FC Barcelona President Reveals Super League Plans Are Very Much Alive- ‘A Way to Save European Football’

Published 04/03/2022, 4:00 PM EDT
Soccer Football – FC Barcelona unveil Dani Alves – 1899 Auditorium, Barcelona, Spain – November 17, 2021 FC Barcelona’s Dani Alves poses with president Joan Laporta, vice president Rafael Yuste and director of football Mateu Alemany during the unveiling REUTERS/Albert Gea

FC Barcelona fans are really happy this season with the way things are moving forward with the club. President Joan Laporta has made several decisions that have benefitted the club, and the appointment of Xavi in the managerial role has turned out to be a masterclass.

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However, there was one blight on that outstanding record, the formation of the European Super League. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was the one who came up with the idea, and Barca and Atletico Madrid were the first teams to join.

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FC Barcelona will join the European Super League again

One by one, several Italian and Premier League clubs joined the project and the league almost grew to 15 teams. However, there was a lot of backlash from fans of all clubs who didn’t want the competition to materialize. In the end, all of the clubs gave in and the plan was dropped.

However, it looks like the European Super League is here again after Laporta spoke about it in an interview. He revealed that the project is being promoted along with Florentino Perez and that it would save European football.

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It’s moving forward. We are promoting the project together with Florentino Perez, with whom I speak often. It is a way to save European football,” Laporta said.

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The Spaniard did mention that they were going to change the format of the competition and don’t want to destroy any domestic leagues. Moreover, he also added that clubs like Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain have no competition in the terms of money, and the other clubs want to fight against that.

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We cannot allow European football to be in the hands of states that do not belong to the European Union. It is clear that [Manchester] City and PSG have a money-making machine, and we are fighting against that,” he added.

It’ll be interesting to see how the fans will react to the proposal now after vehemently opposing it just one year ago, but it looks like the European Super League isn’t going anywhere.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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