An alternative club competition to the Champions League, the Super League was proposed on 19 April 2021. The idea was to bring together the best European teams in a sort of super elite championship.
If the project had been approved, the Super League would have been a private football competition financed by the American Bank, J. P. Morgan.
The Super League was to consist of 20 teams, 15 of them were entrants and the remaining 5 were to be determined season by season by a qualification mechanism.
At the beginning there were 12 founding clubs: the three Italian clubs Juventus, Inter and Milan, together with some of the most quoted English clubs such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, and Spanish clubs including Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
The announcement came through press release in the night between 18 and 19 April and it shocked the entire world of football: the representatives of other clubs, supporters, managers, footballers strongly criticized the new reform that would have revolutionized football forever.
The UEFA and FIFA strongly opposed to the proposal, or better to the business, calling it a shameful thing that went against the values of football, like meritocracy. An emblematic title of the revolt against the creation of the Super League was: – “Football: created by the poor, stolen by the rich.”
Two days after the announcement, for the dissent and disapproval they received, the 12 clubs slipped away. The Super League that had been created to respond to the problem of the pandemic crisis should be postponed for the moment.
The football revolution has to wait.
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