Barcelona recorded an awful result in last season’s Champions League when they were massacred 8-2 by eventual champions, Bayern Munich. But probably unknown was the fact that the now former president, Josep Maria Bartomeu had plans to take the club out of the league for a proposed anticipated more lucrative European Super League.
He has revealed that Barcelona was to support the idea of the breakaway new knockout tournament which would only involve 18 world-class football clubs. Bartomeu explained that the new league would guarantee Barcelona’s financial viability.
“Barcelona have accepted a proposal to play in the European Super League,” Josep Maria Bartomeu remarked in his farewell press conference.
He explained: “This would guarantee the financial viability of the club going forwards.”
The idea of the European Super League was reportedly proposed by FIFA. It would involve up to 18 teams in a round-robin system and post league playoff-style knockout tournament similar to the NBA in the United States.
This tournament would replace the UEFA Champions League but limit the number of the participants. In short, no more games against a club like Ferencvaros of Hungary. Only potentially explosive games featuring the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and other big guns will hold.
Every match would be a potential thriller.Here are 18 clubs supposed to take part in the new Super League: