European Super League: Teams, Format and Reactions

Twelve of Europe’s elite clubs on Monday said they planned to create a separate European Super League that would act in competition to the Prestigious Champions League.

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Who will participate in the new Europan Super League?

England’s traditional ‘big six’ of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have confirmed their intent to join the European Super League. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan have joined as founding clubs, with three more expected to follow suit.

The aforementioned twelve clubs have all officially left the European Club Association. Florentino Perez, the president of Real Madrid, is the first chairman of the Super League, while Juventus’ Andrea Agnelli and Manchester United’s Joel Glazer acting as vice-chairmen.

The founding clubs will receive a mammoth “a one-time payment of the order of 3.5 billion euros”. “Three additional clubs will be invited to join them before the start of the inaugural season which will start as soon as practicable,” added the organisers.

However, the plan of a new footballing league has been vocally rejected by others, including Bundesliga outfits Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, while UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and La Liga chief Javier Tebas are among the most passionate critics of it.

European Super League’s format

This is how the European Super League’s format will be:

  • 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.

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European Super League Reactions

According to UEFA, The English Football Association (FA) and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have all slammed the proposal which endangers the very structure of the game. 

FIFA added: “[We] can only express disapproval to a ‘closed European breakaway league’ outside of the international football structures.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has condemned the plans, saying: “would strike at the heart of the domestic game, and will concern fans across the country”.

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has criticised the plans of forming a new mid-week competition.


Former Manchester United title-winning defender has spoken passionately against the European Super League.


Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has hit out too at the breakaway competition.


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