Anas Laghrari, Co-Founder of A22 Management, has revealed that up to 20 football clubs across the continent have confirmed interest in joining the European Super League.
A22 Management, the company behind promoting the controversial breakaway football league, resumed plans to introduce the Super League after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled FIFA and UEFA sanctions against clubs joining the league “unlawful”.
This court ruling has now set the wheels in motion for the Super League to resume its intentions of launching after initially failing in 2021 as all English teams pulled out after mass backlash from fans, media and footballing organisations alike.
Despite this, A22 has resumed its intentions to contribute to the launch of the league, confirming that revised plans will feature three tiers made up of 64 teams with promotion and relegation.
Laghrari has since revealed that he has spoken to up to 50 clubs across Europe about participating in the Super League, with 20 all but confirming interest in joining the breakaway league.
He told Ouest-France: “I don’t want to say their names because I don’t want to expose them. We have spoken with around 50 different clubs. About 20 of them are very, very motivated by the project. We already have enough clubs to start a competition.
“We are very busy talking to different clubs, fan associations, players and people who are involved in football on a day-to-day basis. They all call us to better understand this project because, since it is possible and legal to propose an alternative, the actors want to work. We can work together to improve football.”
Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have been the two clubs heavily pushing for the Super League as it will create a new revenue stream for not just both clubs but those participating.
A22 has also detailed that the new league will come with an affordable broadcast channel for fans to watch. Laghrari explained that Unify will be the streaming channel of choice for the league and will charge €10-per-month to watch games.
He said: “Why pay 40, 50, 60 or 170 euros per month, like in Spain, to be able to watch football when you can do it for free?
“I have heard a lot that we are going to have one game per day that will be free or that it will be free for three months and then we will have to pay. No. All the games will be free and it will be that way forever.”
Clubs unlikely to join the league include Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. The six English clubs distanced themselves from the project once it resumed plans following the court ruling. FC Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are also unlikely to join as they decided not to be a part of the league when the initial teams were announced in 2021, before it ultimately failed to get off the ground.