In the end, fans, coaches and football players killed the Super League. Opponents of the plan benefited from the fact that when reporters dug up and released these plans, the plan was half completed, including the New York Times, which put the Super League in trouble. Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez, Manchester United’s Ed Woodward and other club leaders leading the project have secured funding for JPMorgan Chase, but have not yet Obtain a TV broadcasting contract or improve the structure of the game. Esquire wondered what the new trophy was called, it should have attracted everyone.
The launch of the project is only at a stage where its true priority can be truly felt-to provide more funding for the world’s largest club-so it is clear that showing fans a better product is a secondary issue. The lack of seeking support from players and coaches also shows that their interests are not the main concern. Organizers behind closed doors may cover up their stories and present them to the public in a brilliant way.
However, in order to stop the Chinese Super League, fans of previously opposed clubs need to unite on a large scale to resist. Chelsea fans showed their best. They blocked the bus at the entrance of Stamford Bridge before the Premier League game on Tuesday. . They directly called on Chelsea’s Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich to withdraw from the project, and the club did so in the evening. They have received the help of many players and coaches, who defend competition and sports talents, and oppose privilege and greed. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson organized a meeting of the captains of England’s major clubs, which signaled that the players will soon rebel.
Soon, public information about the best football players began to appear. The 14 clubs in the English Premier League (which have not won a place in the Premier League) also organized a joint resistance movement. Once the British dominoes began to fall, all six Premier League players gave up the Premier League on Tuesday night, which paralyzed the league and suffered a disastrous defeat. However, the damage has been caused. The taste left in the mouths of fans of these clubs goes far beyond that, and the price they pay even exceeds the sporting dignity of the institutions they value and respect-spending their time and space to enjoy Mourinho appropriately ( Jose Mourinho) fell.
This project may inevitably come back. These are multinational oligarchs and large, financially poorly operated organizations that need funding, which in itself is the definition of unstoppable power. So far, they have encountered an insurmountable obstacle. In addition to the early announcement of the plan and the full resistance of cultural participants in the game, part of the reason for this inactivity is of course the true shareholder status enjoyed by most German fans.
Ultimately, this may be crucial to the fact that the founder of the self-proclaimed league comes from only three leagues: the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga and the Italian Serie A. When the club went public on Sunday after the Times reported, none of them were from the French or German leagues. There is no Paris Saint-Germain finalist last season, nor Bayern Munich, the 2020 European champion, and one of the great men in history. The status of PSG is interesting because it belongs to the State of Qatar, the royal family of Qatar, but this is not an obstacle. Manchester City is owned by the Abu Dhabi royal family and still belongs to the creator of the Super League, although it was one of the first leagues to give up along with Chelsea. But PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi is a member of the Uefa Executive Committee, which organizes the Champions League, and this game is most threatened by the emergence of the Super League. There is still a lot of money running around the current hierarchy. There are very few selfless heroes in modern professional football, so PSG estimates that he is satisfied with his current state, or feels that the wind is blowing against the Super League from the beginning. And try to choose the winning side. For whatever reason, PSG has withdrawn from the Super League.
The German club opposed this idea in principle. The largest clubs, in fact almost all German clubs with the highest level of competition, are owned by fans. This is a rule. According to the 50+1 rule, German Bundesliga clubs are basically prohibited from having a majority party, which is the practice in England and Italy. In Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid are under the control of the fans, but because the club’s financial situation is so poor, the club leaders actively follow the guaranteed income of the Super League. It is unclear what the fans’ attitudes are.
In rare cases, large amounts of money are invested, and most importantly, people who have time in Germany can request an exemption from this rule. But Bayern and Hyundai’s second largest German team Borussia Dortmund (Borussia Dortmund) are controlled by the fans. They elected a president to run the club. They never thought about joining the Super League, and they came out of this fiasco much more than that. They look very glorious.
Not only in this case. Three years ago, the official Bundesliga website had a 50+1 system, and it was correct at the time. Ticket prices for German clubs are surprisingly low, so attendance is high. This creates an extraordinary atmosphere in the stadium, such as the famous Die Gelbe Wanda (yellow wall) in Detmund’s Signal Iduna Park. German clubs are generally financially healthier than their main competitors in other countries.
The Bundesliga attributed it to the 50 + 1 rule: “Basically, this means that private investors cannot take over the club and it is possible to promote profit-making measures according to the wishes of the fans. The rule also protects the owners of Lure and maintains The democratic customs of the German club.”
This rule reflects the German tradition of operating the club as a non-profit organization under the supervision of its members. When certain private property was allowed in 1998, the 50+1 rule was introduced to retain the basic principle of the non-profit era, that is, the club is a cultural institution belonging to the fan community, and they invested time, energy, money and life in the club. they. They should not become machines that produce consumers. Yes, clubs are companies, but even large companies can exist, and their purpose is not just to create more capital.
This is also true in Germany. The Super League is largely an American invention, not just to turn the club into a franchise goal that is not sensitive to the consequences of poor stadium performance. The project is led by American owners who want to impose the Milton Friedman style on the American corporate governance of these purchased European institutions. The more money, the more guaranteed cash flow. They just want to hear this. The most important thing is that there is no interest, no fans, no players, no coaches, no other clubs.
To make matters worse, the Super League clubs seem to be trying to use the destruction of the economic pandemic to carry out some kind of catastrophic capitalism, using their scale and power to devour everyone around them in a chaotic situation. Countries like Germany and Japan usually choose different corporate governance models. In this model, employees occupy the board of directors, union membership is common, and executives accept it as a compensating force. Therefore, with it, The situation becomes healthier. Collectivism is a correction of direction.
Because of all this, there have been rumors that the United Kingdom will require English clubs to adopt the 50+1 rule, because the Conservative and Labor parties believe that football should be better regulated. For the United States, this is a guiding moment. The United States has been fighting for a monopoly and an oligarchic political economy for some time. If you allow more people in an organization with more different roles to have a specific say in decision-making, it is likely to bring healthier results for the organization and the surrounding communities (and environment) in which it operates. It can save us from feeling discomfort. Or we can simply ask Stan Kroenke to do everything he wants to do and see how it affects our people.