- FC Bayern and Real Madrid have recently been in favor of the controversial Club World Cup – unlike 232 European clubs competing in the ECA.
- In October, the two clubs from Munich and Madrid also talked about a new Super League.
The day after the big crack, the record champion once again tweeted in English. A picture with the logos of FC Bayern and the European Club Association ECA, in addition a saying that should sound like a confession: "#FCBayern is proud to be a member of @ECAEurope! Let's shape the future of football – together!" FC Bayern are proud to be a member of the ECA! Let's shape the future of football – together!
The Bavarians have summoned here, beautifully international, their harmony with the European club football. But is that the whole truth? Only the day before, on Tuesday, had the ECA board in Nyon, in the headquarters of the European Football Union Uefa, quite outrageously two clubs vorknöpft who had just left the common European line: Real Madrid – and Bayern Munich.
In contrast to the rest of the 232 ECA members, the two clubs are suddenly thrilled with a project that Fifa president Gianni Infantino has just enforced in the usual dodgy way: a new club World Cup for 24 teams, which will be in place for the first time in 2021 to be held. "I think it's great", "wonderful", "that's it", explained Bayern President Uli Hoeneß on Sunday in the Munich Arena. "You will see: The club World Cup will come, and Bayern will play along." That was just two days after Infantino had boxed through the controversial format on the Fifa board. Against the tough resistance of Uefa and ECA.
Europe is fighting united against it – and the Bayern will find it great? This causes upset in the football circles of the continent. Especially since they are particularly keen on solidarity and cohesion, since the Fifa boss with ever new Volten trying to pull individual Europeans on his side to create majorities for various opaque business projects. It's the kind of detuning that you can not even get out of the world as FC Bayern with a tweet.
Bayern and Real against the rest of Europe: What looks like a reflex of two money-hungry clubs, but now gains additional explosiveness. On SZ request, FC Bayern now admits that he has also dealt with at least one, highly controversial money and splitting project at least. Namely with the establishment of a new Super League for big clubs – and this in the context of Real Madrid.
This is piquant because the topic was in the headlines at the beginning of November 2018 throughout Europe. There had the mirror and other media based on platform documents Football Leaks reported on a secret plan, after the eleven major clubs aspired to the separation from organized football. A detailed dossier on the discrete project, which landed at a club on 22 October, was presented at Real Madrid. More precisely: in the mail accounts of Real-President Florentino Pérez, his deputy Pedro López and managing director Juan Ángel Sánchez. Concrete backgrounds remained unclear at that time, everywhere such plans were strictly denied. But now comes out: The Trio Pérez / López / Sánchez had just two weeks earlier Bavarian CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Chief Justice Michael Gerlinger for a conversation in Madrid.
When the paper, the draft of a "binding letter of intent", had been published on 2 November, the Munich residents via club website claimed that they were completely unaware: "Renewed plans for a so-called Super League (…) are the FC Bayern neither known, nor did Bayern participate in negotiations on this. " One can not understand why the club will be listed in such a paper. The dossier prepared by the Madrid-based consulting firm Key Capital Partners had named FC Bayern as one of the "founders" and the fourth largest shareholder in the project. The new "European Super League", as an independent elite Uefa operation, from 2021 to be played with 16 teams, it said.
So what had been discussed only weeks before, when Bayern visited the Real leaders? Was the new Super League a topic?
The Bayern press office now reports: "There was a meeting with Real Madrid officials last October that talked about a variety of topics, among others the people of Real Madrid asked us for a Super League, we said that is not possible in Germany. "
Why did the Bavarians then shortly afterwards in the Madrid secret paper? And why Bayern officials, who were interviewed in Madrid in October to a new European elite league, assure three weeks later that they are no partout any new Super League plans known?
Precise inquiries let the record champion answer his media lawyer on Wednesday. The swept, ratzfatz, all contradictions from the table. "The Declaration of 2 November 2018 is completely correct," he said on the question of how to talk about a new Super League in Madrid, but then three weeks later knew nothing of new Super League plans that appeared in Madrid are. The Bavarians, according to the media lawyer, were also "not explicitly questioned about a new Super League". Rather, they had been "occasionally asked a meeting on various topics also asked," "what you think of a Super League". Answer: see above. As a precautionary measure, the Bavarian media lawyer in his reply immediately sets the limits of journalistic curiosity: "For the rest, we ask you to refrain from further inquiries (…)." Striking thin-skinned they are currently acting, the Bayern.
But the question remains of course: Was the billion-euro issue of Super League in Madrid really only briefly mentioned, between dessert and espresso?
The fact that the Super League was still a topic of conversation beyond Madrid and Munich at the end of 2018 is in fact largely excluded. Unlike 2016, when the big clubs with such plans built a threat and the Uefa had squeezed in this way benefits in Champions League operation. They had even admitted that at the time. But 2018? Apart from the mysterious dossier, there was no indication of a renewed offensive by the supercubes from Paris via Turin to Manchester, no meetings, not even a whispering debate like two years before. Only Real Madrid was one of those who, as always, are constantly overpowered by their own greed. And the Bayern? They have their shaky version of things. Clubs such as Manchester United explain on request, whether they were invited by Real at that time to Super League talks, but did not appear, evasive: "We will not comment on that."
In addition: Two weeks after Ruchbarwerden the emerging in Madrid paper extended Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin and ECA boss Andrea Agnelli the format of the Champions League until 2024. In this long-term meeting they did not hide their irritation. "What I find interesting is that in 2018 almost nobody has discussed a new Super League," said Ceferin. "And there was a document saying it was going to happen, we talked to all the big clubs, and there was no serious discussion about it, and 99 percent did not know it at all."