The Super League and why it Failed
In my opinion, the Super League idea was not a good one and little wonder, it died fews days after its ideation. There are already too many football competitions both at the domestic levels and at the international level. Introducing another competition that would have involved same teams, which are already competing in these numerous tournaments would have been uncalled for.
Not to mention the fact that this proposed Super League appeared to be less competitive looking at the way it was being structured. Inasmuch as monetary profits would have been made by the founding team as well as participating team, it would have in some ways affected the performance of some players in more important, rewarding and competitive football competitions like their domestic leagues and international tournaments like the Champions League/ Europa League.
The new European Super League was initiated by Andrea Agnelli who happens to be the current president of Juventus. The competition was immediately written off and frown at by the football community as its sole essence was money, greed and it was structured to negatively impact the existing Champions League. More so, it was said that the new European Super League would generate more money than the existing Champions League and would result in a greater distribution of revenue throughout the game.
The League Structure
Below is how the new Super League was being structured. Firstly, the league would have included 20 football teams. Inside these 20 football teams would have included 12 teams referred to as "founding members", three unnamed clubs they expect to join soon, and five sides who qualify annually according to their domestic achievements. The 12 founding teams were Juventus, Ac Milan, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea. These were the teams that agreed to join the competition and fans of these teams showed their disapproval via protests and tweets.
According to the news, the new European Super League was scheduled to begin in August every year inclusive of midweek fixtures. You can only imagine the stress involved remembering that each of these players/ teams will be playing in their local leagues. On the whole, it would have had the same structure as the Champions League.
Such competition was being condemned by UEFA and other football governing bodies because it was uncalled for as well as sabotaging the existing competitions. UEFA went as far as threatening to ban any of its team that would participate in the Super League. This saw many of the founding teams of the new Super League exit such competition. All hope of the competition being alive was lost when the six English Premier League sides decided to not be members again.
Conclusively, I'm glad the proposed super league didn't work out because it would have hindered the smooth-running of existing competitions. It would have also brought about some disagreements in the entire football community and that would not have been good to the sports entirely. Instead of introducing ideas that would bring about division in the sports, ideas that would foster development of the game should be nurtured and adopted.