IL CALCIO – EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE – UEFA – FIFA. In Copertina #superleague. Photo Courtesy of Fifa.com ©Getty Images. https://www.fifa.com/https://it.uefa.com/https://thesuperleague.it/index.html#who_we_are.

Non è uno scherzo, ma è bene che la notte porti consiglio, tutti sapevano, una forzatura prevista da parte dei 12 club, Milan, Arsenal, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur. La Champions League a 34 squadre nel 2024, una futura Coppa del Mondo a 48 squadre, l’ingresso di Fondi internazionali e sovranazionali nei principali campionati domestici, gli imminenti Recovery Plans relativi all’attuale emergenza pandemica. I grandi club non hanno ricevuto le dovute rassicurazioni che i loro privilegi possano rimanere intatti. Anche leggendo i comunicati stampa della European Super League, della Uefa e delle principali Leghe Nazionali, della Fifa, è chiaro che tutti sapevano quando e come, la pandemia ha soltanto accellerato ma non più di tanto i tempi. Comunque, non è uno scherzo, a breve un consiglio Uefa presieduto dal Presidente Ceferin con la presenza del Presidente Fifa Infantino con esclusioni per club e giocatori nelle attuali competizioni Uefa e Fifa che potrebbero anche essere rese ufficiali nelle prossime ore o giorni. Personalmente ritengo che un miglioramento e un arricchimento deve sempre passare per una rinuncia, l’esempio dovrebbe partire da chi ha sempre avuto tutto o quasi. (m.g.)

IL CALCIO – EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE – UEFA – FIFA. In Copertina #superleague. Photo Courtesy of Fifa.com ©Getty Images. https://www.fifa.com/https://it.uefa.com/https://thesuperleague.it/index.html#who_we_are.


PRESS RELEASE EUROPEAN SUPERLEAGUE / UEFA / FIFA


LEADING EUROPEAN FOOTBALL CLUBS ANNOUNCE NEW SUPER LEAGUE COMPETITION

Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.

AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs. It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.

Going forward, the Founding Clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.

The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model. Further, for a number of years, the Founding Clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis.

The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid. In recent months extensive dialogue has taken place with football stakeholders regarding the future format of European competitions. The Founding Clubs believe the solutions proposed following these talks do not solve fundamental issues, including the need to provide higher-quality matches and additional financial resources for the overall football pyramid.

Competition Format

  • 20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.
  • Midweek fixtures with all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match calendar which remains at the heart of the club game.
  • An August start with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter finals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions. A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.

As soon as practicable after the start of the men’s competition, a corresponding women’s league will also be launched, helping to advance and develop the women’s game.

The new annual tournament will provide significantly greater economic growth and support for European football via a long-term commitment to uncapped solidarity payments which will grow in line with league revenues. These solidarity payments will be substantially higher than those generated by the current European competition and are expected to be in excess of €10 billion during the course of the initial commitment period of the Clubs. In addition, the competition will be built on a sustainable financial foundation with all Founding Clubs signing up to a spending framework. In exchange for their commitment, Founding Clubs will receive an amount of €3.5 billion solely to support their infrastructure investment plans and to offset the impact of the COVID pandemic.

Florentino Pérez, President Real Madrid CF and the first Chairman of the Super League said:

“We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires.”

Backing the new European league, Andrea Agnelli, Chairman of Juventus and Vice-Chairman of the Super League said:

“Our 12 Founder clubs represent billions of fans across the globe and 99 European trophies. We have come together at this critical moment, enabling European competition to be transformed, putting the game we love on a sustainable footing for the long-term future, substantially increasing solidarity, and giving fans and amateur players a regular flow of headline fixtures that will feed their passion for the game while providing them with engaging role models.”

Joel Glazer, Co-Chairman of Manchester United and Vice-Chairman of the Super League said:

“By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid.”


Dichiarazione UEFA, Federcalcio inglese, Premier League, Federcalcio spagnola, LaLiga, Federcalcio Italiana e Lega Serie A

La UEFA, la Federcalcio inglese e la Premier League, la Federcalcio spagnola (RFEF) e La Liga, la Federcalcio italiana (FIGC) e la Lega Serie A hanno appreso che alcuni club inglesi, spagnoli e italiani potrebbero aver intenzione di annunciare la creazione di una cosiddetta Super League chiusa.

Se ciò dovesse accadere, teniamo a ribadire che noi – UEFA, FA, RFEF, FIGC, Premier League, LaLiga, Lega Serie A, ma anche FIFA e tutte le nostre federazioni affiliate – resteremo uniti nei nostri sforzi per fermare questo cinico progetto, un progetto che si fonda sull’interesse personale di pochi club in un momento in cui la società ha più che mai bisogno di solidarietà.

Prenderemo in considerazione tutte le misure a nostra disposizione, a tutti i livelli, sia giudiziario che sportivo, al fine di evitare che ciò accada. Il calcio si basa su competizioni aperte e meriti sportivi; non può essere altrimenti.

Come annunciato in precedenza dalla FIFA e dalle sei Confederazioni, ai club in questione sarà vietato giocare in qualsiasi altra competizione a livello nazionale, europeo o mondiale, e ai loro giocatori potrebbe essere negata l’opportunità di rappresentare le loro squadre nazionali.

Ringraziamo quei club di altri Paesi, in particolare i club francesi e tedeschi, che hanno rifiutato di iscriversi. Chiediamo a tutti gli amanti del calcio, tifosi e politici, di unirsi a noi nella lotta contro un progetto del genere se dovesse essere annunciato. Questo persistente interesse personale di pochi va avanti da troppo tempo. Quando è troppo è troppo


FIFA Statement

19 Apr 2021

In view of several media requests and as already stated several times, FIFA wishes to clarify that it stands firm in favour of solidarity in football and an equitable redistribution model which can help develop football as a sport, particularly at global level, since the development of global football is the primary mission of FIFA.

In our view, and in accordance with our statutes, any football competition, whether national, regional or global, should always reflect the core principles of solidarity, inclusivity, integrity and equitable financial redistribution. Moreover, the governing bodies of football should employ all lawful, sporting and diplomatic means to ensure this remains the case. Against this background, FIFA can only express its disapproval to a “closed European breakaway league” outside of the international football structures and not respecting the aforementioned principles.

FIFA always stands for unity in world football and calls on all parties involved in heated discussions to engage in calm, constructive and balanced dialogue for the good of the game and in the spirit of solidarity and fair play. FIFA will, of course, do whatever is necessary to contribute to a harmonised way forward in the overall interests of football.


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