The death of soccer


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The Super League combines soccer’s best teams, including Real Madrid.

Amelia Mead, The Delphi Staff

The Super League is the death of soccer…

…is what soccer fans all across the globe are saying. The Super League is the brainchild of Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez. He wanted to bring the “much needed” life back into the sport, which many see as a “money grab.”

The Super League rakes in lots of money because the teams who registered were 12 of the most followed teams worldwide. These include Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus. The teams would have had to pay a fee to join and would never have to face the pressure of possible relegation. This money safety net causes poor clubs to never be given the opportunity to play with the best. In my opinion, one of the best parts of the game is when the underdogs win!

The underdogs winning helps teams bring in money, which the teams will use to better themselves due to the fact that they face relegation. This cyclical nature differs from American ideas and how the country’s sports are run. In America, when an established team does poorly, they face no repercussions and have no fear of losing their place in the next year’s competition.

European soccer has traditionally been more about the idea of teams earning their place in the competition. Everything about the Super League goes against this concept.

Smaller teams need the ticket sales generated from playing the big teams in order to attract new talents, pay big salaries, and gain more fans. Without this process, only the best teams would gain these benefits and stay at the top.

The UEFA Championship League takes the top teams from the local leagues in Europe and places them in a tournament. Teams earn their place: have the opportunity to play among the best and reap all the benefits, the way it should be.