European Super League news begins 'the biggest poker game' in football history | ESPN FC 

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Sunday was a big step forward in the potential arrival of a European Super League. Twelve clubs released a unified statement late in the day announcing their intention to begin play in the new competition as soon as possible. The response has been universally negative, with statements from major footballing bodies vehemently condemning the potential league and even threats of players on those teams being barred from national team competitions. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti, Nedum Onuoha and Julien Laurens react to the news and examine the impact of a potential Super League.
0:00 The 12 teams currently committed to the competition are: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus.
0:18 Dan Thomas reads UEFA's statement cautioning potential entrants into the Super League that they could face banishment from other competitions.
0:59 Marcotti explains why the clubs interested in joining a Super League are not happy with the state of the UEFA Champions League.
3:19 Laurens says talk of a Super League feels different than it has in the past, and Sunday appears to be the start of an intense poker game between the parties involved.
4:47 Onuoha doesn't think the Super League will happen, but says he's not against powerful clubs pushing back against footballing bodies like FIFA and UEFA.
6:09 Marcotti says the poker is over, and he assesses what he calls a "philosophical issue" with clubs wanting to remain in their domestic leagues but also play in a breakaway competition.
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yasio bolo
yasio bolo 7 dagen geleden
Kroenke really expects me to PAY to see my team get absolutely destroyed on a weekly basis
ceerw buty
ceerw buty 8 dagen geleden
This reminds me of that Nike commercial where all the top footballers were copied into Perfect tactical cyborgs and it took the fun out of the game
kolim jone
kolim jone 9 dagen geleden
Proud to be a Dortmund fan today, especially. Not so proud to be a Chelsea supporter today
alida flus
alida flus 11 dagen geleden
Now Sevilla would have to win both UCL and Europa League.
yasio bolo
yasio bolo 7 dagen geleden
F. Skinner, another member of the Broad of Supervisors, commented, “Let’s stand up and be strong and say ‘stop it.’”
hoiy vinosa
hoiy vinosa 11 dagen geleden
As a bayern fan💟 I welcome you all friends.
ceerw buty
ceerw buty 8 dagen geleden
F. Skinner, another member of the Broad of Supervisors, commented, “Let’s stand up and be strong and say ‘stop it.’”
annag cocl
annag cocl 13 dagen geleden
We need to stand together against Super League. No matter which club you support
kolim jone
kolim jone 9 dagen geleden
It's already game over.
dolimi jotoo
dolimi jotoo 13 dagen geleden
Imagine this : ESL happens, the club's distribute money among themselves, and suddenly real Madrid and Barcelona begin a catfight over a certain sum of money. Disgrace
alida flus
alida flus 11 dagen geleden
I wonder how players and managers are reacting to this right now.
yuitr loing
yuitr loing 14 dagen geleden
The French guy is so French in his speech that I fell off my chair listening to his French accent.
hoiy vinosa
hoiy vinosa 11 dagen geleden
This is what happens when american companies and american sports culture gets involved in Football, hope people learn from this near disaster
Grassroots Football
Grassroots Football 14 dagen geleden
not only will they not get more money they might not be allowed in the comp next season and a points deduction.. they knew it hit or bust.. money was not the motive edit the streets doesn't forget nedum onouha supported this farce
misuyy fong
misuyy fong 14 dagen geleden
Leicester City Fan Here. Just here to Recruit Fans... 🦊
senni bgon
senni bgon 15 dagen geleden
mightyboy50 15 dagen geleden
I want to see a super league. I want to see the top teams fight for top 6. We will get to see amazing match up s vs top teams twice! Home and away. Champions sometimes u don't get to see ur dream match because it all depends who gets through the next round. In super league every single top team will play against each other twice to try to be in the top 6 and not only that super league also offers a knockout stage between those top 6 clubs and one true champion. This is the best entertainment anyone could ask from soccer!
