Juventus begin process to leave European Super League: Only Real Madrid and Barcelona remain

The Super League project received another blow on Thursday night as Juventus announced that they have started the process of leaving Real Madrid and Barcelona as the only remaining members of the original 12.


Juventus have officially confirmed that they are trying to leave the failed European Super League project which was first announced in 2021. The departure of the Bianconeri would leave just Real Madrid and Barcelona still committed to the idea of the breakaway league.

When first announced in April 2021, the Super League was set to contain 12 founding members and would then feature another eight guest clubs to compete against each other each week, with no chance for relegation.

The footballing world revolted against the plans which were perceived to be a death knell for the domestic league of each major European footballing nation. Inter and AC Milan were, along with Juventus, the two other teams from Italy that were founding members. The intention was to rival the UEFA Champions League.

Juventus leave Super League

The moon in the night sky over Juventus’ Allianz Stadium. (@juventusfcen)

The immediate fan protests across Europe, but particularly among the fans of Premier League sides, led to some major clubs pulling out of the project within days of its announcement.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham all dropped out, followed by Atletico Madrid, Inter and Milan.

That left just Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona committed to the project, until the evening of Thursday, July 14, 2023, when a Juventus press release confirmed that they have begun the process of leaving.

Juventus’ Allianz Stadium. (@ACFFiorentinaEN)

“Reference is made to our previous communication dated 6 June 2023, pursuant to which Juventus announced the commencement of a period of discussions with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, clubs not having hitherto announced their intention to exit the Super League project, in respect of Juventus’ proposed decision to exit from said project,” the short statement began.

“Following such discussions, and given the existing discrepancies on the interpretation of the relevant contractual terms applicable to the Super League Project, Juventus confirms that it has initiated the procedure to exit therefrom, but it also acknowledges that, under the applicable contractual terms, its exit will be completed and effective only if previously authorised by Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and the remaining clubs involved in the Super League Project.”

Why have Juventus left the Super League?

Juventus have never been clear about why they wish to leave the Super League project, but we can infer two possible reasons. One is that there is no longer any belief that the Super League will ever be created, given 75% of the founding members dropped out immediately.

The other is that Juventus are keen to ensure they do not fall further out of favour with UEFA, given a ruling is yet to be made about whether they can compete in European competitions or not next season following the capital gains and salary manoeuvres scandals of the 2022/23 campaign that eventually saw the club be fined and docked 10 points.


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