The new president of the German Football Association (DFB), Bernd Neuendorf, condemned plans to form a European Super League on Monday, claiming th
The new president of the German Football Association (DFB), Bernd Neuendorf, condemned plans to form a European Super League on Monday, claiming that it will not benefit the whole of football and that it opposes the way in which the sport is understood in Europe. “Sport must make it clear that it wants to serve the common good and not the interests of a few. The plans of the Superliga are a frontal attack on the European sporting model”, declared Neuendorf on the occasion of his first 100 days at the top of the DFB.
Twelve clubs, including Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid, announced their plans to create such a league last year, but the concept collapsed a few days after massive protests from leagues, federations, some governments and fans, and possible sanctions by UEFA. However, the plans that Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are still pursuing have been brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union, where a hearing is scheduled for July 11 and 12.
Neuendorf stated that European competitions, in their current form, are important because their revenues also contribute significantly to the funding of grassroots sport. “A Super League would be less useful for that. That cannot be in the best interest of our sport,” he stated. Neuendorf has been in the job for three months and said “a certain stability” has returned to the DFB after much unrest over various issues and leadership issues.