We’ve known about the concept of a European Super League for years, but when the reports started flooding in over the weekend that the competition was finally getting close to the point of being finalized it was met with disgust and outrage by fans, media and football lovers alike.
On Monday, I broke down how the Super League would be constructed, who it would affect most and what the future of European football may look like. I urge you to check out that piece if you haven’t already done so or don’t have a full grasp of what’s transpiring across the pond.
Let’s speak openly and honestly though because it feels like the one-sided nature of the argument that the Super League is awful for football is a bit overexaggerated.
The top five leagues in Europe have had a problem for some time, and it’s not going away. It’s only been magnified over the past two decades, particularly in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga. Paris Saint-Germain’s ownership change in 2011 came a lot later, so the club’s success as of late is still relatively new.
Over the past two decades, six clubs have won the Premier League title. Those teams being Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United. Outside of Leicester’s nearly improbable run to the PL crown in 2015/16, the Premier League has been won by a club that has announced its intention to join the Super League.
What about La Liga or Serie A? Barcelona and Real Madrid have combined for 17 of the last 20 Spanish top-flight titles, while Juventus has won eight consecutive Serie A championships.
Dating back to 1990/91, only three clubs have won Italy’s domestic league not named AC Milan, Inter Milan or Juventus. In a sport where fans clamor for parity and openness for the smaller-valued clubs to have the same opportunities at winning titles, recent history shows that isn’t the case.
The Leicester City example is far out of the ordinary in this type of situation, while Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have been the ones racking up the accolades within the Premier League.
The UEFA Champions League conversation has been similar over the two previous decades, with all but one season concluding with a winner from the top five leagues. Within that span as well, Porto is the only team to win UCL that isn’t currently being linked to the Super League.