A short while after Milan huffed and puffed to a victory against Genoa at the San Siro, the New York Times broke a sensational story that the Super League – which has been on the horizon before – was coming to fruition.
Naturally social media descended into chaos, opinions split and a lot of debating took place in the last 24 hours. As Milan fans it might become confusing whether to be in support of such an idea or whether to write it off, so we have compiled a short breakdown…
Financial Fair Play
The main reason why Milan’s rise back to the top has been/is being delayed is FFP. Although Milan have owners with adequate capital, UEFA’s rules prevent the American fund Elliott Management from investing. The liquidity of the fund means that the club could return to the top quickly which you may want to back, and if so you can get all infos about Ladbrokes withdrawals here.
However this rule has not been applied in a uniform manner to all. Clubs like Manchester City, PSG and Barcelona – who are in a mountain of debt as against Milan’s minimal debt – spend €100-200m year on year with no sanctions from the ‘FFP watchdog’. If the Super League idea goes forward, FFP will be removed and Milan could invest into good upcoming players just like the days of Berlusconi.
Structural changes and stagnation
Within the current system of Serie A, no Italian club earns enough money to challenge the truly elite in Europe. Juventus earn the biggest amount in Italy but they are not even in top 10 richest clubs in the world, and it shows how Italian football is far behind commercially. If Milan are to ever circumvent FFP and challenge for the top with a stagnant league structure and extensive red tapeism in the FIGC, this is the opportunity.
With clubs projected to receive €3.5bn to split between them in the first year along, it would in theory give capital to help Milan and Inter to build a new stadium and have a good management structure and good team on and off the pitch.
Development of youth
With Milan having money to invest, they can finally put money in the Primavera and develop players and bring in the best players in the world through the famous academy. The Primavera feels like it has stagnated in recent years with a limited number of young players making the jump, and they even got relegated to the second tier before bouncing back up.
To summarise, there is a lot of aversion to the idea with UEFA trying every measure to regain its monopoly on the premier competition in Europe – that is the Champions League.
The tools are there to benefit the clubs involved, but it would alienate the smaller clubs and the huge funnel of money to such teams would die, so clubs not in the Super League could find it hard as the competitions they are in are no longer as attractive.
It has to be speculated that the 12 founding members are more interested in using the Super League as a tool to gain certain powers while UEFA plans to reform the current tournament format.
The bottom line is that there seems to be no good in this fight, only evil. UEFA are an inefficient organisation that are rife with corruption and FFP is a failing system, while their Champions League reform isn’t a million miles away from a ‘Super League’ anyway. There is greed across the board, and the next few days and weeks could very well be a ‘big bang’ moment for football.