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Man United chief Woodward to step down at end of 2021

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, one of the leading figures in the breakaway European Super League project, will step down from his role at United at the end of 2021, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. United have been one of the leading clubs involved in the breakaway project and Woodward was singled out for criticism by the head of European soccer's governing body Aleksander Ceferin. "I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world’s greatest football club for the past 16 years," Woodward, who joined United in 2005 and took over in his current role in 2012, said in a statement.
Yahoo - 20.04.2021 22:53

European Super League OFF as Chelsea and Man City pull out and 12 clubs plan meeting – LIVE news and reaction on talkSPORT

Keep up with all the latest updates and reaction to the biggest news in football… Headlines: European Super League is OFF as founding clubs meet to disband idea after widespread protests Petr Cech pleads with protesting Chelsea fans as hundreds gather outside Stamford Bridge to rally against European Super League ahead of Brighton clash Everton […]
TalkSport - 20.04.2021 20:31

Man City, Chelsea leading exit from breakaway Super League

Manchester City and Chelsea dramatically abandoned plans to join a breakaway Super League on Tuesday, threatening to implode the project by a group of elite English, Spanish and Italian clubs less than two days after it was announced. City was the first club to go public with its decision to leave the 12-team project, saying it "has formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League.” Chelsea was preparing documents to tell the Super League it wants out too, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.
Yahoo - 20.04.2021 19:25

‘It’s not sport if you can’t lose’: Guardiola criticises Man City’s Super League plan

Manager takes dim view of 12 clubs joining breakaway league‘It’s not fair if a team fights at the top and cannot qualify’Pep Guardiola has launched a scathing attack on the proposed European Super League, with Manchester City’s manager stating “it is not a sport” if teams are guaranteed to play in it each season. City are one of 12 founder members of the ESL, yet Guardiola is fiercely critical of the format of a 20-club league of which 15 are planned to be the same every year.“If you ask me [why] these teams have been selected, I don’t know the reason why,” he said. “It is not a sport where the relation between the effort and the success, the effort and the reward, does not exist. It is not a sport where success is already guaranteed or it is not a sport when it doesn’t matter where you lose. Continue reading...
Guardian - 20.04.2021 15:56

Real Madrid’s Florentino Pérez claims Super League is here to ‘save football’

Pérez says clubs ‘on edge of ruin’ and can’t wait for 2024‘We don’t want the rich to be richer and the poor poorer’Florentino Pérez painted a dramatic, dark portrait of football’s future and presented himself and the 12 breakaway clubs as its saviour as he attempted to justify plans for a Super League over which he will preside. In the first interview with any of the key figures behind the plan, the president of Real Madrid claimed that the purpose of the league, which he hopes will start “as soon as possible”, is to “save football”. He insisted that the 12 clubs could not wait until 2024 for Uefa’s new Champions League format because “by 2024 we’re dead”.Pérez said football was in “free fall”, that TV viewing figures were dropping and rights declining. “€5,000m has been lost by the clubs; we’re on the edge of ruin,” he insisted. “We don’t want the rich to be richer and the poor poorer. We have to save football. Everything I do is for the good of football, which is in a critical moment...
Guardian - 20.04.2021 12:01

Real Madrid's Florentino Pérez 'wants to save football' with Super League – video

Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid, has hit back at Uefa by calling them a ‘monopoly’ while arguing that the Super League is being formed to ‘save football’.The controversial announcement that big clubs across Europe plan to form a breakaway league has sent shockwaves across Europe, with many fans, players and pundits denouncing the idea.Talking to late-night Spanish talk show El Chiringuito de Jugones in Madrid on Monday, Pérez said that he was sure that Real Madrid and other Super League participants and players won’t be thrown out of this season’s Champions League. The Super League would be ‘the greatest show in the world. There’s no other sport that can gather four billion people watching a few teams play’. European Super League: backlash builds against breakaway plan – live! Continue reading...
Guardian - 20.04.2021 11:55

‘Blatantly cynical’: our readers across Europe react to Super League plans

Most supporters in England and throughout Europe are against the proposal, although some are seeing the positivesFootball in every country is dependent on an aspirational pyramid based on promotion and relegation. There are no self-selected elites and every club should be able to progress through the ranks on merit. The same logic applies to both the Champions League and the Europa League. The proposed European Super League, based on the unmitigated greed of a band of smug, self-important and exclusive clubs, will undermine the entire structure and destroy fans’ hopes that one day their team could be “up there”. Continue reading...
Guardian - 20.04.2021 09:00

Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp unimpressed by European Super League plans

Liverpool manager also angered by T-shirts at Leeds‘People are not happy with that and I can understand that’Jürgen Klopp has criticised the European Super League plan being pursued by his own employers at Liverpool but insisted Fifa and Uefa are also driven by greed and require fundamental change.The Liverpool manager stated his opposition to any super league in 2019 and confirmed his stance has not changed in light of Sunday’s announcement by 12 European breakaway clubs. Klopp is unhappy at the lack of competitiveness in the proposed league, with 15 self-appointed founding members having permanent residence in the competition, and the division it has already created between Liverpool supporters and the club owned by Fenway Sports Group. Continue reading...
Guardian - 19.04.2021 22:01

Tottenham sacking consigns dour and dogmatic José Mourinho to the past | Jonathan Liew

Daniel Levy was seduced by the stature and record of a manager who has all but destroyed a progressive, united teamJosé Mourinho subsided in the same manner as so many of his teams this season: meekly and by degrees, with an impending inevitability and perhaps even a certain mercifulness. Indeed, if you want a measure of how far his stock has fallen, then consider the fact that his sacking by Tottenham Hotspur was not even the biggest football story of the day: one of the game’s great coaches reduced to a parish notice, a footnote in the foothills of football’s bold new future.And so Mourinho will not lead Tottenham into the European Super League in which they have so controversially enlisted. Nor will he be given the chance to lift the 21st major trophy of his career in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. Instead, Ryan Mason will lead the team out at Wembley on Sunday: same players, different coach. Continue reading...
Guardian - 19.04.2021 18:23

Nashville SC rallies from two-goal deficit to earn 2-2 draw in season opener vs. Cincinnati FC

Cincinnati FC went up 2-0 just 12 minutes into their season-opening match against Nashville SC thanks to an 8' goal from Luciano Acosta and a 12' penalty shot from Brenner. However, Nashville stormed back with a 20' goal from Jhonder Cádiz and 64' goal from Randall Leal as they forced a dramatic 2-2 draw.
Fox Sports - 18.04.2021 05:12