Football: Europe's top clubs should plan their own league for 2021

Football: Europe's top clubs should plan their own league for 2021

  • A super league as a competitor to the Champions League in European club football will, according to a report of the mirror again more concrete.
  • Accordingly, it is envisaged that 16 top clubs, including the Bundesliga FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, sign a letter of intent later this month.
  • If the plans are implemented, this would be the end of 2021 for the Uefa worn Champions League in its current form.

The introduction of a super league as a competitor to the Champions League in European club football is, according to a media report again more concrete. A consultancy firm is said to have submitted plans to Real Madrid in October, reported The mirror on Friday. Accordingly, it is envisaged that 16 top clubs, including the Bundesliga FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, sign a letter of intent later this month.

If the plans are implemented, this would be the end of 2021 for the Uefa worn Champions League in its current form. The Super League would be organized according to these ideas private and thus outside the existing associations. Bayern reacted quickly to the mirrorReport and rejected this in a press release. Renewed plans for a so-called Super League are the club "neither known" nor he "participated in negotiations on this". Bayern was also not known, "why he is here in one of the mirror cited document ".

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Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke did not comment directly on the plans to the magazine. But that there are current discussions about the Superliga, "that's clear, and I also believe that a few of the big clubs in Europe knit because clearly". However, these plans are probably "not very concrete".

Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had last in the interview of the magazine 11 friends (November issue) said he expects the introduction of a European Super League in the distant future: "I suspect that this league will one day come, but do not ask me when." The 63-year-old renewed on Friday evening, however, a commitment to the Bundesliga and the European Cup competitions. "FC Bayern München stands by its membership in the Bundesliga, and as long as I am Chairman of the Board of FC Bayern, also to the jointly organized by Uefa and ECA club competitions," says Rummenigge in the club's announcement.

To the 16 clubs that are loud mirror Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, ​​Manchester United, Chelsea FC, Arsenal FC, Manchester City, Liverpool FC, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus Turin and AC Milan as the founders, who can not get off. Atlético Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Olympique Marseille, Inter Milan and AS Roma were the first guests. In conversation is also a second league, in which only these guests could descend.

Background of the simulation games are the upcoming negotiations on the distribution of funds from the Champions League in 2021. Currently, the Uefa pays premiums of 2.04 billion annually to the clubs in the Champions League, the most successful clubs get up to 100 million. The idea that the top clubs organize themselves in their own league in order to achieve significantly higher revenues, has been around for several decades.

Mind games to the Bundesliga exit

Almost three years ago, according to the report, there were even more far-reaching plans to divest the top clubs from the existing league structures. Even then, negotiations were pending on the distributions of the Champions League. Bayern Munich in the person of its chief justice Michael Gerlinger had therefore checked by a law firm, whether the Munich could get out not only from the European competitions, but also from the Bundesliga. The following reform of the Champions League, which ensures the four strongest leagues in each case four starting places for the group stage, a super league was at that time no longer an issue.

Gerlinger told that mirrorthat mental games to get out of the Bundesliga were quickly "completely off the table". BVB boss Watzke promised: "As long as I carry the responsibility here, the BVB will not leave the Bundesliga." In 2016 FC Schalke 04 had been named as a possible participant in the Superliga. The then-discussed league should run with games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays over 34 weeks.

Rummenigge also distanced himself from the assertion of mirror Afterwards, as chairman of the European club organization ECA, he betrayed treason to the medium and smaller clubs organized in it. "I reject this with all decisiveness and clarity," said the former ECA chairman. The vote for the agreed between Uefa and ECA reform was "unanimous" failed.

The coverage of the mirror is the result of research by the Football Leaks disclosure platform, which is available to the magazine and its partners from the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) research network.

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