- Twelve of Europe’s biggest soccer clubs have announced a new formation of a Super League.
- UEFA is publicly against the move, but announced that the Champions League will continue next week.
- Odds for who will win the first European Super League are now available, with Manchester City holding the shortest odds at +600.
NYON, Switzerland – Over the course of the last 48 hours, the entire landscape of European Football has been transformed.
In an unprecedented power move, twelve of the biggest football clubs in the world have officially announced the formation of a European “Super League”. This league intends to be competed outside of the team’s domestic league play, with games occurring one a week in primetime media placement.
So far, the teams involved include Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham from England, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, and Real Madrid from Spain, and AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Juventus from Italy.
Odds for this Super League have already gone live on the, legal online sportsbooks, fanning the flames of attention to the many complications of this move.
Who Will Win The First European Super League?
- Manchester City +600
- Barcelona +700
- Real Madrid +700
- Juventus +900
- Inter Milan +1000
- Manchester United +1200
- Liverpool +1200
- Chelsea +1400
- Atletico Madrid +1600
- AC Milan +2500
- Arsenal +3300
- Tottenham +3300
- Any Other Team +250
The league intends to showcase the best clubs in the world against each other more frequently than the current UEFA Champions League.
Unlike the Champions League, the Super League would not feature relegation or qualifying of any sort. The twelve teams compose the “founding clubs” of the league and will govern the league through their own ownership.
Of the notable clubs to decline the invitation include Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Paris Saint-Germain.
Three more clubs are expected to join before the clubs begin their inaugural season, which is expected to occur as soon as possible. The betting odds for the Champions League were initially removed from all major sportsbook retailers soon after the announcement.
UEFA was initially threatening to punish any players who took part in the Super League by banning them from participation in future World Cups.
They have since backed off that statement for now and have announced that the semi-finals of the current Champions League season will continue next week with Super League participants Chelsea, Manchester City, and Real Madrid.
Super League To Be Controlled By Owners
While the main motivation for this league is clearly shown to be financial, the clubs are claiming that there are other factors.
“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,” stated the clubs in a joint statement. “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.”
With the global pandemic taking a toll on sports teams around the world, the Founding Clubs can now make back that lost profit through the massive TV deals of their new Super League.
In the wake of this moves lays the trampled image of domestic competition and respect for the long-run leagues and internal national systems of football.
Reaction From England
Few said it better than former Manchester United player and commentator Gary Neville, who relayed his thoughts on the situation live on Sky Sports.
Gary Neville is the people's hero right now. Unreal piece of television about the European Super League. pic.twitter.com/ypdQbdQfs7
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) April 18, 2021
The detriment to local football is displayed clearly and poignantly by Neville, who goes as far to encourage fans to spurn their teams. As the situation continues to play out in the months to come, the changes and impact will likely reach even further than those felt today.
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