The European Super League II; how it is being built, and by whom

By Tony Attwood

Gianni Infantino 2018.jpgBy and large it is agreed that the European Super League was a terrible mistake, but it’s all resolved now, the clubs have paid their fines to Uefa for breach of rules and some fans are demanding seats on the boards.

Except… in football nothing is ever quite what it might seem.  And this for two quite separate reasons which the media are not really wanting to talk about.   For there is the African Super League, which Mr Infantino is pushing through as a way of giving Fifa power, for the first time, over a club competition.    And the last thing that Fifa and Infantino wanted was to have a European Super League overshadow his African Super League project.  At least not until Fifa can run that too.

But there are also mumblings happening in the English media to the effect that the European version of the affair, which Fifa hated because it was not running the show, is reforming itself.   And the reason for that is desperation.  A number of clubs in the SuperLeague are in real financial trouble.

As ever most of the British media won’t touch football stories unless they are officially sanctioned by Fifa, to whom they will always bend the knee in return for tickets to big matches.  And that is why the African Super League is not big news yet.  Infantino is not quite ready.

Meanwhile the Daily Mail broke ranks and ran the headline “Desperate Super League organisers ‘believe a modified version of the hated competition can still go ahead’ with England’s Big Six amid claims the English giants ‘still haven’t formally left’ the botched plan.”

As ever much of this writing ends with the getout phrase “according to a report,” meaning “don’t blame us if this is wrong”, but the picture they paint does link with the observations of Fifa’s work in taking over all of African football, and Fifa’s worry that this project would be overshadowed by a European super league arising too soon.

But the financial disaster that is affecting most of the clubs in the SuperLeague both as a result of previous mismanagement and the pandemic is not going away.  These are the clubs like Barcelona, which are called “too big to fail” and well as being “too much in debt to continue”.

However the club owners go further and say, “football can’t survive in its current form. simply because of the debt.”   Meanwhile rulings in the European Court of Justice have established precedents which have allowed such developments and breakaways, and there is no doubt surely that if a big club is about to fail, with SuperLeague being the only option for keeping it going, that is what is going to happen.

What now tips this over the edge now is FIFA’s African Super League.  This story has been followed in detail by Philippe Auclair at Josimar Football and focuses on the way CAF top officials have all been replaced with Fifa’s own preferred personnel.

It started on 24 May 2021 when over a dozen CAF senior staff were sacked without warning; Fifa backed officials were put in place.  And all without warning, without interviews, without explanation, but with the statement that the severance payments they were entitled to would not be paid unless they signed total non-disclosure agreements.  The entire CAF administration was taken down in one move.

Infantino then installed Véron Mosengo-Omba as his man to run the show – and all following a clever move by Fifa which changed the regs so that non-Africans can hold senior positions in the CAF.

Now if you have followed our story on the battles between the Swiss state and Infantino, you will know how much of Fifa is run by people who don’t have qualifications to do the job, but come from the same part of Switzerland as Infantino.  The same is true of Luca Piazza who worked (without any qualifications for the job) for Infantino inside the Fifa Audit & Compliance team, and who grew up a few doors away from Infantino in the village of Trelex.

Piazza became the effective ‘Fifa General Delegate For Africa’ on 1 August 2019, overseeing all decisions from which point Fifa took over African football directly.

Infantino went to a CAF meeting on 15 May 2021 to discuss a report on African football by  PricewaterwaterhouseCoopers which highlighted the corruption (although as PWC admitted, without interviewing anyone or having all the relevant documentation).

PwC themselves were aware of the limitations of their work, which basically blamed individuals for failings in African football, rather than in the whole structure of the organisation and suggested the need to bring in outsiders – from Europe.  As if Fifa had never had problems with its European employees from Infantino downward.

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But now we can see how the African Super League is coming together.  A Fifa project not for countries but for clubs.   And the plan is simple: show it works in African and makes billions of dollars for Fifa, and quite a bit for TV companies and something for the clubs, and then say: “Top European clubs are falling apart [which post-SuperLeague they are], we can rescue them too.”

Beware incoming: The Fifa European Super League: the winners to play the winners of the Fifa African Super League on a TV set in your sitting room.


7 Replies to “The European Super League II; how it is being built, and by whom”

  1. What never ceases to amaze me Andrew Banks is that you spend your time reading these articles seemingly in order simply to write your little comments.
    Unless of course you don’t read the articles but just put up your one word comment.
    Both are equally weird.

  2. Thank you Tony.

    I read the article you have given a link to.

    If you have a focus span of more than one minute then follow the link to the article. I give the link:

    I teach English as a second language and I teach on line.

    Earlier to day I had to present my students with a series of pictures to discus. I chose as my subject: “Scenes from Switzerland’.

    Later in the day I came here.

  3. African super league
    European super league

    How long before an American super league and a Asian super league. Then the winners of each super league will play in a world champions league run by FIFA with uefa pushed out.

  4. Athletes will be guaranteed one weeks holiday per decade.

    Non super league clubs will be guaranteed the right to continue losing money and players.

    Fans will be guaranteed the right to funnel money to an increasingly small number of individuals…or, stand up against this lunacy, now.

  5. The fatal flaw in these plans – all driven by greed – is that FIFA/UEFA/etc all assume that fans will keep turning up to every game, and paying for all the tv subscriptions. Fans are already reaching saturation point with constant football, and most of it is garbage. When the fans stop turning up and start turning off, the whole thing collapses.

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