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European Super League Suffers Setback as Juventus Returns to ECA

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European Super League Suffers Setback as Juventus Returns to ECA

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The European Super League faced a significant setback as Juventus reversed course, opting to rejoin the European Club Association (ECA) after initially supporting the breakaway competition alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The ECA, representing 600 teams, staunchly opposes the Super League concept.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, ECA chairman, welcomed Juventus back, emphasizing their storied history and urging others to follow suit.

Meanwhile, Madrid and Barcelona remain isolated in their pursuit of the Super League, which previously failed due to fan protests.

Despite opposition from Europe’s leading clubs, Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez persists in advocating for the breakaway.

The Court of Justice of the European Union’s ruling against UEFA and FIFA’s interference bolstered Perez’s position.

However, his proposal lacks broad support among top clubs.

The Super League organizers, led by Perez, envisioned the competition as a means to enhance European football.

Yet, the absence of widespread backing and vehement fan opposition undermined its viability.

Originally, 12 elite clubs, including Juventus, signaled intent to form the Super League, guaranteeing protection from relegation for 15 teams in a 20-team setup.

However, Juventus, Real Madrid, and Barcelona are now the lone proponents, with Juventus being the latest to withdraw last year.

Al-Khelaifi urged Madrid and Barcelona to reconsider, arguing against a Super League primarily consisting of two clubs. He emphasized the importance of unity within the ECA and welcomed dialogue with the dissenting clubs.

Amidst this backdrop, Real Madrid competes for their 15th European Cup, highlighting the irony of their affection for the Champions League while advocating for its upheaval.

This article was updated 3 weeks ago

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