Dusseldorf, Germany— To many people’s surprise, there are no two heavyweights from the continent: Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain in the new UEFA Super League project.
The finalists of the last Champions League did not belong to one of the 12 clubs organized by the European football elite. The European Football Elite Organization announced the establishment of the Super League on Sunday.
If Bayern wants to defend the interests of joining the rebels, it will face strong opposition from fans and partners, and have a majority of voices in the club’s management.
At the same time, the Qatar consortium, which owns PSG, is unwilling to participate in a motion that may undermine the World Cup in Qatar next year, as well as the broadcasting rights agreement reached with UEFA in the event of a European civil war.
The Premier League kicked off with a team of 12 clubs from England, Spain and Italy, leaving 3 seats for the other founding members, who will get lifetime seats in the game. Bayern, PSG and Borussia Dortmund sound like a good fit.
Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Karl-Heinz Rummenigge) is about to return to the UEFA Executive Committee on Tuesday-one of the club’s representatives also hinted that the Bundesliga teams do not want to betray the traditional structure of European football.
It was proposed to use Rummenigge’s name instead of Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, who is the president of the European Club Association. Agnelli resigned as ECA chairman on Monday and resigned from UEFA after the announcement of the Chinese Super League plan.
In a statement from Germany, both Dortmund and Bayern rejected the Super League and expressed support for reforming the current format of the UEFA Champions League.
Both clubs are part of the ECA board of directors, and an emergency meeting was held on Sunday after the Superliga club representatives were disbanded. Since Agnelli took office as President in 2017, Rummenigge has served as the Honorary Director of ECA.
Bayern coach Hansi Flick also rejected the Chinese Super League: “This is not a good thing for European football,” he said.
For the Super League, the regulation of German football is a problem. This is the 50+1 clause, which stipulates that in order to obtain permission to play in the Bundesliga, the club must have its own majority of voting rights.
Other fan groups in England opposed the project, but they had little influence on the club’s decision-making. The Premier League is waiting for the completion of the election process for the presidency of Real Madrid and Barcelona before the plan is announced.
In theory, German fans can prevent their clubs from participating in matches. Bayern members have 75% control in the company that runs the club. The rest is in the hands of the sponsor.
Even the current positions of Bayern and Dortmund-expanding the current UEFA Champions League to play more games-have been rejected among German fans.
The Chinese Super League also made Qatar determined that Europeans are willing to participate in the next World Cup. PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi maintains good relations within UEFA and has a place in its executive committee. He is also the director of the Qatar channel beIN, which holds championship rights in many parts of the world.