Alexander Ceferin says defeating the Super League was “the most important victory” in 2021


UEFA President Alexander Ceferin has claimed that defeating the proposed Super League was the governing body’s biggest victory in 2021.

Europe’s elite clubs tried to join a new competition in April 2021, but the announcement was met with widespread and immediate criticism, with fans hating the competition’s elitism and closed character.

Almost all teams quickly announced their withdrawals after serious public backlash. There is still a need to revise the football calendar – with plans for a World Cup every two years gaining momentum – but Ceferin says the rejection of the Super League was an important moment.

He wrote on UEFA’s website: “Over the last 12 months, every member of our community has made a significant contribution to these successes – national clubs, players, domestic leagues, clubs, coaches, match officials, fans, our partners and the media.

“But our most important achievement deserves more recognition – to protect the European sports model that guides the mission of UEFA, its affiliates and countless other sports organizations. Based on a pyramid structure that connects grassroots football at the bottom with elite clubs at the top, the model works on a double premise. Professional competitions are not only reinvested throughout the game, clubs are also promoted or relegated on sporting merits.

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The unfortunate attempt in April last year to launch a closed ‘super league’, which only focused on filling bank accounts in a few clubs, threatened values ​​that are at the very heart of the European sports model and UEFA’s mission. Its downfall, driven by political and popular condemnation from across the continent, was our most important, shared victory in 2021.

“I would like to express my personal gratitude to each and every one of you for standing up to UEFA in such a challenging moment. Your support has ensured that all our achievements, in the coming years, will continue to build a sustainable future for football in Europe.”

Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Juventus are still keen to create a new competition in Europe, but given the cruelty with which the idea was rejected by fans, it is difficult to see how it would be realized.

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