The Premier League clubs at the centre of a plan to form a European Superleague have been revealed.
A whole load of revelations had been promised via ‘football leaks’ this week and as well as allegations claiming FIFA have helped Man City and PSG avoid FFP sanctions, the European Sueprleague has once again reared its ugly head.
Before the Premier League was formed to try and ensure certain clubs got a lot more money than the rest, the idea of a European Superleague was regularly voiced.
The growth of the Champions League and especially the amounts of cash involved, have/had also helped dampen down the idea.
However, one thing is for sure, the rich will always look at ways to become even richer.
It is German magazine Der Spiegel and European Investigative Collaborations, a network of international media, who have broken this latest story on a planned European Superleague.
They say a Champions League compromise was reached in 2016 that temporarily halted plans for such a league but that it is now back on the agenda, with a plan that would see 11 European clubs creating a Super League in 2021, when the agreement on the Champions League format and revenue sharing ends.
The ‘football leaks’ reports says that under the plan, the 11 ‘founders’ could not be relegated from the Super League, then to make up the numbers, five ‘guest teams’ would be invited to make it into a 16 team competition.
The intention being to have this replacing the current 32 team Champions League.
The founding clubs (who under the agreement would not face relegation for at least 20 years) named are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, Chelsea, Arsenal, PSG, Manchester City, Liverpool, AC Milan and Bayern Munich.
As for the five guest clubs, they are named as being planned to be: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille, Inter Milan and Roma.
Nothing would surprise you when it comes to greed in football, FIFA itself having shown itself to be leading the way in that respect.
We have had constant attempts by clubs in England and Spain, amongst others, who want to play some league matches around the world, to generate even more money. No doubt that if this European Superleague did happen, we would see an ever increasing number of those games played in other countries, no matter what the fans of competing clubs would say.