The three rebel clubs in the European Super League – Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus – are planning a new effort to replace the elite UEFA Champions League competition, according to German magazine Spiegel.
In April this year, a separatist group of 12 clubs briefly sent shockwaves to European football through their short-lived attempt to establish a new elite competition – Super League. It was designed to fight the power of UEFA, the governing body of European football.
Within 48 hours the coup was cut short when nine clubs – Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur – withdrew due to fierce protests from fans, players, politicians, and organizations.
However, Spiegel reports that the rest of the rebel clubs – Real, Barcelona, and Juventus – are working with two consulting agencies on their next attempt to launch a “Super League 2.0”. The source suggests it saw a 10-page document titled “Preparing the Way for the European Super League: Rebuilding, Reset and Winning Strategy”.
It sets out a campaign to win over other top clubs and prominent personalities such as politicians, stakeholders and journalists. The strategy presents different scenarios for a new competition, such as a Super League 1, which includes 20 clubs to replace the Champions League, and a Super League 2, which also includes 20 clubs instead of the Europa League. It would be promotion and relegation between the two leagues.