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Football loses war against US sports, calls for ESL revival

Florentino Pérez says football is “sick” and “losing the global entertainment battle” with the US sport, as a way to maintain its status as the world’s most popular sport. We support the dormant European Super League (ESL) project.

Speaking at the club’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Sunday, the Real Madrid president was one of the most prominent supporters of the breakaway competition since its attempted start in April 2021.

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The ESL and football governing bodies are awaiting a European Court of Justice ruling, scheduled for December, on whether UEFA’s attempt to block the Super League violated European competition law.

“To solve the problem, you must first recognize that you have a problem,” Perez said. “Our sport is sick. We are losing our leadership as a global sport… We must not be confused by the impact of Real Madrid’s European Cup.” [in the Champions League last season] It’s time to take part in seven of the most intense and intriguing games.

“It was the result of a lottery, the quality and greatness of our team.

Perez compared the number of times major European clubs played against each other to the number of top-level meetings in other sports.

“In tennis, [Rafa] with Nadal [Roger] Federer played 40 games in 15 years.with Nadal [Novak] Djokovic played 59 games in 16 years,” he said. He has faced Chelsea four times in the history of the European Cup. What’s the point in depriving fans of all these games? “

Perez emphasized that recent Forbes rankings suggest that US soccer clubs are lagging behind sports teams.

“We were top in all sports, but now we’re down to 13th.” We were overtaken by 12 clubs in American sports. No. They must be doing very badly in Europe.Football is losing the battle of global entertainment against other sports and other platforms.”

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus remain the remaining three of the ESL’s 12 founding clubs after six Premier League members – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – have left. , maintains public support for the project. — Caused a collapse in April 2021.

“We need professional, modern and transparent management rather than based on old structures designed in the last century,” Perez said. “I recently served as president of the European Association of Clubs. [Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi] Talking about the Superleague, Real Madrid said they are afraid of competition. Perhaps the ECA president should remember who Real he is Madrid. Competition is in our DNA. “