Wow, a shakeup for sure. That image is a bit misleading as to membership. Apparently it's still a fluid situation but:
Real Madrid, Barca
Man. United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs
Juventus, AC Milan, Inter
At least two others, with a host of other clubs interested but not yet invited. I see a report that the plan is for 20 teams.
Invited but not yet agreed:
Man. City, PSG, Bayern, Dortmund
A group led by Juventus, Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid has agreed in principle on a plan that would upend the sport’s structures and economics.www.nytimes.com
Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs have signed up to the breakaway plan which is likely to cause a huge uproar among the top brass in Europe.www.dailymail.co.uk
MILAN (Reuters) -Italy's Serie A called an emergency board meeting on Sunday after a newspaper report on a breakaway European Super League, two league sources said. The meeting comes ahead of Monday's UEFA executive committee at which plans to expand and reform the Champions League, changing...uk.news.yahoo.com
So a super league of sorts but not sure how this will play out
Statement by UEFA, the English Football Association, the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), LaLiga, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A | Inside UEFAEurope's football website, UEFA.com, is the official site of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, and the governing body of football in Europe. UEFA organises some of the most famous and prestigious football competitions on the European continent including the UEFA Champions...www.uefa.com
Yeah, I'm not clear if this super league would just replace the Champions League or if it would replace these teams' participation in their domestic leagues. If it's just a replacement for Champions League, I think it's probably a good thing and I can see why big teams want to get more of the money they generate in the Champions League and want to guarantee participation.
See that makes me even more suspicious of the response from the leagues. If it's just a summer league then why do they care?
Player exposure (injuries) would be one reason. The very real possibility of the league becoming popular and actually expanding would be another.
FIFA is as corrupt an organization as there is (maybe even moreso than the NFL) but I do believe they hold the cards here. For better or worse I don't think this league has a chance of happening....we will see...