awarded based on sporting achievements, though the specifics of this were never made plain.
Within 48 hours, the English representatives – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham had all withdrawn following a ferocious reaction from supporters. Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan also stepped back from plans.
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