Rex Longfellow
Rex Longfellow 15 dagen geleden
I'm sure Gab was thinking of Bayern and PSG when he was talking about the three. He must be gutted that they didn't betray their fans.😂
Ye ye Ass beard
Ye ye Ass beard 15 dagen geleden
I officially hate Chelsea now
Sreeda UM
Sreeda UM 15 dagen geleden
I don't support ESL at all, but I understand these clubs' need to recover from this great economic depression. UEFA must do something of a help bcz they are already in huge debts. And, as a Madridista I only wish my Presi and my team to not be termed as scapegoats.🤷 Viva Football 💙, Hala Madrid💜.
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zuygj bnsv 15 dagen geleden
Leicester City Fan Here. Just here to Recruit Fans... 🦊
mahartj 15 dagen geleden
they were bluffing ... and Uefa had a royal flush
Yellow 15 dagen geleden
Please don't try to call it the "AMERICAN Super League" that's really *F---D-UP. 1. American owners were three/3 out of the 12. _2. The fans in the MLS DIDN'T LIKE THE SUPER LEAGUE EITHER. WHY? they were aware of the origins of SOCCER/FOOTBALL as well._
Unit 17
Unit 17 15 dagen geleden
Let's have a European super league but don't include UK teams.
Grassroots Football
Grassroots Football 14 dagen geleden
@Unit 17 maybe mate but i think what they need to do is remember where they came from and why they are who they are and give back to the leagues who made them.. you should never bite the hand that feeds you and in the case of a superleague on the continent which still wouldn't be able to compete with the premier league, they would ruin the grassroots game set in structure on the continent for well over a hundred years.. and for what, more money.. money should never dictate a sport
Unit 17
Unit 17 14 dagen geleden
@Grassroots Football That's perfectly fine,however I still think Europe needs to push for a super league with its major football clubs.Maybe the Italians,Spanish,Dutch,Portuguese and us Belgians can work something out.
Grassroots Football
Grassroots Football 14 dagen geleden
suits the uk.. premier league would still be bigger hah
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kj gy 15 dagen geleden
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Victor Louis
Victor Louis 15 dagen geleden
It's already game over.
laskin riubn
laskin riubn 15 dagen geleden
I wonder how players and managers are reacting to this right now.
Ralof of Riverwood
Ralof of Riverwood 15 dagen geleden
This is what happens when american companies and american sports culture gets involved in Football, hope people learn from this near disaster
Blaž Mertelj
Blaž Mertelj 15 dagen geleden
This shows how big owners know how to do big decisions better than beaurocrats.
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Barmy Neddy 15 dagen geleden
Oh well, that was short lived
Paulo Silva
Paulo Silva 15 dagen geleden
Don´t whant this soccer league keep your weapons blood money.
sai vignesh
sai vignesh 15 dagen geleden
Recently my fav club was bayern for their performance but now im there forever fan for their character🔥
L W 16 dagen geleden
"The biggest pucker game"
Hadar1991 16 dagen geleden
I am kinda excited for Super League, but I am that inferior international fan who never was in person at Manchester City game. The one aspect I have problem with is that the founding members have guaranteed place in Super League. I would prefer that each year weakest 2-4 clubs would be relegated from Super League to Europa League and the best 2-4 clubs from Europa League advance to Super League. And domestic success only guarantee spot in the Europa League, so club must prove their self internationally before having the change of playing in Super League.
ForeRunner For Christ
ForeRunner For Christ 16 dagen geleden
Do away with champions league and create super league with relegation promotion system. All leagues involved in champions league promote top 3 teams to start super league to unite European soccer. Would be great. Just a lot of travel involved.
Ray Chau
Ray Chau 16 dagen geleden
From the owners perspective, its about cutting out the middle man - UEFA.
Prince Fidele
Prince Fidele 16 dagen geleden
people supporting FIFA and UEFA really shows how we've been brainwashed in a lot of things that we get used to it without considering anything that could even be better or different ,imagine if someone was getting the bigger part of your earnings ,i am sure if there is a way out none of us would hesitate , let us stop this nosense and hear first what ESL brings to the table before we even start bashing them , at the either UEFA,FIFA OR ESL they all want money if it was not nothing would be worrying for anyone
koliikho ko
koliikho ko 16 dagen geleden
If happened, most benefited team will be Arsenal
BG 16 dagen geleden
If the super league truly believes it can benefit the larger footballing hours mid with greater funds, it needs to show the breakup. I’m certain if the local federations receive more money from the Super league than from UEFA for their needs, the local federations will have a rethink.
