A year after the Super League, the foot business is as usual – a bullet in the leg

The broad movement that forced the twelve putschist clubs to shelve their private league project had no future.

A year after the fiasco of the “launch” of the Super League by a dozen conspirators, in the middle of the night, in the atmosphere of a coup, what is left of the wave of indignation, of the unanimous renunciation of former opposites? So little that this front of failure seems like a mirage.

Despite the fact that the main promoters of the Super League – the leaders of Juventus, Real Madrid and Barca – are thrown back, they have not abandoned their project. They appealed to the Court of Justice of the European Union in the hope of putting an end to the monopoly of federations and confederations on the organization of competitions. An earthquake that will judge Bosman for a joke.

Leeds United players jersey 20 April 2021: Champions League: Deserved (photo DR).

Enlightened by the scale of their failure, they also revised their message and their project in an attempt to make it more acceptable, i.e. introducing a dose of up-down while maintaining its main goals: to secure and increase their income by continuing to eradicate sports hazards, ensuring the sustainability of their economic and sporting dominance.

Announced in early March as inevitable, the presentation of the new version has not yet taken place. Andrea Agnelli, president of Juventus (since expelled from C1 by Villarreal), confirmed that eleven of the twelve members of the Super League still have a contract with the organization – only Inter would have violated it in favor of a termination clause.


What has UEFA done after decades of capitulation to this lobby with the exceptionally favorable balance of power that emerged from the April 2021 episode? Nothing but maintaining conflicting political relations with the separatists, defending – from compromise to compromise – the narrowest understanding of their interests, the share of power remaining to him.

We forget that on the very day of the Super League coup d’état, the European Confederation introduced its Champions League reform from 2024: a vague and hypertrophied formula adding 100 matches per season (from 125 to 225). and not only highlights the excesses of the queen of competition.

A bonus will be given to even the richest clubs if they fail to qualify through their championships despite the exorbitant number of places already allocated to the strongest of them: two invitations will be reserved for them for the “merits” of their UEFA Coefficient. A way to keep half of the empty seats in the Big Four, despite the transition to 36 teams.

UEFA not only failed to learn the lessons of the crisis and did not make its own diagnosis of rising inequality, but also introduced new financial fair play rules. Suspended due to the pandemic, it returned in a lite version, demonstrating an inability to introduce truly binding rules: salary ceiling minimum, a doubling of the authorized deficit and the very rejection of the term fair game…


Meanwhile, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, hailed as the white knight of fair football for his legitimacy during the Super League crisis, which earned him the favor of UEFA, has solidified his position of power in the eyes of the authorities – even at the head of them is S. ECA, of which he became president, succeeding Andrea Agnelli, who retired.

PSG President presented in an interview Athletichis vision of football: the Super Bowling Champions League final, the Final 4-style European Super Cup moved outside of Europe, temporary arrangements to better reach Asia and America, the endless search for new revenue.

European football thus continues its flight forward, it even accelerates, in general indifference. Because when Fans Supporters Europe launches the beneficial European Citizens’ Initiative, End
Superleague”, urging the EU to legislate the specifics of sports activities, to allow the implementation of real rules, he is answered by the depressing silence of the media.

Of them. Here is the number of specialized media devoted to this initiative in France: SoFoot and Football notebooks. The silence of the rest, if confirmed, will have the meaning of the clarity and content of the confession: great indignant and moralistic editorials in their time, but nothing, strictly nothing behind.


Indeed, in these sports media there are journalists who are aware of and deplore the events in football, but those with editorial power are only willing to offer themselves satisfaction. player opponents – or simply hypocrites if they buy into these developments without having the courage to defend them.

After all, should we blame them for anything other than their demagogy? They considered that in fact the extreme liberalization of football has no real opponents or few.

After a few days of excitement over the collapse of the Superleague, we could see signs of a general cognitive dissonance. For example, when, without a shadow of a reserve, PSG hit hard in the summer transfer window or the return of the Champions League pseudo-summits.

This is business as usual. Oligarchic football of hyperclubs that monopolize most of the resources to perpetuate their hegemony, this spectacular and globalized football has prevailed, perhaps because it is too attractive and because it easily ensures our complacency.

Because battles were not fought in time, fatalism, the best ally of all excesses, took possession of the minds of the people. The future of this sport is still not a political issue. Today football fans have the football they deserve, they also deserve even worse football that lies ahead.