Change is hard and whenever a potentially earth shattering decision is made there’s plenty of negative reaction out the gate.
The idea of a European Super League isn’t anything new. The concept has been floated in public for nearly three years when documents first leaked about the interest of Europe’s biggest clubs seeking a competition of their own separate from the UEFA Champions League or the continent’s domestic leagues.
With a global pandemic having ravaged the world and affecting the financial structure of many clubs and leagues, here we are in 2021 with the latest developments surrounding the Super League and all the backlash that comes along with it.
The news of the Super League’s latest plans come on the same day as the UEFA Champions League’s revamped 36-team tournament, which is set to begin in 2024. Under its new format, UCL will do away with a group stage and instead form a single league with the standings determining which clubs progress into the knockout stages.
The Super League discussion isn’t an easily digestible subject, so bear with me while we dive into this discussion and establish some of the major pros and cons of what a European Super League would look like and how it would alter the sport of football.