Jerry Omwansa
Jerry Omwansa 16 dagen geleden
A united fan here considering Everton possibly
Wise Questions
Wise Questions 16 dagen geleden
Arsenal and Tottenham will fight to top the group from bottom😂
Big Dee
Big Dee 16 dagen geleden
Divide, conquer, distract
mit _
mit _ 16 dagen geleden
So the richest want more money so they can keep draining talent from all the average clubs in Europe.. and we are supposed to want that? The same industry that made the bigger clubs big, can build a new generation of big clubs. Let them leave and become globe trotters for the money.
TRON x 16 dagen geleden
GO TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM. We keep pointing the finger of greed at these clubs instead of these mercenary football players that are ruining the game with their high wage demands. Have a tier of earnings that is consistent for the game. If a play is world-class he can expect a certain amount and no more. It is that players and their agent ruining the game with their money-grabbing. These clubs have to find a way to make money or they bust. Simple as that. This Superleague is a byproduct of the greed that already exist in football. You can't pay Garth Bale £600k a week and think you can get away with it for too long.
xFallible 16 dagen geleden
Just a Zenit fan recruiting
Sourabh Chouhan
Sourabh Chouhan 16 dagen geleden
Now what's Arsenal gonna do?? Its just about money now, clubs with money - they will play against each other and some of the the don't even deserve to be there
Liam O'Donovan
Liam O'Donovan 16 dagen geleden
Yet to still hear one valid argument against the proposal....calling owners greedy doesn't count. What's wrong with watching the top 20 teams compete week in and week out.
Grassroots Football
Grassroots Football 14 dagen geleden
what gives them the right to change the clubs culture that has stood or over 100 years?
Jamezz007 16 dagen geleden
fek fek fek fek
guppy lovers
guppy lovers 16 dagen geleden
Because of money
Blake Se7en
Blake Se7en 16 dagen geleden
Arsenal have won more trophies all the other London clubs put together. Don’t blame the English six...blame the owners and also blame the stupid idiots in charge off English football for prostituting our clubs out to foreign buyers. You didn’t put up a fight then, so don’t just get involved when you are going to lose money...because money is all you are interested in only too. It won’t happen as it is a way to get a new financial deal with the other greedy gits at uefa!
Binay Shrestha
Binay Shrestha 16 dagen geleden
One would assume people are against the super league.yet when u read comments they r still making fun of another club. It is all about money.unless uefa get a cut from the profit esl makes they are against.the only thing we can do Stop buying their merchendise and game tickets after the covid epidemic is over.
Hannah montannah
Hannah montannah 16 dagen geleden
This is the worst disgusting movement recorded in history just because some greedy billionaires wanting more money destroying people hardwood over 100 of years1😔😔😔
Kevon B
Kevon B 16 dagen geleden
This super league would be great for all clubs .
Ajil Jagadeesh
Ajil Jagadeesh 16 dagen geleden
Most of the people doesnt understand that the true villains are UEFA in this sceanrio, all the clubs actually want is a better profit margin, which would benefit the smaller clubs in uefa, but them pushing it back to 2024 will only make it harder for these clubs, big clubs do lose a lot of money, they never said they wanted to quit the domestic leagues and never planned on making this exclusive forever just for the moment since its only the beginning, after a couple of seasons they plan on introducing other clubs to these competition which was clearly mentioned, why is UEFA against this league and not against cups such as the madrid cup or catalonia cup? because it generates very less profit, UEFA are being greedy here, the clubs just want to more revenue since its their players and popularity and fanbase that actually generates this money for UEFA themselves. UEFA are making it out seem like this will ruin football but it doesnt affect us fans. We get top notch matches every season that we get from uefa and the UCL will still happen and so will domestic leagues, Its just UEFA thats making the domestic leagues to ban these clubs and threatening to ban the players as well who has no say in this. Like what did the players do? Its the team management who decides this, and if a player is under contract, you cant just expect them to quit, unless they can secure a transfer and the lower ranking clubs wont have enough money to fund all these top players either. So banning players from representing that nations? Its just too much, UEFA are the villains. They dont wanna lose power so they are spreading hate, manipulating the fans and threatening players and coaches who has nothing to do with this.
