Super League: when the greats of Europe secede


Since Sunday April 18, 2021, the football world has been in turmoil; twelve of the biggest European clubs have formalized the creation of the Super League. The goal? set up a whole new European competition, much more elitist, to replace the Champions League.

The concept is quite easy to grasp, this Super League would have only 20 participants, 15 of which have a permanent place allocated on exclusively financial criteria, while the other 5 should qualify.

If at first glance, this project aiming to bring together the elite of football is a dream, above all it has the merit of putting sporting and financial interests in competition more than ever. Gone is the struggle of the big English clubs to grab a precious qualifying place, or even the hopes of participation of the teams evolving in more modest championships of Eastern Europe, and this is precisely what lament the most football fans. fervent. Indeed, if such a competition would undoubtedly contribute to an increase in the level, the dream of seeing teams thwart all predictions and reach the final, like Monaco and Porto during the 2003/2004 edition of the Champions League, would be well and truly over.

Nevertheless, this defeatist reasoning obscures the sporting advantages, but also the economic advantages available to the project.

Beyond an increase in the level of play offered – the correlation between sporting performance and financial means no longer to be demonstrated – such a competition would allow clubs to benefit from a better distribution of profits. Currently, the Champions League is the competition that generates the most money, mainly through matches between the great Europeans, now rebellious. Unfortunately for them, the distribution of profits is mainly done with the federations. It is thus easy to understand where their interest lies in changing the system.

Now pushed to their limits, UEFA and FIFA are playing their game and threatening heavy sanctions on the clubs in question, as well as their players: exclusion from future Champions League, championships, but also European Cup and World Cup. An attempt to quit or double therefore, which should not prevent said federations from negotiating a better distribution of profits behind the scenes.

Another interesting element is the behavior of the clubs. For a long time, the nouveau riche such as PSG and Manchester City have been accused of all the evils of modern football, such as contributing to eternal financial escalation, and probably wishing to do away with the historic institutions of UEFA and FIFA.

Ironically, PSG strongly opposed the project, and Manchester City signed it last. The main supporters of this Super League are precisely the big historical clubs, such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona or Manchester United to name a few.

Surprisingly, it is therefore PSG, as well as Bayern Munich, which will probably be among the big winners, regardless of the outcome of the conflict. By remaining faithful to historical authorities, these two clubs make sure not to suffer sanctions, while always having the opportunity to join the Super League if it ever emerges. Indeed, France and Germany representing a market of more than 150 million consumers, it is obvious that the two clubs representing them best will be recalled.

So, if at the present time it is impossible to predict what will be the outcome of this showdown between the historic institutions of football and the slingers, the fact is that European football as we know it will change between now and the two. or the next three years.

Either the Champions League will switch to a new formula desired by UEFA, or it will disappear in favor of a Super League insofar as it is impossible to see two competitions of such magnitude coexist for more than a season or two.