From Sea Across Shining Sea

19 04 2021

London

When the news hit yesterday, I thought the key to understanding the whole thing was that no teams from Germany or France are going to be part of it. I thought to myself: A European Super League without BM, BVB or PSG? WTF?

And indeed, throughout the day today, the ownership groups of all three of the aforementioned non-included teams went a step further and explicitly rejected becoming part of the ESL.

My first theory was that this was sort of the soccer equivalent of Brexit, as the press release came from London, which is probably where the ESL office will be, and Britain is providing six teams, half of the twelve participating clubs thus far. But the reason it’s not soccer Brexit is because Spain and Italy are also providing teams, in fact, they’re the only other two countries doing so thus far.

All it took me was thinking about and doing a little internet research. The ownership groups of the participating teams are disproportionately American. An American bank, JP Morgan, is financing the whole thing. And the league they’re forming smells way more American than European in its structure, in that fifteen of the twenty intended teams would be permanent members with zero possibility of relegation, only the other five could be. Relegation and promotion not being an American thing, obviously.

This is just the Americanization of the very top tier of about half of European club soccer. The team rosters quit being about their home cities and regions long ago, the coaching staffs soon followed, and then eventually the ownership groups. The final logical step was their league itself.

And that’s why Germany and France aren’t playing along, because of the powerful inherent anti-Americanism in both countries, albeit for disparate reasons.

Already through the day today, FIFA, UEFA, Prem, Serie A and La Liga, have all come out and said that teams that join the ESL will be kicked out of their domestic leagues, and excluded from FIFA and UEFA club-based tournaments, and players who are on ESL teams will be banned from World Cup and EURO tournament participation. And fans of teams that have already strapped up with the ESL are in rebellion.

The problem is is that this is going to be an empty threat, because all the owners, teams and players care about is the money, which the ESL will probably make in droves from international TV contracts and revenue, which is where soccer makes its bread these days, as Covid proved. Who needs the domestic leagues, the world and regional governing bodies, and warm bodies in the stands at this point, is their calculus. They just need each other, a bunch of people watching on TV and buying official merch, plus a sea of money. Along with Americanization, this is monetization.

Though I repeat myself.


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19 04 2021
Alex the Goon

The real question is, which league will prostate itself hardest to the darkies?

19 04 2021
countenance

Dunno about that, but the other big crisis in country today was that the head coach of 1. FC Köln insinuated that young healthy athletic black men can run really fast.

19 04 2021
Alex the Goon

Tens of millenia of natural selection process. The ones lacking fast-twitch muscle fibers in the legs were caught stealing, and beaten to death.

20 04 2021
countenance

Today, RB Leipzig announced that it’s not interested in the Super League.

First off, it wouldn’t have been invited anyway, the ESL seems to be for teams that have been really good for a long time. RB Leipzig has just gotten good.

Which leads me to the more important point:

The way RB Leipzig has gotten really good (2nd in the Bundesliga so far this season) really quickly has made it the most hated soccer team in Germany. Long story, but basically involving jumping in line and not doing it the “right” way according to German customs WRT these things.

Now, I think that their refusal to join a league they would have never been invited to join is pure PR posturing, in order to paper over its domestic political problems. But I will also say that it has a transgressive rebellious reputation, so just the mere pretense of them turning down the ESL is going to raise its esteem among Germans.

20 04 2021
countenance

Much is made over the Bundesliga rule that no single large investor can own a majority of the shares of any one club in the league, as the reason why German clubs aren’t interested in the ESL. (There are a few grandfathered exceptions). However, I think that indicates the reason, rather than being the reason itself. After all, no French teams are going, especially not PSG, and PSG’s owners are all oil sheiks.

Like I’ve been saying, the ESL is mostly Americanization/monetization of the top tier of European soccer, and Germany and France aren’t going along because of their inherently anti-American cultures.

20 04 2021
countenance

You know who’s rubbing their hands and paying close attention to the ESL proceedings?

American college football.

21 04 2021
countenance

And that was quick. As fast as it was born, it died.

The European Super League existed about as long as the effort to merge St. Louis City and County.

21 04 2021
countenance

And I speculated at first that this was the soccer equivalent of Brexit.

https://www.politico.eu/article/juventus-chief-blames-brexit-for-super-league-collapse/

22 04 2021
countenance

Now that it’s all over, while I wish people were this organized, adamant and core focused on something other than soccer, the takeaway that we should all be happy with is that it’s possible.

24 04 2021
Alex the Goon

Florentino Perez has warned that no club can leave the European Super League after signing binding contracts to participate and denied JP Morgan have pulled their backing to fund the competition.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-9506633/Florentino-Perez-speaks-insisting-no-club-leave-European-Super-League.html
Lotsa luck with that, Taco. It dissolved before it ever existed.

2 05 2021
2 05 2021
Alex the Goon

Antisemitism resurrected in Europe.

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