Rami Ben Kemla
Rami Ben Kemla 16 dagen geleden
The 12 teams are not against playing in domestic and UEFA leagues. So solve ur problems with Uefa and Fifa, peasants.
Lagranarob -
Lagranarob - 16 dagen geleden
The Champions League have been favoring teams for many years , that's what's wrong. Although the teams favored are against it? Lol
irvin llanos
irvin llanos 16 dagen geleden
Ueffa game restriction on football is nothing compare to the free football in super Europe league
Siddhant Singh
Siddhant Singh 16 dagen geleden
Oblivious guy here..could someone explain why it is so bad?
Stanley Liew
Stanley Liew 16 dagen geleden
we support UNFAIR FFP to protect rich club, and we love stupid VAR. We don't want revolution, say NO to Europa Super League. we love the corruptions of UEFA and FIFA. we need more team in Champion league, so the player cannot rest and we can have more matches to watch, maybe 60 team. And please organize world cup in Siberia and Antarctica after Qatar world cup. all fans LOVE IT.
Duncannon 16 dagen geleden
Could someone from Europe explain why this is bad? From an American perspective, this makes the game easier for us to follow.
jorvega123 16 dagen geleden
Salary cap needed in European soccer to be fair play field.
J G 16 dagen geleden
Go to your local park support your park teams
G Jones
G Jones 16 dagen geleden
Its the international football thing that pisses me off the most. That's almost half the Wales squad missing from the Euros if this scumbag move goes ahead. They need to quit their clubs asap.
Corey Stinson
Corey Stinson 16 dagen geleden
Brian Lineekela
Brian Lineekela 16 dagen geleden
UEFA, FIFA; none are innocent
Dee Kay
Dee Kay 16 dagen geleden
What about Bayern Munich,and PSG
cqvio doli
cqvio doli 16 dagen geleden
50 years been a United supporter and this has actually brought tears to my eyes i will not be following Manchester United again i will be following FC UNITED
Fru Awung
Fru Awung 16 dagen geleden
No player will agree to sign in those clubs again
bayram efe
bayram efe 16 dagen geleden
Let Barca and Real play matches every week.American wrestling uuuuuhahahahaaaaaaaa
lu na
lu na 16 dagen geleden
Stupid question but can someone explain why this is really bad? They will still play in their domestic league no? A bit confused at the outrage
Cool Daddy
Cool Daddy 16 dagen geleden
UEFA are a joke and it is because of their mishandling of soccer that we have come to this. What have Juventus, AC Milan, Inter, Arsenal, Spurs, Man City done in Europe to be thought of as elite. Chelsea are only slightly better. Time to return the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE to a proper champions competition and give automatic group stage places to actual champions. In this way, teams from smaller populated countries can earn money to develop themselves.
James Ruscheinski
James Ruscheinski 16 dagen geleden
If Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea were to be dropped from Champion League semifinals on account of Super League, would the teams that lost to them in quarterfinal take their place, and if any of those teams also dropped (i.e. Liverpool), would then go back to team that lost to them in round of 16?
J&J Travels
J&J Travels 16 dagen geleden
Let's give it a try shall we.
Barton Seagrave
Barton Seagrave 16 dagen geleden
Where will they source their new players from.
Carlos Isaac
Carlos Isaac 16 dagen geleden
No psg
Elliot Pavitt
Elliot Pavitt 16 dagen geleden
Arsenal are gonna get their backs blown out in 4K
Elliot Pavitt
Elliot Pavitt 16 dagen geleden
Big teams on this list: Man United Liverpool Chelsea Real Madrid Barcelona Atletico Madrid Inter AC Milan Juventus Who tf invited Arsenal & Tottenham to get piped every weekend ? 😂😭 As for City they should be banned from the UCL as it is let alone because of the ESL
trent jenkins
trent jenkins 16 dagen geleden
Big capitilist dont like efficient competition, they say they do but genuine competition reduces profits. what they really like is markets rigged in their favour. Thats where the big money is.
