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Football Super League: “Even made more presentable, the project remains at the service of the most powerful clubs”

PVery two years after the spectacular fiasco of the launch of their private European Super League, in April 2021, its promoters have not disarmed, just changed their tune by defending a revamped project.

At least they seem to have learned some lessons. The secession had been announced on a Sunday at midnight, in an atmosphere of putsch, by a pithy press release that the twelve clubs concerned had pitifully relayed without commenting on it.

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Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus Turin are the latest separatists to openly promote the project. This time, under the aegis of the company A22 Sports Managements, a think tank-like lobbying agency, they are trying to clear the ground, and swear by the “dialogue”.

For transparency, we will see later: its only spokesperson is Bernd Reichart, a German marketing specialist, and his site only mentions “famous football clubs” with whom A22 works “to develop ideas for innovative competitions on a European scale”.

“Generate additional resources”

The formula envisaged, renamed “European Football League”pretends to give up everything that had unleashed the critics: she would be ” opened “ And “meritocratic” (without permanent members), would comprise 60 to 80 clubs divided into several divisions, and would no longer threaten the national championships. This charitable project which even promises “a minimum of 400 million euros per year dedicated to solidarity with the amateur world”claims to care about the health of players and the development of women’s football.

The real motivations emerge under this varnish. Each team would play a minimum of 14 matches, instead of the current 6, which is contradictory to say the least with the desire to spare the health of footballers. Not with the aim of “generate additional resources”.

Even made more presentable, the Super League project remains at the service of the most powerful clubs, to award them a bigger slice of a bigger pie.

Cleverly, the approach is based on the – accurate – diagnosis of a European football undermined by the polarization between the rich clubs and the others, by the financial hegemony of the Premier League and by the distorted competition of “club-States” , properties of sovereign wealth funds. It is hard to understand, however, how the Super League, the culmination of this elitist drift, which intended to rally these club-states and six English teams, was able to metamorphose into a program promising sporting fairness, its supporters adopting today the arguments of those who had disavowed it yesterday.

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