2018-11-04 18:00:10 UTC
So if reports are to be believed, <https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/nov/02/five-english-clubs-named-in-super-league-plan-chelsea-manchester-city-united-arsenal-liverpool> <https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46078651> the long mooted European Super League may soon be a reality.
The plan is for 11 founding teams with guaranteed membership for 20 years. These would be supported by 5 guest teams to make a 16 team competition with a group stage and knockout round.
This all sounds remarkably similar to Euroleague Basketball, which also has 11 members with long term licenses, with the remaining 5 spots allocated on a season by season basis. The Guardian article linked above suggests a second division is being considered. This is also something Euroleague Basketball does, it runs the EuroCup as its second tier competition. Even the proposal to register the football Super League in Spain mirrors Euroleague Basketball being based in Barcelona.
The alleged 11 founding teams are:
Paris St Germain
The initial five guest teams are alleged to be:
Atletico de Madrid
What, then, would be the impact on UEFA competitions should this Super League get off the ground? Should UEFA prevent Super League teams from competing in its competitions, the remarkable similarity of this proposal to Euroleague Basketball allows to take a glimpse into the future. In basketball, having the richest, best supported and most successful teams effectively cordoned off in either the Euroleague or EuroCup has left the FIBA (World Basketball's governing body) Champions League as a third tier tournament contested by champions of the more middle-ranking nations and mid-table sides from the better ranked nations. Could you imagine the last eight of the UEFA Champions League being Red Bull Salzburg, Girona, AEK Athens, Everton, Young Boys, Torino, Red Star Belgrade and SC Freiburg? Would it be sustainable?