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Superleague Receives Partial Win After Madrid Court Ruling But Future Uncertain

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

A Madrid court has issued a mixed verdict on the European Superleague. While siding with the breakaway league in principle, the ruling’s practical impact remains unclear.

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The court agreed with the European Court of Justice, stating that UEFA and FIFA cannot punish clubs for forming a rival competition. This upholds the right to free market competition in European football. UEFA and FIFA are now prohibited from taking actions that hinder the creation of new leagues.

However, the court also acknowledged the Superleague’s current state of disarray. With most founding members having withdrawn and limited public interest, the project appears significantly weakened. La Liga president Javier Tebas echoed this sentiment, criticizing the Superleague’s lack of merit.


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The ruling can be appealed, leaving the Superleague’s legal battle ongoing. Notably, only Real Madrid and Barcelona remain committed, with just Napoli showing public interest in the revised format presented by A22.

The Madrid court decision offers a partial victory for the Superleague, but its long-term viability remains highly doubtful. The lack of widespread support and its current state raise serious questions about the breakaway league’s future.

Meanwhile…

Spain coach Luis de la Fuente has named a provisional 29-man squad for Euro 2024 in Germany, with some notable inclusions and surprising omissions.

Headlining the new additions are Real Madrid’s Nacho Fernandez and Barcelona’s Fermin Lopez. Ayoze Perez of Real Betis and Girona’s Aleix Garcia (already called up in March 2023) also receive call-ups.

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The squad surprisingly lacks Marco Asensio (PSG), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid), Oihan Sancet (Athletic Club), and Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) but recent form sees Marc Cucurella earn a spot, while teenagers Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsi could be set for their first major tournament.

Ayoze Perez faces pressure to prove himself for a striker position, while Fermin Lopez battles established midfielders like Marcos Llorente. In defense, either Dani Vivian or Nacho might miss the final cut.

Spain will play friendlies against Andorra and Northern Ireland before their Euro 2024 opener against Croatia on June 15th. Italy and Albania round out their group stage schedule. De la Fuente will have to reduce the squad to 26 players before the tournament begins.

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