Sunday, May 9

Why the European Super League can benefit the public in Latin America and Africa

  • Fernando Duarte
  • BBC World Service

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi in action during the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League group stage

Image source, Getty Images


The ability to watch the top teams and players clash more frequently is appealing to some international fans.

The announcement of the creation of a Super League with 12 of the most powerful clubs in Europe has caused a strong controversy not only on the continent, but in globalized football.

The plans of the so-called “greats of Europe” have been criticized by fans, former players and even politicians such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The voices against the project have made more noise than those in favor. But the idea of ​​there being more games and more frequently between the giants of European football is perhaps not bad news, especially for fans outside of Europe.

According to the controversial proposal “European Super League” (ESL), the founding members – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Atlético de Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus – will have a permanent place in the tournament, which would begin in August 2022.

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