A Hamzinho
A Hamzinho 16 dagen geleden
Wow there’s a lot of Americans here
simon greenwood
simon greenwood 16 dagen geleden
Football is a business but these owners seem to be forgett8ng the fans are there customers, and no customers means no business, up the dale
SGS SUGANN 16 dagen geleden
I didn't think a day like this will come in football this is an absolute disgrace.
phixion. 16 dagen geleden
I can't help but feel this American guy is a snake. I can't help feeling he's been an instigator through this. (from an analyst and advisory roll) I can't help feeling he knew before this all kicked off, And is going to line his pockets from this.
B Dlamini
B Dlamini 16 dagen geleden
We have to understand that Messi earns 500k a week. For him to leave that wage on a matter of principle is a huge financial risk to him and his family. He won't for example leave Barca over this decision.
Andre Holmes
Andre Holmes 16 dagen geleden
Gabbs blinking always kills me 🤣
B Dlamini
B Dlamini 16 dagen geleden
This essentially knocks out la Liga. No one will watch it the same
rod chichester
rod chichester 16 dagen geleden
UEFA is just angry because the super league will take money out of their pocket.
rishi Patel
rishi Patel 16 dagen geleden
European super league will not happen❤️😘
_Max Smiet_
_Max Smiet_ 16 dagen geleden
Guys join Bayern - you are welcome With open arms
Akhil Koundal
Akhil Koundal 16 dagen geleden
Money league
Shane Price
Shane Price 16 dagen geleden
What I want to know is if VAR will get the axe? It has ruined the game, can't even celebrate goals anymore without waiting to see if it was taken away
Epic One
Epic One 16 dagen geleden
Uefa is corrupt that’s why they want to do there own thing
Loris Cicchino
Loris Cicchino 16 dagen geleden
It’s rubbish!
Kevin B
Kevin B 16 dagen geleden
Man U fan here, and I'm saying kick them all out of their respective national league. No team(s), and I mean team(s) are bigger than their league. Clubs come and go, but football must live on
Blue Fantasy
Blue Fantasy 16 dagen geleden
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Ramin Arezou
Ramin Arezou 16 dagen geleden
Okay guys, they are gonna make the super league, YOU will watch it. We all know it
gigi giggio
gigi giggio 16 dagen geleden
In the Italian media there have been rumors that ESPN/Disney is the prospective broadcasting partner for this Superleague. Others such as Amazon have refuted any involvement in it. Fans should keep this in mind when considering views from ESPN since they have a potential conflict of interest.
Jonathan Landeros
Jonathan Landeros 16 dagen geleden
I see fans supporting new clubs close to their area, or even a few starting a new club with some financial backing. I don't see European fans following their original teams as they join the super league....
MA LUO 16 dagen geleden
We should have a more objective report about UEFA and ESL. The history, transparency, and the detailed plan of ESL, why should UEFA has to control the football.
FunnyTvShows 16 dagen geleden
If this does come into action, why in the world would new upcoming players wanna join this garbage? It's better to sign with a club that's not as big as these are but at at least you'll be free to play and win more than 1 cup.
The Real
The Real 16 dagen geleden
Respect to bayern and psg ,can't believe as a barca fan ,barcelona really dropped down its moral status. Footballers today are playing just for money ,not for enjoyment
ROHINI KOTKAR 16 dagen geleden
Means all the best clubs will always play with each other. I am agree with this option - ESL👍👍
BATpixi 16 dagen geleden
I don't care for this new league. But if you deny the players the chance to play for their national teams, then you are also the problem and loose all respect. This is like punishing unions workers cause of something the CEO decided.
Kevin Colt
Kevin Colt 16 dagen geleden
UEFA pretending they have ANY power over big clubs. Big clubs: "We dont play ANY more UEFA games" Big clubs: "We make our own league" UEFA: ... Next UEFA league will be championship clubs.
Kevin Colt
Kevin Colt 16 dagen geleden
Theres nothing to fight. If some players dont wanna play in super league, they are welcome to leave and go play in lower teams. Super league clubs dont give a dam if X player leaves.. all best teams are in the super league.. No player will care about UEFA.
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