Well, here it is. The European Super League was finally officially announced via press release, seen below.
Details of the release lists that the following clubs are involved: AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético, Chelsea, Barcelona, Internazionale, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham.
A further three “founding” member clubs are expected to be joining at a later date. There is no official start date, but the European Super League is expecting to push for a start date as soon as possible. In response to FIFA and UEFA’s prior announcement decrying the formation of the European Super League, the collective teams stated that “In the future, the Founding Clubs look forward to consulting with UEFA and FIFA in order to work together”
I won’t mince words. This is nothing but greed, pure and simple. There is no logic, no passion involved except the passion for money. With world football already besieged foreign nations (Hello Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea), this does nothing but further the gap between the average fan and the teams they support. With UEFA expected to expand the Champions League to a potential “Swiss Model”, there is no need for this league. I, for one, am happy that the DFL and its teams are openly opposed the formation of such a league.
In the immediate aftermath of the press release, rumors of a response by UEFA and FIFA have surfaced, as evident by this tweet:
Breaking | UEFA announces that every club & player participating in The Super League will be banned from all competitions at both European & international level - this includes playing for their country. (Sky Italia)— Get French Football News (@GFFN) April 18, 2021
We will continue to keep you updated regarding this newly formed league.