Andrea Agnelli holds talks with Cristiano Ronaldo over European Super League masterplan


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What is the Super League?

The Super League would be a 20-team league made up of 15 permanent members with the remaining five members of the league comprised of teams which qualified through domestic European League competition. CBSSports.comEuropean Super League explained: What is it? Teams in and out, FIFA, UEFA, Premier League reax, latest updates

Why is there a European Super League?

The European Super League was created "to save football", says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. Real are one of the 12 European clubs who have signed up to the breakaway league and intend to establish a new midweek competition. bbc.comEuropean Super League created to 'save football' - Real Madrid president Florentino Perez

Which clubs are in the European Super League?

How would the European Super League work? Six English clubs - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham - have signed up to the league. They would join Spanish sides Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona and Italian clubs AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan. bbc.comEuropean Super League: 'No action off the table' over breakaway group - No 10

Who is the owner of European Super League?

Real Madrid is organised as a registered association, meaning it is owned by the members who elect a club president. That president is currently Florentino Perez, who is the new chairman of the European Super League. talkSPORT.comEuropean Super League owners – including the Glazers at Man United to Arsenal’s Stan Kroenke and John Hen...

Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has addressed Cristiano Ronaldo and other members of the Juventus squad over his European Super League proposals.

Agnelli played a key role in establishing the new competition set up by Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan, along with the Premier League's 'Big Six' and three Spanish clubs.

The Italian businessman stepped down from his senior roles with the European Club Association and UEFA Executive Committee to take up the position of vice-chairman of the Super League on Sunday night.

This prompted bitter backlash from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who labelled Agnelli "the biggest disappointment of all" for orchestrating the breakaway.

But Agnelli has continued to go about his business unfazed by Ceferin's threats, and Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo provided an insight into his Super League presentation to the squad on Tuesday.

While the Portugal legend has scored 31 goals in 36 appearances, Juve are poised to lose their Serie A crown after a disappointing season which leaves them fourth, 13 points behind leaders Inter Milan.

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Rummenigge sends message to Florentino: "What you have to do is reduce costs" - Football Espana

Football Espana 20 April, 2021 - 12:49pm

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The earthquake that is the Super League has given a lot of credit in the eyes of many to the Bundesliga and Bayern Munich according to Diario AS. At the time of writing, no German club wants to be part of the elite competition created by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. This is similar to the beginning of the pandemic, when the Bundesliga was the first to return to action after developing a health and safety plan before any other of the European leagues.

“You have to generate more income,” Florentino said in his interview with El Chiringuito last night. “What you have to do is reduce costs,” was Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s response. The latter’s club is debt-free and in good financial health, to such a degree it paid the €346m that the Allianz Arena cost the club 16 years ahead of schedule. Bayern are a superb example of financial management, to such a degree that they were able to refute an invitation to the Super League.

This has been achieved in part by deals with Audi, Allianz and Telekom for 24.99% of its shares, or €277m, as well as a deal with Qatar’s state airline worth around €10m per season. They did this to alleviate the billionaire debts the Super League’s founding clubs are now seeking to reduce. Not that they’re whiter than white. Bayern are one of the key drivers of the Champions League reforms, which, while living with a more ethical face, are still being enacted with the ambition of making money.

But for Bayern, operating in a country where fans are more than mere paying customers, breaking away from their domestic pyramid is a step too far. “FC Bayern stands in solidarity with the Bundesliga,” Rummenigge said. “It was and always is a great pleasure for us to be able to play in the Champions League as a representative of Germany. For FC Bayern, the Champions League is the best club competition in the world.”

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Juventus, AC Milan and Inter should be thrown out of Serie A for Super League plans, says Italian coaching chief | 20 April, 2021 - 12:40pm

The boss of the Italian coaching federation has called for Juventus, AC Milan and Inter to be thrown out of Serie A as punishment for their involvement in the Super League.

Renzo Ulivieri, president of the Associazione Italiana Allenatori Calcio, has accused the three clubs of "a dirty trick" after they were revealed as being among the 12 founding members of the breakaway competition which has caused outrage among the football world.

Juve, Inter and Milan, along with six Premier League clubs and three Liga sides, have announced they intend to form a new competition which has been widely regarded as a direct challenge to national leagues and the Champions League.

Ulivieri told Rai Radio 1: "It is a dirty trick against the football system, even at the lower levels, designed to save teams that have done everything wrong in the management of the clubs.

"This is a serious blow to the national championships. Juventus, Inter and Milan cannot continue to stay in Serie A.

"Juve have won many championships because they organised themselves better, because they spent more money, but also because they made a lot of debts."

Juve, Milan and Inter were among the clubs confirmed for the new competition, and would be permanent members of the big-money tournament, guaranteed annual payouts while also planning to keep playing in Serie A.

However a backlash has followed the announcement, with opposition from fans, national associations, politicians and even some players and coaches from clubs involved.

The Premier League has "unanimously and vigorously rejected" proposals and is planning to take action against the six sides from the English top-flight that have signed up.

However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez - with Los Blancos being one of the 12 teams - has dismissed threats of bans and repercussions and insisted they will press ahead with plans to launch in August this year.

