Comrades! The football revolution, the need for which the Bolsheviks have been talking about for so long (although, sorry, in our case, it was the Mensheviks), has come to pass. Done on Sunday evening, April 18. This date can be considered the birthday of the European football Superleague.
The date itself was not chosen by chance. The conspirators decided to play ahead of UEFA: on April 19, the European Football Union intended to introduce a new competition format in the Champions League and Europa League.
UEFA has approved a new format for club competitions. But the trick ahead of the bosses of the newly-minted Super League was a success. Almost all world sports reports on April 19 were devoted to this very topic - the Super League. She, this theme, like an annoying fashionable tune, sounds from all speakers and irons. She was paid attention to and commented on both the highest football and no less high state officials. There was an impression that so many football events took place in just one Monday, as in a "lean" time, even in a whole year.
In general, there is a lot of information. It appears practically every hour, and the further, the sharper and more resonant: for each "Chamberlain's answer," there is an even steeper curtsey and move. Let's now try to sort all these piles of data on the shelves. The easiest way to do this is in question-answer mode.
So, who is the Super League?
At the moment there are twelve clubs from England, Spain, and Italy. Specifically: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético, Juventus, Inter and Milan ".
How many clubs should there be in the Super League as a result?
Twenty. Fifteen of them will participate in the tournament on an ongoing basis (that is, they will not be eliminated), and another five teams will change, that is, enter and exit.
Why are there no German and French clubs in the Super League?
Purely visually, the League with the Super prefix can hardly be considered if there are no Bayern and PSG under its arches. The SL invited the Munich grand to their "gatherings" (as well as the Dortmund Borussia and Leipzig), but so far, the German teams do not intend to take such a radical step. The Superleague gave the Germans precisely one month to think about it. PSG may intend, but this is probably the case when you want to and inject, but you can't. The fact is that the owner of the Parisian club Al-Helaifi is concurrently a leading rank in UEFA and is also tied with multimillion-dollar obligations with the European Football Union and Qatari television for the right to broadcast the Champions League matches. The Parisians must decide within the next 14 days - that is, how much they were allocated in the SL.
Can clubs other than the well-known top-five play in SL?
Yes. Rumor has it that they would like to see Porto, Benfica, and Ajax there. But this is still unconfirmed information.
Are Shakhtar or Dynamo expected there by chance?
Unfortunately or fortunately, they do not wait - for SL, we are too "smallish". There, in all likelihood, they will be limited to representatives of Western Europe.
When is the Super League going to start?
Very soon: in August of this year. Feel the difference: if UEFA plans to reorganize the Champions League from the 2024/2025 season, the Super League will play in the coming season.
What will be the formula for the Super League?
Twenty teams will be divided into two groups, ten participants each. In a group tournament, opponents play in a round-robin system, that is, each against each. At this stage, the teams will play 18 matches—further - the stage of the playoffs. Of the two groups, the top three teams fall directly into it, and those who finished fourth and fifth play two playoffs to get to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals and semi-finals are played in two matches: at home - away, the final - one match, which is planned to be played on a neutral field.
Are the dates set yet?
It is planned that the Super League matches will be played in the middle of the week, while on the weekend the members of the new club formation will play in the national championships.
How did the leading football leagues react to this idea?
None of the top five European leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1) supported the idea of creating a Super League. Moreover, all these organizations have spoken out publicly against its creation and functioning. The current championships in England, Spain, and Italy may not finish at all or be canceled. In the Apennines, some clubs (specifically "Atalanta") call for the exclusion of three conspirators from Serie A.
Who runs the show in the Super League?
All familiar faces. The head of the organization is the boss of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez. The creator of the era of "Galacticos" has long been "overwhelmed" by the idea of creating a closed club of big football moneybags, and now, finally, his idea was embodied. Rumor has it that Don Florentino persuaded his sworn friends by Example - Barça and Atlético - to follow him to a brighter future. He has two deputies: the president of Juventus and the former head of the Association of European Clubs, Andrea Agnelli, and the owner of ManUnited Joel Glazer.
At whose expense is the banquet?
The general sponsor of the European football Superleague is the largest American financial holding, JP Morgan Chase. Bankers from Manhattan are ready to invest almost six billion euros in SL. But not gratuitously: the Americans are planning to "recapture" income by selling rights to television broadcasts.
How will income be distributed among SL clubs?
Fifteen permanent participants of the tournament will initially be paid about three and a half billion euros. But not in equal shares. Someone will receive 89 million, and someone - 310 at once. Why such injustice? Well, big money likes silence and doesn't like publicity, so it's hard to say anything definite about this. The number of payments will most likely depend on the place occupied by the team in the group stage. But the starting pay is not limited to. It is planned that the SL participants will be paid a little later about six and a half billion euros (not only to the "founding fathers", but also to those who will participate on a non-permanent basis). This money will be used mainly to combat the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic.
How did UEFA react to all this?
Very hard. The gentlemen from the European Football Union are strongly against it. They threaten to exclude the current twelve clubs, and indeed all potential SL members, from all possible competitions, both at the club level and at the national team level (this applies to players playing in SL teams). Also, UEFA threatens to take away the right to host Euro 2020 from several stadiums, which are the property of SL clubs. The direct speech of UEFA President Alexander Čeferin: "My opinion? We must disqualify all players from this Super League from participating in UEFA and FIFA tournaments. "The official decision of Cheferin's department regarding both the "splitters" and the fate of the current Champions League and LE, however, as well as the holding of Euro 2020, will be announced a little later.
How did FIFA react?
Less harsh than UEFA. More precisely, the International Football Federation "expresses concern" and calls on "all parties to the conflict to sit down at the negotiating table." In general, the Infantino department is still looking closely.
How did Ukraine react?
Here is what the president of the UAF, Andriy Pavelko, wrote about this in one of the social networks: "European football continues to develop actively and uses the best innovative practices and tools for even better organization of European cups and a system of solidarity with all clubs and national associations in Europe. Any other projects and decisions made outside the united football community are outside the rules. The UEFA team is more united than ever and is committed to working as efficiently as possible to develop football further. "Judging by this post, Pavelko is also against the Super League.