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    Kyle Bainbridge: Will European Super League only benefit the rich clubs?

    FIFA's alleged new proposal of a new 'European Super League' which is reported to be set up by 2021 has sparked much controversy within the football community.

    Fans have expressed their concerns with most suggesting it could be the end of football as we know it.

    But what is the European Super League and will it succeed or fail?

    The hypothetical new European Super League would consist of 16 teams split into 4 groups of 4 teams with the top 2 teams from each group advancing to the knockout stages.

    This would likely replace the current UEFA Champions League but unlike the Champions League, it will only include selected clubs rather than those who qualify through their domestic leagues.

    The teams that have been reported to be the founding members are Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Juventus, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and the team that is reportedly the head runner of the operation along with FIFA, Real Madrid.

    It is also alleged to be prepared to feature guest clubs rumoured to be Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Roma and Marseille. 

    The founding members of this alleged new competition will however not face relegation for at least 20 years. Which is the main cause for an uproar with those who are against this proposal. It would mean that even if these selected clubs were to fail year after year and struggle to adapt against the big clubs they will still be regarded as an elite club competing in this 'Super League'. 

    FIFA have also reportedly suggested a Club World Cup to generate more revenue for clubs which would favour the richer clubs more than it would the lesser off clubs as they will be first pick to join this format. Which for years now fans have been protesting against the money involved in football which is hardly surprising considering how teams compare with money to those who haven't got the wealth as others. 

    But what about those clubs who chase European football and succeed at doing so during the domestic season?

    It is not clear yet as to how this will effect the domestic leagues. When you look back at the 2015/16 season when Leicester City did the unthinkable and won the Premier League at 5000/1 odds. The following season they were playing at Europe's highest level, the Champions League.

    This was the reward for hard work and determination, which wouldn't guarantee them a spot in the European Super League, if the new proposal went through. It seems that rather than having to be the best in their respective leagues, they need to be a super power or household name, even if they don't do well in their domestic leagues, to be involved within the competition. 

    Rather than having 4 separate groups of 4 teams, it should be made into a league format only of 16 clubs where they play each other twice and as any other league the top club will be champions with the bottom 4 playing in a relegation playoff. In the format of groups, not all teams will play each other. 

    Another thing to add, it seems to be following a similar format to that of the UEFA Nations League where they make the competition a level playing field with the bigger clubs competing with each other as opposed to playing minnows and comfortably winning. 

    If the competition adapts to a few things, than it could have the makings of a great competition but as it is being rumoured to be laid out, it doesn't look like succeeding. As it stands, it will favour the rich and powerful. 

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