Bayern Munich chairman Rummenigge wants a Super League, but who would be invited?
The idea of an European Super League has always been an exciting prospect; now, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revived the thought.
He had this to say: “You can’t rule out that, in the future, we could create a European league with the major clubs from Italy, Germany, England, Spain and France, under the umbrella of UEFA or a private organisation.”
Rummenigge’s proposal would include “20 teams” with some matches played in “America of Asia”.
In light of Rummenigge’s comments, Andrea Agnelli, Juventus President, highlighted the monetary benefits of such a league: ” [it must] make people think about the untapped potential regarding the format of current football competitions.”
So, hypothetically, which teams would be included in the league?
Football, much to the lamentation of fans worldwide, has become a sport run by money: this new league would be no different, and would only propagate such financial dependence.
Thus, the ‘European Super League’, would have to include the most valuable teams from across Europe.
Using data collected by Forbes, the twenty most valuable clubs in Europe are, in order: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Juventus, AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, PSG, Tottenham Hotspur, Schalke 04, Inter Milan, Aletico Madrid, Napoli, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Galatasaray.
You would, consequently, have to concede that these teams would be accepted into this hypothetical league.
However, the league would, based on the above data, include some noticeable admissions: Villarreal, Sevilla, Valencia, Roma, Fiorentina, Lazio, Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach. All of the aforementioned teams have rich history, and have considerable experience in the Champions League.
Although the idea of a Super League is a thrilling possibility, it will probably remain just that. The ramifications for clubs that aren’t included in the league, regardless of their stature, would be detrimental – financially, the current Premier League would no longer be viable, and many clubs who rely on the monetary resource the league provides would face administration. Serie A, La Liga and the Bundesliga would experience a familiar story.
Mouth-watering games such as Bayern Munich vs Barcelona and Manchester United vs Real Madrid will remain in the Champions League, and not become a regular fixture.
There’s no doubting it would be a thoroughly interesting league, however.