Can a breakaway European ‘Super League’ actually happen?
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Chelsea, Juventus and PSG.
This isn’t the next round of UEFA’s Champions League, it could be the group of founding members for an independent ‘rebellion’ league where Europe’s biggest clubs will play each other in a breakaway competition.
There has been a vicious push-back to the concept, which is being spearheaded by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez.
FIFA, the global governing body of football, has threatened to expel rebel clubs from its existing tournaments and, potentially, ban players from breakaway clubs from the FIFA World Cup.
According to BBC football writer Andy West, the concept of a Super League should not be laughed off as a meaningless thought bubble.
“At the moment, the top clubs feel they are not able to maximise their profits because they don’t play each other often enough,” West told Macquarie Sports Radio‘s Cam Reddin.
For example, two of Europe’s biggest and wealthiest clubs, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, have not played a match against each other in nearly four years.
“UEFA don’t want anything to do with it because the Champions League does very nicely for them. The clubs, if they break away and set up their own competition… they would not only have the revenue of playing each other, but they control that revenue because they would organise that league,” West said.
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