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Dear MEL Topic Readers,
The European Super League was three years in making. It took 48 hours to unravel
The European Super League (ESL), was a proposed annual club football competition to be contested by twenty prominent European football clubs. It was supposed to be formed by 15 permanent founding member clubs and five other qualified European football clubs for each season. It was intended to depart from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League which is competed by 32 teams each year. After three years of planning and under-table negotiations, the new elite club league was announced on April 18 but survived only two days because of the heavy and wide criticisms across Europe, including the fans of those founding and other clubs, media of all types, and political bodies and leaders of European countries. The ESL concept seemed to have missed what makes football so important for fans and people in Europe. Indeed, it is the fans that make the professional football league exists, not for the greed and pride of the club owners. Instant and fierce criticisms and protests made the club owners realize what mistake they had made all almost overnight., and all but two clubs admitted their withdrawal from the ESL.
A hard lesson is learned. Sport is business for those who make money from it, but fans are the ones that create the business. Though the fire was extinguished, the ash and remains will stay on the club owners’ faces for a while.
Enjoy reading the article and learn about the recent ESL fiasco.