Ask Miguel Delaney anything as European Super League launches radical new plan for football

The controversial European Super League has announced it will relaunch, unveiling plans for a new tournament after a landmark European Court of Justice ruling.

The competition was initially launched in 2021 with 12 founding members – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid – who would permanently take part in the competition.

The plan quickly collapsed after the six Premier League clubs pulled out within 24 hours in the face of fierce criticism from supporters, pundits, clubs and the media, but Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid remained committed to the concept.

Now, the European Super League has tabled plans to return, crucially removing the “closed shop” format that would have seen its founding members be immune from relegation.

A22, the company backing the league, says it consulted with nearly 50 European clubs since October last year and developed 10 principles based on that consultation which underpin its plans for a new-look league. The people involved with the European Super League believe football across the continent is in danger and they are the self-appointed guardians to save it.

But what do these new plans mean for European football? How would a European Super League actually work? And how do the latest proposals compare to previous, controversial plans?

Which clubs are backing the ESL? And, with today’s ruling, what timeline can fans expect for the plans to come to life, if at all?

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