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- Explainer: how will the new European Super League work?
- Jonathan Liew: only those who hate football can back this
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In case you missed it (handily, the news was confirmed by the clubs just after 11pm in the UK, so you may well have), the founding – and governing – members of the European Super League are (deep breath, boo, hiss) AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Internazionale, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur. That’s six of the best from the Premier League, and three each from La Liga and Serie A. Notable omissions for now are PSG and Bayern Munich. A further three clubs are expected to join before the inaugural season, which is intended to start in August. Five more clubs can qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season. The Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, is behind the plan, along with Joel Glazer of Manchester United and Andrea Agnelli of Juventus.
Football in turmoil! So reads Monday’s back page of this publication – a sentiment echoed widely elsewhere – after 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs confirmed late on Sunday they are to establish a breakaway continental super league, the existence of which would threaten the future of the Champions League and could have wide-reaching impacts on the entire structure of the club game.
You could say the news has caused something of a stir in the football world.Continue reading...
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