Twelve top European clubs have announced in a joint statement on the night from Sunday to Monday that they will start a European Super League.

The midweek competition, an alternative to the Champions League, must start as soon as possible.

It concerns six English clubs (Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea), three Spanish top clubs (FC Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid) and three Italian clubs (AC Milan, Internazionale and Juventus).

It is striking that the German superpower Bayern Munich - title holder in the Champions League - is not involved, but that can change.

The aim is to start with fifteen clubs in the first season.

Ultimately, it is planned that twenty clubs will participate in the Super League: the fifteen clubs that founded the new league and five clubs that qualified based on the performance of the previous season.

With this own competition, the top clubs will earn even more money and take away financial risks, because the superpowers are sure to participate.

The founders expect to generate an amount of 10 billion euros with the Super League during the period that the clubs have committed themselves to the ambitious project.

It is still unclear how many years it will initially be.

The twelve to fifteen clubs that make the creation of the Super League possible can count on an amount of 3.5 billion euros to support their investment plans and absorb the financial impact of the corona pandemic.

The Super League could herald the end of the Champions League, which was founded in 1992.

The Super League could herald the end of the Champions League, which was founded in 1992.

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Two groups of ten teams in Super League

Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has been put forward as the first president of the new organization.

Andrea Agnelli, the president of Juventus, will serve as vice-president.

Joel Glazer, Manchester United co-chair, is also acting as Super League vice-chair.

In August, the competition should start in two groups of ten teams with away and home games.

The top three of each group qualify for the quarter-finals.

The clubs that finish fourth and fifth will compete in play-offs for the remaining two tickets.

A home and away game are also played in the knockout phase.

The final of the Super League will then be one match, which must be completed at the end of May.

UEFA wants to reform the Champions League

Rumors of the arrival of a Super League have been going on for years, but it never materialized.

Now that is different.

Partly due to the pressure of the great powers, the Champions League would already be reformed into a competition without a group stage, but with one ranking and 36 clubs.

That plan would most likely be hammered off by UEFA on Monday.

The twelve top clubs think that the plans of the European Football Association do not go far enough and therefore want to start with the Super League.

This to the horror of UEFA, FIFA and national federations and leagues.

UEFA has already announced that it will take tough measures.

UEFA threatens to expel clubs that play in the Super League from the national competitions and to ban the players who play in the Super League from the national teams.

As a result, they cannot take action at European and World Cups.

The KNVB supports UEFA, the association wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

The KNVB fully supports this statement from UEFA, the Super League is not in the interest of Dutch football.


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