European Super League will be back soon, says new CEO

Real Madrid, Florentino Perez. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Florentino Perez. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) /

The European Super League, which was possibly the most contentious issue in the footballing world recently, was offered as a new reforming concept in European football, but it only took two days for the proposal to be scrapped due to widespread opposition from fans throughout the world.

The idea behind the new competition was to replace the Champions League and its various subsidiary tournaments with a new event led by an entirely separate administration than UEFA, with the goal of being free of UEFA’s alleged mismanagement.

While the concept has been rejected for the time being, it is thought that the idea is still alive and that the founding clubs Juventus, Real Madrid, and Barcelona are working to reestablish the Super League. The dispute between UEFA and the Super League is currently in court.

As per newly appointed CEO, the European Super League will return in three years

Following the failure of the initial project nearly as soon as it was unveiled, it is reported that the authorities behind it want to reintroduce it in three years with some interesting alterations.

According to a Financial Times interview with Bernd Reichart, the new CEO of the company representing the Super League, the plan is to revive the competition with the goal of creating a “sustainable sporting model.”

The major cause of controversy against the Super League and its eventual abolition was the competition’s regressive format, which intended to award permanent slots to big European teams, thereby closing the door to a fair and competitive tournament with equal chance for all clubs, big or small.

Reichart said the following about the regressive format:

"“There is a reassessment. There is a clearly stated move towards an open format and that permanent membership is off the table.”"

The new person in charge also stated that the new ESL plan will be a “blank slate” and that the format will never be an obstacle.

Around the conversation, Reichart noted that a relaunch in 2024-2025 seems like a fair expectation to restore the ESL with required changes that would delight fans and make them more open to the new idea.

The competition that Real Madrid was supposed to lead is now long forgotten by fans and other stakeholders, but with the aforementioned statements coming directly from a top figure inside the company, the spark is poised to ignite once more.

It remains to be seen if the new arrangement will be welcomed as enthusiastically as it was rejected. Florentino Perez of Real Madrid, the competition’s major driving force, has frequently spoken about the evils that continue in UEFA and how rapid reforms are required to revive the sport.

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