The European Super League was introduced in April. An idea based on the formation of a rival
Competition in UEFA’s Champions League. Encompassing teams from the English Premier
League, La Liga from Spain and Italy’s Serie A. It’s creation was greeted with a fanfare,
promoting it as the saviour of football. However a huge wave of discontentment soon swept over
the fledgling league, consigning it to history before it had even begun. Twelve of the founding
clubs have now backed out. Three clubs remain, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, all with
reasons for keeping faith with the new league.
Barcelona perhaps above all. They have just elected a new President, Joan Laporta. Among
the issues he faces are a lack of resources, the global pandemic, internal player unrest,
allegations of fraud and especially the prospect of losing their star player Lionel Messi.
Barcelona among other clubs have suffered because of the pandemic, takings and
merchandising are down. Barcelona face much the same problem as other top clubs in, most of
their league games are against smaller clubs which doesn’t encourage TV companies to pile
money in. Barcelona are faced with losing some of their players due to the tactics of the
previous President in an effort to drive wages down. He is faced with the problem of attracting
new players and persuading superstars like Lionel Messi to sign a new contract.
Laporta sees the new league as a saving grace and possible salvation from those issues. The
new league is something that will provide exciting, attractive football; this will lead to increased
revenue and go a long way to solving Barcelona’s financial problems and promote survival. The
new league provides a guaranteed place among the elite, guaranteed participation in decision
making and increased income. The best of both worlds if they can still enter the Champions
As part of his crusade to rescue the European Super League he has a list of culprits in his
sights. He blames UEFA for its threatening stance, and the speed with which they imposed
sanctions and fines and overall their lack of preparedness to negotiate..
As far as the other founding members of the league are concerned, he blames the English
Premier League clubs for backing down so readily and accepting punishments levied on them,
indeed according to him the whole idea was ‘Manchester United and Liverpool’ anyway.
He is quite determined to safeguard the rights of the Super League by using the judicial system,
a move that has already borne fruit by a court in Spain telling Uefa that they must withdraw theirthreats of sanctions against the three rebel clubs, a move which has in effect persuaded UEFA
to put things on hold.
Along with the owners of Real Madrid and Juventus they are determined not to back down. He
refuses to apologise for something that he sees as entirely legal. The company that was formed
to run the new league are well within their rights to run competitions as they see fit and remain
part of UEFA