After the rumors, the confirmation came. At the end of Sunday night, 12 European clubs issued a press release in which they revealed their intention to create the European Premier League.
Florentino Perez (Real Madrid) is the president of this competition, assisted by Andrea Agnelli (Juventus) and Joel Glazer (Manchester United). Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham are the other founding members, and three others will not be known yet.
The 12 founding clubs represent billions of fans and 99 European trophies. We are all together at a critical moment, in order to design a competition to fight for sustainable football in the long term, to increase solidarity and give fans and amateur football players a range of exciting games, which will increase the passion for the game, ”revealed Andrea Agnelli, President of Juventus Club and“ Deputy “European Super League.”
On the same note, the look of this competition was revealed:
– 20 clubs, 15 founders guarantee a permanent place and five designated places through qualification;
– The games are held in the middle of the week so as not to disturb the local competitions;
The race will start in August, with two groups of 10 teams, to be played in two rounds. The top three qualify directly to the quarter-finals, while the fourth and fifth will compete for last place in a playoff match. This will be followed by a phase that must be eliminated, with the final match to be played in May, on a neutral stadium.
There is still no date to announce the first edition, with the event being held in discussion with UEFA and FIFA to overcome the current differences and put the competition into action.
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Rob Harris (RobHarris) April 18, 2021