Joan Laporta asks when the European Super League will start

Joan Laporta asks when the European Super League will start

Joan Laporta asks when the European Super League will start

Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes that the European Super League will start in just two years, even if there are no Premier League teams.

In April 2021, England’s ‘big six’, along with several of Europe’s biggest clubs, decided to part ways with UEFA and create their own competition.

Instantly fans hated the idea, even those who support the six England teams that were going to take part in the tournament, and fans protested off the pitch, even during the Covid lockdowns.

Eventually, only Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Juventus were left out of the original 16 teams who wanted to escape, and they actually stay.

The group are currently embroiled in legal wrangling with UEFA, with a recent ruling in favor of the European governing body, and allowing them to ban any team or player who attempts a breakaway.

Despite this, Laporta is adamant that it will all happen in 2025 and believes English teams could still join eventually.

“I think there will be a Super League,” he told Cadena SER.

“I wouldn’t have entered into this project if it wasn’t open competition and it had been accepted by Real Madrid, Juventus and other clubs that haven’t shown their faces yet but are very interested in this competition.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez (left) and Laporta (right) are two of only three club bosses left in the competition.  Image: Alamy
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez (left) and Laporta (right) are two of only three club bosses left in the competition. Image: Alamy

Speaking about the ongoing appeals against the recent court ruling, he added: “[The Super League] will be a reality in 2025, if the resolution is favorable.

“If the judgment, which I believe will not happen because what is called into question is the defense of free competition within the framework of the EU, and I believe that it will be won.”

On the possibility of English teams participating, he continued: “Initially what we will have is a European competition that will compete with the Premier League. I don’t think the English teams will come in first. .

“We want them to come in and there is a lot of communication with English clubs Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham. All of these clubs, most of which are for sale and some have already been sold, are interested.

“The state leagues would be continued and this will end with a merger between the European Super League and the Premier [League].”

Chelsea fans protest against the Super League.  Image: Alamy
Chelsea fans protest against the Super League. Image: Alamy

Perez said Premier League teams had been “forced” to withdraw and “no one” could do anything against the Super League.

Despite his age, Perez was telling everyone that young people no longer wanted to watch 90 minutes of football.

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