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Pirlo: Agnelli has spoken with Juventus players about Super League

Black & White & Read All Over 20 April, 2021 - 11:00am

Coach’s comments ahead of midweek game against Parma

The race for the Scudetto continues meanwhile behind the scenes, with a round of midweek games and coach Andrea Pirlo spoke to the media today during his pre-match press conference. Unsurprisingly, the first question was about the whole fiasco.

“We are focused, the present for us is the qualification for the Champions League. The President spoke to the team about this project today. We know he is the first row for this thing [the Super League], but I am not the most suitable person to talk about it. There is the President in the first row who is organizing it.

“This morning, Agnelli explained to us what the project is about, but he didn’t go into details. He told us that the most important thing is to focus on the present.

“Agnelli has always been very close to the team, I speak to him after every game, the club’s offices are just around the corner here, he’s always been close to us. The players must remain calm, it’s just a project, and football goes ahead.”

Juve are clinging on to a Champions League spot, sitting in fourth-place two points ahead of Napoli but two points behind Atalanta now after losing in Bergamo over the weekend.

“The team is feeling quite well. We are recovering from Sunday’s game. I am planning a few changes, but I am not going to rotate the team much.

“We are only focused on the game against Parma. We know we are not going through a great moment, but we must have the best possible approach.”

Pirlo provided a squad update as well, saying Cristiano Ronaldo would return against Parma, but Federico Chiesa is going to be out for some time.

“Ronaldo and Buffon will play, and I think Dybala too. He must play to recover his best condition, the Atalanta game was really tough, but I believe he put down a good performance.

“Chiesa has had a muscle problem, and we are going to assess him in the coming days. He’s been an important player for us this season, but it’s not the first time we are missing an important player, so we are going to replace him.”

AC Milan Could Net 200-300 Million From Joining European Super League As Threat Of UEFA Bans Grow

The Offside 20 April, 2021 - 10:30am

The ESL seems anti-competitive but would be a gold mine for the founding clubs.

Sky Italia via are reporting that the three clubs want to remain in Serie A and there will be a follow up dialogue today. The ESL would be a midweek competition for elite clubs to go head to head.

Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain have been offered the final three founding positions in the ESL as per Der Spiegel.

Reuters have confirmed that American banking giant JP Morgan will be backing the project by providing debt financing worth 3.5 billion euros to the founding clubs to spend on infrastructure. Each club would receive 200-300 million euros each as a welcome bonus.

Financial Times are reporting that the ESL organisers have held talks with a number of broadcasters and are looking to close deals with Amazon, Facebook, Disney and Sky over rights.

La Repubblica via Calcio Mercato are reporting that three Serie A clubs asked for Milan, Inter and Juventus to be excluded from the Serie A this season given their desire to join the ESL.

FIFPRO have stated that they will oppose the ESL. UEFA and FIFA are opposing it too and threatening clubs, players and managers with bans and exclusions. Lega Serie A are also opposed to the ESL.

Andrea Agnelli won’t return Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s phone calls

Bavarian Football Works 20 April, 2021 - 07:45am

Football world is in a mess after the European Super League was announced.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Andrea Agnelli have known each other for a long time and are in a good relationship. But after the news of creating the ESL emerged, Rummenigge tried to call Agnelli, but Juve’s chairman doesn’t return his calls.

Bayern Munich’s CEO said in an interview with Calciomercato: “I wanted to talk to Agnelli, but I couldn’t get him on the phone. I don’t know his motives, and I don’t want to criticize him without knowing them. Perhaps there is a reason that I do not know.”

Rummenigge also added that Bayern is happy playing in the Bundesliga and will remain in the Champions League competition. “We don’t forget the responsibility towards our fans, who are generally against such a reform. And we also feel a responsibility to football in general.”

In the end, Bayern officially refused to join the Super League, which is very good to hear, and it’s also good that Bayern’s front office finally declared Bayern’s position on the matter.

The Old Lady Speaks Podcast, Episode 45: Super Size Me

Black & White & Read All Over 20 April, 2021 - 05:30am

The news of the creation of the European Super League made Juventus dropping more points in the race for a Champions League spot — whatever that may mean now — seem like a very minor blip on the radar.

Juventus’ loss to Atalanta was no longer the story.

Juventus’ future and what that will look like, along with every other big club in Europe, was THE story. And then the next story. And then the next story. And then the next story.

The Super League is here. Or it’s at least as close as it has ever been to becoming a thing, and it’s completely taken over what started as a disappointing day with Juve dropping points in a last-minute loss to Atalanta. Juve’s latest loss became minor blip on the radar as compared to what happened later in the day, right before Sunday officially became Monday in Italy. One of the biggest stories in the history of the sport is now right in front of us, and then man who is at the top of the Juventus food chain, Andrea Agnelli, is one of the major players in the changing landscape in European football.

Behold, what is likely to be the first of many discussions about Juventus, the Super League, how the two are intertwined and what the hell is going to happen in Italy, Europe and the game as a whole because of it.

On this week’s episode of The Lady Speaks, we discuss the following:

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