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Report: Somehow, The Super League Might Be Back On

Report: Somehow, The Super League Might Be Back On

Everyone's favourite sporting cash grab is back - it would appear that, after plenty of revisions, the European Super League is raring its head once more.

Reports from across Europe have suggested that original leaders Real Madrid, Juventus, and Barcelona have made changes to their original proposals to make the concept more appealing to fans across Europe.

The Super League is back - and looks dramatically different

Wirtschaftswoke, a German business news agency, have released leaked documents suggesting that the original leaders of the Super League have drastically amended the proposals and are preparing for a second launch of the "ESL" in due course.

Before its spectacular demise in April, the original concept for the Super League received a huge backlash, mainly due to its money-grabbing nature, which sought to do away with the concept of fair competition.

The original concept saw the 12 "founder" clubs (Real, Barca, Juve, Atletico Madrid, Inter, Milan, Man United, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Spurs) guaranteed their place in the league every single year, with multiple games across the course of a traditional season.

Now, the adapted proposals have suggested that the league would have no clubs guaranteed to qualify, with the size of the league expanded to 20 and a second division of the same size. Qualification would be determined by performance in domestic leagues - the proposals quote a vague concept of "equitable" distribution of places.

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There will also be a reduction in the number of games per year - and one particular detail might help to win fans over to the concept.

The organisers of the Super League supposedly want to aggressively cap ticket prices, as well as financially aiding fans who travel to away games across Europe.

It's plain to see that the original proponents of the Super League are desperate to break away from UEFA's ruling, and it's surely no coincidence that both iterations of the concept have come in a year where UEFA announced their proposals for a new format to the Champions League from 2024 onwards.

We imagine that these proposals will give Florentino Perez and co. a slightly better chance of achieving their nefarious dreams, but it remains difficult to see this as anything other than a cash-grab from Europe's richest clubs.

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