Wandering European Super League! Barça Real Madrid are not going to fight UEFA, short-term interests are key
Two years ago, led by Real Madrid and Barcelona, the Premier League BIG6, Serie A North 3, plus Atletico Madrid, a total of 12 giant teams announced that they would participate in the European Super League.
Unexpectedly, it didn't take long for the Premier League top 6 to choose to withdraw, and soon only Barca, Real Madrid and Juve were left to "hold their ground". Two years later, when the Serie A old woman officially announced the start of the withdrawal process, UEFA's various breaking policies were a great success.
01. The reason for the birth of the European Super League: European giants are short of money
a. Lack of money has become the reason why big teams run the European Super League
The reason for the birth of the European Super League is to further expand the European competition with UEFA, seeking to give more opportunities for small national teams, so that more spectators can integrate into the big plate of European football.
Such an approach is not so easy to accept for the big teams in European football after 2020. After all, many teams have been suspended before and caused salary arrears and cash flow problems, and they are eager to recover their income as soon as possible and open up more revenue channels.
The essence of the European Super League is to concentrate the entire European income on those 12-15 giant teams, and at the same time set entry thresholds to "solidify the class" of European football.
Such an approach will naturally cause dissatisfaction among many teams and shake the foundations of the league of European powers. After all, reaching the Champions League or Europa League through league rankings is the basis for Europe's top leagues to guarantee daily appeal and stimulate competition.
b. Big6 quickly withdraws & Premier League white paper cuts off future risks
After the announcement of the European Super League, FIFA, UEFA and the remaining 14 teams in the Premier League, as well as the British government, immediately expressed strong opposition.
Such an attitude led the Premier League BIG6 team to announce its withdrawal from the European Premier League just 2 days later.
The reason for this is simple, for Premier League teams, the league's dividends and earnings are not even less than the Champions League (the dividends of the big teams are mostly higher than the Champions League revenue).
Once the foundation of the league is shaken and the Premier League is resisted, the losses of the BIG6 team will outweigh the gains. After all, the Premier League has become a special platform, and from their warnings, it is better than UEFA.
Following Manchester City's successive penalties, UEFA and the Premier League attacked one after another, but in the end, they were raised high and gently lowered, which did not allow Manchester City to suffer real losses.
But in the process, other big clubs will further understand that staying away from the European Premier League can bring better and stable development.
In particular, the release of the white paper by the Premier League has fundamentally blocked the possibility of teams on this platform joining the European Super League.
Coupled with Manchester City's trible victory, their financial owners have fulfilled their original goals and dreams. Manchester City, which has become a model for giants in the new era, naturally does not need to go far and chase the European Super League, which has too much uncertainty.
02. European Super League giants play Europa League! Is this the reason for Juve's exit?
a. The European Super League cannot be carried out, but the road to the Champions League is getting more and more difficult
After the withdrawal of the six giants of the Premier League, Inter and AC Milan in Serie A, as well as Atletico Madrid in La Liga, also bid farewell to the European Premier League, resulting in only Real Madrid, Barca and Juve still "holding their ground".
But soon, these three giants will also find themselves slowly "narrowing the road".
Whether by chance or by accident, Barca and Juve have encountered a lot of trouble in the European competition after announcing their entry into the European Premier League.
Last season, both teams were out of the group stage and could only reach the Europa League. In particular, Barça have missed the Champions League knockout stage for two consecutive seasons, which has brought huge financial losses to the team.
Especially in the key match between Barca and Inter, the red and blue team once scored an equaliser, but blew off a handball from Fathi, and the goal was invalidated. According to the rules, after the rebound, it touches the hand of the attacking player, and then the teammate completes the shot, which should be a good ball.
In addition, in the final moments of the game, Fati and Dumfries fought for a header to land, and the latter had a more pronounced handball. In the case of VAR, it is disputed how much this penalty was missed.
Two chances, but once a correct penalty, Barca can not say that they can reverse away from home, at least get a draw, may also change the result of Inter reaching the Champions League final.
b. Grab the pigtail: "Just die"
Barca and Juve were anxious to participate in the European Premier League because the team lacked money. As a result, the European Premier League could not be carried out, and the team's problems were not solved, but the external environment became worse.
On Juve's side, the "salary cut" negotiated with the players proved to be a deferred payment, and subsequent payments were not recorded, causing serious problems.
The Turin headquarters was raided, points were deducted from Serie A for financial fraud, and the club's top management was banned for a long time, which made the original Serie A 9-game champion even miss European competition next season.
As a listed company, Juve had to choose to change in the face of successive scandals and blows. Agnelli's farewell, Calvo, who was opposed to him, came to power, and then announced the start of the legal process to withdraw from the European Premier League, which was also a natural result.
03. Real Madrid and Barcelona: How long can it last
A. Barça's 2 years: really bitter
On Barca's side, there is also no shortage of "special care" from La Liga and UEFA. In addition to two controversial penalties in Meazza and being ignored after Dembele was fouled in the box at the Allianz Arena (0-0 at the time), and more importantly, the Champions League group stage draw for two consecutive years, all in the same group as Bayern.
Perhaps next season, the red and blue team, who are seeded as La Liga champions, can expect a good signing, provided UEFA does not "strike again".
Coupled with the Neguerera case, from La Liga to UEFA, it has put Barca under great pressure. The incident itself is very ambiguous, and at the same time more like an "unspoken rule of the industry", which ultimately did not penalize Barca, but had a great impact on the reputation of the team.
From Manchester City, Juve to Barca, they have all encountered investigations by their home leagues and UEFA, taking up a lot of resources and energy of the team, and even the problems are long existing, but they are "targeted" at this point in time.
Because of the failure of Messi's contract extension and return, Barca encountered a lot of criticism, and additional negative news put the team under more pressure.
This has a potential impact on sponsors, and although the current market is a recovery situation, Barça still has the possibility of sponsors defaulting on payments or defaulting on payments for various reasons.
b. Real Madrid is not clean either? It's not easy to quit the European Premier League
Although Real Madrid have developed better than Juve and Barca in the past two years, they also have their own problems.
Because in the financial report, an expense of up to 122 million euros was classified as "other operating expenses", but it was not explained, which was questioned and may be blamed.
It turns out that since the 2017-18 financial year, Real Madrid signed an agreement with the US private equity group Providence: to sell future sponsorship proceeds to obtain current cash, and to renew the contract in the 2019-20 season.
This is similar to Barca's "leverage", it is worth noting that the money for cooperation is from the United States capital.
Including the future activity revenue of the new Bernabeu, it also received an early cash flow of $360 million through the partnership with Sixth Street. Real Madrid then introduced Sixth Street to Barca, with whom they reached an agreement to acquire the assets.
Even behind the sound of Barca's new chest sponsor, there is also Sixth Street investment. It can be seen that the reason why the Western Super League Duoxiong insists on not withdrawing from the European Super League, in addition to the limitation of liquidated damages in the contract itself, is also the reason why they have long been deeply bound to US capital.
The essence of the European Premier League is a business, by concentrating limited resources on the best 12-15 teams in European football. However, for the long-term sustainability of European football, neither UEFA nor the national leagues will allow this to happen.
Those top giants also understand the truth and are just playing for their own interests. Do Real Madrid and Barca really believe the European Premier League will succeed? Perhaps they also hope to get more immediate benefits from American capital.