Original plans for European Super League leaked

Rumours surrounding the proposed European Super League died down with the arrival of the 20/21 campaign, and the last that was officially stated of the hypothetical super-tournament was from former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu. 

During his resignation, he confessed that Barcelona were part of the plans for the European Super League and would be one of the founding members of the competition. 

An 18-page draft containing all details about the competition has reportedly been uncovered, and the plans call for the inclusion of 15 teams from all across the biggest leagues in the continent. 

ATHENS, GREECE – MAY 23: (L to R) Milan teammates Clarence Seedorf and Kaka kiss the trophy following their teams 2-1 victory during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Liverpool and AC Milan at the Olympic Stadium on May 23, 2007 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

From England, the Big Six of the Premier League including Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are set to be included in the tournament. 

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From Germany, only Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich were set to be included with the duo of Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain representing France. Four clubs from Italy, including AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan and Roma were part of the original draft of teams. 

Lastly, the Spanish Big Three of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid would represent Spain. 

Soccer Football – Club World Cup – Final – Real Madrid v Al Ain – Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 22, 2018 Sergio Ramos lifts the trophy as Real Madrid celebrate winning the Club World Cup REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

American investment bank JP Morgan Chase promised to invest a sum worth €3.5 billion across all the 15 clubs to improve their ground conditions and supply them with all the necessary amenities to hold a tournament of such high status.

For merely entering the competition, clubs will receive €350 million, which is an outrageous sum of money in today’s transfer market and would make the financially strong clubs even more powerful, and extend the gap between themselves and the teams not participating in the Super League. 

Hence, to ‘save football’ in a way, FIFA have announced that they will ban any club or player taking part in any unauthorized tournaments, which in this case, is the proposed European Super League. All six heads of FIFA’s continental confederations have signed a letter to punish any club or player participating in the tournament as well.


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