Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez, is at it again after he has called Europe’s biggest clubs to come together and start a Super League. Perez’s comments have caused outrage within football communities because if his calls are acted upon it will mean the destruction of established leagues across Europe.
Perez has been in the headlines all summer long because of his outrageous spending of money on a small group of players that have recently arrived in the Spanish capital. Just as English fans may have been thinking that they weren’t going to read about this man again for the next few days, he rears his ugly head.
His idea is quite simple but it would destroy more than one league. Perez wants to hold effectively a permanent Champions League, meaning that the top two or three sides from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain would all go off and play each other every single week in order for an over all prize. The problem means that these teams would have to leave the league of the country they play in and this would not be well accepted.
Really prestigious leagues such as the Premier League and La Liga would be forced to restructure and although the idea of a European Super League may be tempting and quite lucrative, it is this, which may be holding any thing from ever happening back.
Perez said: “We have to agree a new European Super League which guarantees that the best always play the best – something that does not happen in the Champions League.”
For the fortunate few that would be involved in a new league, they would be silly not to support it. The advantages of such a league are huge. Firstly there is the fact that the fans of each club would be able to travel around Europe on a constant basis, meeting new opposition fans and being able to experience beautiful cities that they would not have had access to before.
There is also the added factor of money that is always important in modern football. Television and media rights packages to show this new league would produce figures that have never been seen before, which in turn would put a larger amount back into the pocket of the clubs involved.
Thirdly, there is the respect that the players at these top clubs would be playing against a better class of opposition all of the time. This would mean that there personal levels of performance would increase and this can only be beneficial for the national teams, which will draw even closer as a result.
So the argument is there and it is a good one but when you weigh in the disadvantages you start to see the cracks that would be very difficult to replace. Firslty there would be the distruction of top flight leagues upon which a lot does depend. For example, restructuring the Premier League could mean that the Football League in England is completely changed to cope.
This would have to be done because if it isn’t it would only mean that the gap between the very top clubs and those trying to make a name for themselves would only increase even further, meaning that it would become virtually impossible for some sides to ever have a chance of getting Premier League or Super League football.
You also need to consider the viability of fans travelling large distances each week and the strain this would place upon the authorities of various countries. If this was not properly considered then it could result in a lot of violence from a small bunch of hooligans that are taking advantage of an inefficient new league to go around Europe expressing their dominance through violence and territory. Barcelona v Liverpool could become the new West Ham v Millwall.
Perez did promise big changes when he was up for election for the Madrid presidency but the billionaire clearly needs to have a sit down and rest his head for a little bit. He may well be getting carried away with the fact that he is physically having an impact on the power shift in Europe. When you sign the best players in the world and money is no object it would take a special person not to be buoyed by this and try to develop an idea in another area.
However, just because Real Madrid can spend hundreds of millions of Euros on one or two players does not mean that Perez can go about trying to change football completely. Someone at FIFA should maybe get on the phone and have a chat with him for a little bit before he gets too carried away and thinks up ideas such as using two footballs in a match or something similarly mad.
In essence, it is a very good idea that could develop at some point in the future, but this point will not come for a long time. The leagues of each country would not allow it to happen and it would take something special for a Super League to be up and running within the next decade. The beauty of football is that you slug it out in the domestic leagues each week before having a special European night against another team that you would otherwise not play. It is these type of strange beauties that people in football value so much more and is just another reason why a Super League may not happen.
When you are at the very top of the game it is easy to try and make predictions and come out with statements that you believe will help to take the game forward but what Perez is not thinking about is how League One or League Two teams in England would cope when the Premier League is changed because there will obviously be a knock on effect. If someone somewhere can come up with a package that suits and helps all involved then there is no reason why a Super League cannot happen soon.