May 11, 2021

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Liverpool FC CONFIRM they have agreed to join new “European Super League” – Liverpool FC


Liverool FC have CONFIRMED that they are part of a breakaway of 12 European clubs to form a new ‘Super League’ who have agreed to establish a midweek competition, governed by their founding clubs.

These “founding clubs” are Liverpool, along with AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, ​​Inter Milan, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham.

Three more clubs will join to form 15 founding members – who cannot be removed from the “Super League”.

Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and PSG have reportedly been invited as founding members.

A statement from Liverpool FC – and all other ‘founding clubs’ – reads:

The Liverpool Football Club can confirm that we have joined the main European clubs by agreeing to form a new competition, the European Super League.

A joint statement issued by the 12 founding clubs can be found below, with additional information made available in due course.

We are committed to working with all stakeholders, especially supporters, as the competition plans develop.

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 FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, ​​FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF 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.

Competition format

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 be played as a single match at a neutral venue.

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 Pérez, president of Real Madrid CF 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. “

Manchester United co-president and Super League vice-president Joel Glazer 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 support. increased funding for the football pyramid at large. ”

  • As a ‘founding member’, Liverpool would qualify every season
  • LFC reportedly given € 350m to participate in the competition

It is reported that Juventus have left the Association of European Clubs and that its chairman Andrea Agnelli has resigned from the UEFA executive committee.

Other reports state that UEFA will ban all clubs and players participating in the Super League from all competitions at European and international level.

A new website for “The Super League” claims “the best clubs, the best players, every week.”

“The Super League is a new European competition between 20 big clubs comprising 15 founders and 5 annual qualifiers. There will be two groups of 10 clubs each, playing home and away matches within the group each year. By bringing together the best clubs and the best players in the world, the Super League will deliver excitement and drama never before seen in football. “

“The Super League is a new European competition between 20 big clubs comprising 15 founders and 5 annual qualifiers. There will be two groups of 10 clubs each, playing home and away matches within the group each year. By bringing together the best clubs and the best players in the world, the Super League will deliver excitement and drama never before seen in football. “

“The matches will be played in the middle of the week and all the clubs will remain in their national leagues.”

“Solidarity payments will increase with league revenue and are expected to exceed € 10 billion during the founders’ initial commitment period. These solidarity payments will follow a new model with full transparency and regular public reporting. “