The European Super League: Is it worth it?

The European Super League: Is it worth it? German newspaper Der Spiegel last year leaked secret documents from a coalition of European clubs revealing their plans to create a...

The European Super League: Is it worth it?

German newspaper Der Spiegel last year leaked secret documents from a coalition of European clubs revealing their plans to create a European Super League (ESL). The leaked document came in the form of an email from Bayern Munichs chief legal expert Michael Gerlinger.

An ESL in one form or another has been discussed since 1990, only quietened by the financial success of the Champions League. But would an ESL be good for football?

Whats the need for an ESL?

Ask the average football fan and there is no need for an ESL at all. We already have the Champions League and Europes super clubs already boast eye-watering revenues.

However the owners of Europes super clubs all fall foul of the most unbecoming of the seven deadly sins greed. Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at the culmination of the Premier League season will both receive the same share of TV revenues.

Why, the Manchester City owners may ask, should a team as glorious as ours receive the same TV money as lowly Huddersfield Town? The formation of the ESL would eradicate this equality and give clubs like City the share of the spoils that they deserve.

Fans dont matter

Not in the traditional sense anyway. Let us go back to the above example, Huddersfield Town average crowds of around 24,000 in the Premier League (a sell-out) whereas City average around 45,000 (not a sell-out.)

Manchester City had won 2 English league titles prior to their cash injection, and Huddersfield Town have won 3 league titles without any such luxury. None of that matters though, super clubs do not care for diehard fans, history or any other trivial matters.

They care about fans in Asia, North America and Africa, and unfortunately for Huddersfield Town their rag-tag bunch of hard-working players dont have the allure of Citys billionaires in the far-flung reaches of the world.

An ESL would allow clubs like City to reach the fans that they care much more about. The fans that will pay for TV subscriptions, buy merchandise and fill the clubs coffers.

Fairness doesnt matter

Financial Fair Play (FFP), perhaps one of the biggest lies told in the modern day was a tool put in place by European FAs to combat financial doping. The type of thing that transformed Manchester City from a team that played goalkeeper David James up front to a team that won the Premier League with 100 points last season.

In an ESL there would be no pesky regulatory bodies limiting the spending powers of Europes elite. They would be a law unto themselves, free to purchase whomever they so wished in order to boost their overseas profile.

What would be the benefits of an ESL?

There would be more excitement for football fans obviously. We would be treated to the latter stages of the Champions League every single weekend – the games that only gain viewing figures of 200,000 in the UK.

Also there would be a dilution of international football. Players involved in the ESL would no longer be able to represent their countries so we could do away with boring tournaments like the World Cup 22.5 million people in the UK watched the World Cup Final.

Finally the ESL would represent meritocracy, only the most deserving teams would be able to compete like Manchester City – who have won fewer English league titles than 7 other teams (2 of which play outside the Premier League.)

Bring on the ESL, it will be great

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