According to Le Parisien, the capital club is a stakeholder in the semi-closed European league project.
The European Super League? A sea serpent that resurfaces regularly in the world of football, year after year. And that is already a reality in basketball with the Euroleague. This time, it seems that the big clubs of the Old Continent are more determined than ever, Paris Saint-Germain in the lead. The champion of France would even be one of the 15 “founding members”, as reported The Parisian, with six English clubs (Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham), three residents of the Spanish Liga (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid), three Italian teams (Juventus Turin, Inter Milan and AC Milan ) and two German clubs (Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund). Lyon, Marseille or Monaco should thus fight to be part of the five clubs that will be invited to the party each year.
A competition worth more than 4 billion euros
At least if the project comes to an end, which would be a “dream” for Parisian leaders, we say in the columns of the daily Ile-de-France, recalling that Paris is careful not to confirm it. It must be said that the sums mentioned here and there make you dizzy. According to the indiscretions of the agency AP, the 15 founding members would share a cake of at least 3.5 billion euros, with 350 million for each of the first six. In total, this dissident competition would weigh more than 4 billion euros, promises the American agency, with two groups of ten and the first four of each pool qualified for the play-offs. Or 18 matches guaranteed for each team, 23 for the two finalists. While football is – like many sectors of activity – hit hard by the economic crisis linked to Covid-19, these amounts cannot leave the clubs concerned indifferent. And especially by PSG, which expects more than € 200 million of losses in 2020-21 to believe The team.
In Paris, we would also see this European Super League as a golden opportunity for other reasons, sporting those. “At PSG, many consider Ligue 1 not competitive enough, within a football (Federation and LFP) that it considers poorly organized and poorly managed”, we assure you, still in The Parisian. And to add that “leaving the French championship would not necessarily be viewed with a negative eye in Paris”.
Leaving Ligue 1? This is probably not the first idea of the Parisian leaders. Moreover, and until further notice, the project provides for matches in the middle of the week, leaving the weekend at the domestic championships. But the continental and intercontinental authorities will undoubtedly use all possible threats to bend the recalcitrant when the time comes. As the international basketball federation (Fiba) has threatened clubs and national federations in recent years to make a dent in the Euroleague, with the success that we know …
“Any club or player participating in such a competition would be refused the right to participate in any competition organized by FIFA or its confederation”
Presidents of FIFA and the six continental confederations
In fact, the threats are there. Gianni Infantino (FIFA president), Cheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (AFC), Constant Omari (CAF), Vittorio Montagliani (Concacaf), Alejandro Domínguez (CONMEBOL), Lambert Maltock (OFC) and Aleksander Ceferin (UEFA) co-signed on Thursday last this press release: “Any club or player competing in such a competition would be refused the right to participate in any competition organized by FIFA or its confederation.” Clearly, no World Cup, Euro or Copa America for players from rebellious clubs.
To see if the bosses of world football would go to the end in this process. The great pundits of international and continental basketball have finally refused, and the Euroleague continues under the nose and beard of the authorities, even allowing itself not to release its players for international windows during the season, to the image of the NBA elsewhere. In any case, we imagine that a private World Cup for players participating in this Super League would clearly lose its interest. FIFA will therefore have to be careful before waving the atomic bomb… Provided that these sanctions are legal. In the meantime, the TV rights for European competitions go until 2024. After that date, the flood?