For the time being, twelve European clubs are officially part of the slingers. These are the six major English clubs (Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea), the three most successful Spanish clubs in recent years (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid) and three of the biggest Italian clubs (Juventus Turin, AC Milan, Inter Milan). Three other clubs will join this restricted circle of the 15 “founding clubs”, according to a press release from the new organization chaired by Florentino Pérez, the boss of Real Madrid.
No French or German club has yet joined the founders, Bayern Munich and Paris SG having not followed up, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. But “At least two French clubs” will compete in this Super League each season, according to a source close to the founding clubs.
To these 15 founding formations, will be added each season five “qualified” clubs via a system which remains to be specified. One of the hypotheses is for example that the winner of Ligue 1 can be qualified. That is to say 20 clubs entered per season, the first of which “will start as soon as possible”, according to the Super League. The latter also announced the upcoming launch of a women’s competition.
Each season, the 20 clubs will be divided into two groups of ten and will play, from August, round-trip matches, ie 18 dates for the first phase. The first three of each group will qualify for the quarter-finals, the last two tickets being distributed to the winners of the play-offs between 4th and 5th in each group.
As in the Champions League, the final phase will take place in two-way matches, except the final. The matches will take place during the week, said the Super League, thus entering into opposition with the Continental Club Cups (C1, C3) organized by UEFA.
To fulfill its objective of “generating additional resources for the whole football pyramid”, the Super League has mainly started by promising additional resources to its founding clubs. A jackpot of 3.5 billion euros will be distributed to the fifteen founding clubs, a windfall financed by the American bank JPMorgan. In the longer term, revenues “exceed (ront) 10 billion euros” over the period of engagement of clubs in the competition, advances the Super League.
The participating clubs will also undertake to respect a “regulated expenditure framework”. The big question for the coming months will be based on the amount promised by the future broadcasters of the competition, in an economic context of tightening TV rights. No distribution agreement was mentioned by the organization, nor any date for a possible future call for tenders.
The DAZN streaming platform, present in Germany and Italy in particular, was mentioned by the Italian daily Corriere dello Sport as being interested, but it told AFP that “neither DAZN nor (its owner, the billionaire) Len Blavatnik are in any way engaged or interested in entering into discussions regarding the launch of a Super League ”.
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