News about the European Super League was the rave of the weekend and the move has gathered pace despite strong opposition from UEFA, FIFA, and other domestic leagues.
The formation of the ESL was announced by 12 top European clubs on Sunday but Bayern Munich have distanced themselves from the competition thus far.
Meanwhile, the 12 clubs that have signed up for the European Super League thus far are Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and AC Milan.
The Germans are not part of the 12 founding members and according to The Athletic UK, they and Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain have not given any backing to the idea and no clubs in Germany have joined the Super League yet.
Regardless, the idea of the ESL has attracted a lot of criticism due to the format of the competition. The format will affect the competitiveness in the domestic leagues as founding members will be permanent in the ESL, while the other five teams will have to be invited.
Regardless, Bayern have not hidden their disapproval of the idea of ESL in the past.
The Bundesliga and DFB also released strong statements on Sunday to condemn the idea of the 12 clubs. Meanwhile, UEFA and FIFA have warned that there will be consequences for players and clubs that will feature in the ESL.
The proposal by the ESL reportedly includes 15 founding members of the competition. Therefore, three more clubs will need to join for the idea to materialize.
Bayern are the biggest club in Germany and one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Therefore, it would come as no surprise if they are being courted by the ESL.
Despite Bayern’s current disapproval of the idea, it won’t be a major surprise if they make a U-turn and decide to join the ESL in the future, considering how they went back on their decision regarding sponsorship deals with Qatar.
It has been noted that the idea of ESL will favor the greed of owners as a lot of money will be distributed amongst them.
The commencement of the competition will also affect proceedings in the transfer market as players would opt for a more lucrative tournament.
The elite club competitions in Europe such as the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League will also offer lesser attraction to players if the European Super League materializes.