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Major Link Soccer: The European Super League is Super Hated

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The only people defending this seem to be the owners themselves, not even their players or coaches.

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I just want to bask in the glory that is Jose Mourinho being sacked, again. I do want someone to answer me this, if the Super League is full of Super teams and Super teams are always good, then why do they need guaranteed spots? Could it be the Super team aren’t so Super? Maybe they know they aren’t able to win always and they aren’t so Super, so they have to buy a new Super? I say this well aware of my Manchester United support as a perfect example of Super not supering.

Seattle

Washington soccer team opened the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup campaign with a powerful message. OL Reign Debut New Kits, Place Black Women-Led Collective Front And Center

As Alabama RB Najee Harris prepares for the NFL draft, he describes his friendship with soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe. Najee Harris on how Megan Rapinoe inspires him - ESPN Video

MLS

MLS, as MLS does, spent the weekend doing everything in its power to subvert every expectation you had going into said weekend for no other reason than it enjoys doing it. I, being a person of great culture and taste, enjoyed the heck out of it. Top 5 surprises of Week 1 in MLS | MLSSoccer.com

Robbie Robinson’s performance in Inter Miami CF’s season-opening 3-2 loss to the LA Galaxy is just the tip of the iceberg, according to first-year coach Phil Neville. Robbie Robinson can be "really, really special," says Miami coach Phil Neville | MLSSoccer.com

LAFC’s season opener was a bittersweet occasion, as the club paid tribute to Mauricio “Mo” Fascio, the vice president of The 3252 supporters’ group who recently passed away from COVID-19. LAFC pay tribute to 3252 vice president Mo Fascio in season opener | MLSSoccer.com

Sort of a central winger who tilted toward the right. Chicharito finds his form, Sounders make a statement & more from Week 1 | MLSSoccer.com

NWSL

The 2021 Challenge Cup is in full swing. NWSL Challenge Cup: Four takeaways from Week 2 as Gotham FC rebrand with a win, Thorns take control - CBSSports.com

This is the NWSL edition of Kit ratings, we’re joined by Sylvs & Sky from Shea Butter FC, and Kaiya McCullough from Unfiltered w/ Kaiya. 2021 NWSL Kits Rated | Kit Ratings Vol.7 - YouTube

World

Mourinho was apparently sacked on Friday evening after Spurs’ listless 2-2 draw against Everton. #MouOut: Tottenham Hotspur fire Jose Mourinho - Cartilage Free Captain

Tottenham fired Jose Mourinho on Monday after only 17 months in charge, and just as he was preparing to coach the club in the League Cup final. Mourinho was hired in November. Tottenham fires manager Jose Mourinho after 17 months

According to multiple sources, Spurs will walk out against Southampton on Wednesday with two history-making caretaker managers. Ryan Mason and Chris Powell tipped to lead Tottenham as caretaker managers - Cartilage Free Captain

The revamped 36-team Champions League is agreed with the new format due to start in 2024. Champions League: Plans for revamped tournament agreed - BBC Sport

The new format will start in 2024, expand to 36 teams, create two non-merit-based spots, and feature a 10-match league format instead of the group stage. UEFA approve new Champions League format: what does it mean for Arsenal - The Short Fuse

Super League

This is getting its own section because there are so many articles addressing the massive potential change to European soccer. And there are tons of angles; how it hurts the women’s game, how it hurts fans, how the players don’t want it, what UEFA and FIFA are saying, and more.

Some of the world’s biggest clubs are breaking off and forming their own league. What does it mean? ‘European Super League,’ the announcement tearing soccer apart, explained - SBNation.com

Who is the Trixie Mattel of Super League, and how does the women’s game play into this? Super League explainer but make it RuPaul’s Drag Race - All For XI

Without any clear plan for its women’s teams and athletes, the European Super League made an empty promise to “advance and develop the women’s game.” European Super League News Treats Women’s Soccer As an Afterthought

There is a very strong possibility the most successful women’s teams will be excluded from a European Super League. European Super League could end up halting growth of women’s game | European Super League | The Guardian

All tiers of English soccer compete in it throughout the year. What about the European Super League’s impact on Women’s soccer? What About the European Super League’s Impact on Women’s Soccer? - Beyond Women’s Sports

You are going to read a lot of things on why the Super League is a bad idea and why everyone hates it and it tears apart the fabric of the sport itself. All of those are correct. But please, for a minute, consider this financial appeal from a BBC Business editor. European Super League plans could make clubs more valuable, but risk alienating fans and players. Why Super League plan makes financial sense for top clubs - BBC News

Florentino Perez said he’s “completely sure” Real Madrid and other Super League participants won’t be thrown out of this season’s Champions League. I’m pretty sure next week I’ll be able to write some comments about Oedipus and hubris and how pride go-ith before the fall when they are either ejected or back off the Super League plan. Real Madrid’s Perez says UEFA won’t kick Super League teams out of Champions League

Owners of the 12 clubs behind the breakaway Super League underestimated football and fans. Protests like the one at Leeds are only the beginning. Super League protests overshadow Leeds-Liverpool as fans make themselves heard outside empty Elland Road

Liverpool fan group Spion Kop 1906 have announced that they will remove their flags from the Kop as a protest against the European Super League. Outraged Liverpool fans to remove flags from the Kop in protest over European Super League

Jurgen Klopp is determined to remain as Liverpool boss and “help sort it” after reiterating his opposition to the European Super League. European Super League: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp against idea but will not quit - BBC Sport

Thomas Tuchel has admitted Chelsea’s involvement in the European Super League has the potential to distract his players as they pursue domestic and European success this season. Thomas Tuchel admits Super League talk could distract Chelsea’s players | Chelsea | The Guardian

The Premier League’s ‘Other 14’ clubs are seeking to derail the plans of the ‘Big Six’ to form a European Super League. Premier League’s furious ‘Other 14’ look to derail Super League plan | European Super League | The Guardian

The European Super League shows that football club owners don’t care about supporters, even more so after a year when they realised they can exist on TV income alone. Power grab in a pandemic: how absence of fans gave greedy owners their chance | European Super League | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM - Koln v. RB Leipzig - Bundesliga - ESPN+

9:30 AM - Hamburger SV v. Karlsruher SC - Bundesliga 2 - ESPN+

9:30 AM - Greuther Furth v. Eintracht Braunschweig - Bundesliga 2 - ESPN+

10:00 AM - Norwich City v. Watford - EFL Championship - ESPN+

11:05 AM - Greenock Morton v. Hearts - Scottish Championship - ESPN+

11:30 AM - Arminia Bielefeld v. Schalke 04 - Budesliga - ESPN+

11:30 AM - Eintracht Frankfurt v. FC Augsburg - Bundesliga - ESPN+

11:30 AM - Bayern Munich v. Bayer Leverkusen - Bundesliga - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Hellas Verona v. Fiorentina - Serie A - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Chelsea v. Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League - Peacock

3:00 PM - Gotham FC v. North Carolina Courage - NWSL Challenge Cup - Paramount+

5:30 PM - Chicago Red Stars v. Kansas City - NWSL Challenge Cup - Paramount+