Arsenal confirm their place in European Super League | News Arseblog
Arsenal have confirmed that the club are one of 12 founders of a new midweek competition called the European Super League.
Details of the project are detailed in a joint statement the Gunners shared on the club’s website.
When information leaked earlier this evening, it sparked a furious reaction from the respective football authorities in each country. UEFA has threatened to penalize those involved in the past, so a few weeks are likely to be spicy as the dust settles and legal wrangles begin.
It goes without saying that we think the idea of a closed league is crap even as it consolidates Arsenal among a group of clubs that are currently enjoying much more success on the pitch than we are.
The joint statement of the European Super League
Twelve of Europe’s biggest football clubs gathered today to announce that they have agreed to create a new midweek competition, the Super League, governed by its founding clubs.
AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as founding clubs. Three more clubs are expected to join ahead of the inaugural season, which is expected to start as soon as possible.
Going forward, the founding clubs look forward to engaging with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to achieve the best results for the new League and for football as a whole.
The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability of the current economic model of European football. In addition, for a number of years the founding clubs have aimed to improve the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season and to create a format that allows the best clubs and players to s ‘face regularly.
The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable business approach are needed to increase value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid.
In recent months, an in-depth dialogue has taken place with football players regarding the future format of European competitions. The founding clubs believe that the solutions proposed as a result of these discussions do not solve fundamental problems, including the need to provide better quality matches and additional financial resources for the football pyramid as a whole.
- 20 participating clubs with 15 founding clubs and a qualification mechanism allowing five other teams to qualify each year based on the achievements of the previous season.
- Mid-week meetings with all participating clubs which continue to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match schedule which remains at the heart of the club match.
- An early August with clubs competing in two groups of ten, playing home and away matches, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter-finals. The teams finishing fourth and fifth will then face off in a two-man play-off for the remaining quarter-finals. A two-round knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will take place in a single game on neutral ground.
As soon as possible after the start of the men’s competition, a corresponding women’s league will also be launched, helping to advance and develop women’s football.
The new annual tournament will offer significantly greater economic growth and support for European football through a long-term commitment to uncapped solidarity payments that will increase with the league’s income.
These solidarity payments will be significantly higher than those generated by the current European competition and are expected to exceed € 10 billion during the clubs initial engagement period.
In addition, the competition will be built on a sustainable financial basis with all founding clubs subscribing to an expenditure framework. In return for their commitment, the founding clubs will receive an amount of 3.5 billion euros just to support their infrastructure investment plans and to offset the impact of the COVID pandemic.
Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid and first president of the Super League, said: “We will help football at all levels and bring it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with over four billion fans and our responsibility as great clubs is to fulfill their wishes.
Supporting the new European League, Andrea Agnelli, President of Juventus and Vice-President of the Super League said: “Our 12 founding clubs represent billions of fans around the world and 99 European trophies. We have come together at this critical moment, transforming European competition, placing the game we love on a sustainable basis for a long-term future, dramatically increasing solidarity and giving fans and amateur players a flow. regular big titles that nurture their passion for the game while providing them with engaging role models. “
Joel Glazer, Manchester United Co-President and Super League Vice-President said: “By bringing together the world’s biggest clubs and players to compete against each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter. for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid. “