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Kroos: “I think we will see the Super League...”

The Real Madrid player feels that “football needs more emotion” and is confident that the project will go ahead: “Clubs don’t need UEFA to organize themselves.”

Kroos during the Club World Cup final against Al Hilal at the Prince Moulay Abdellah stadium in Morocco.
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Toni Kroos has spoken out in favour of the Super League. He reflected on why he thinks football is in need of a change in his latest podcast, Einfach mal Luppen’. “I think we will see the Super League. And I believe so for several reasons. The idea of the Super League has changed and deserves to be heard. If you look carefully from both angles, you will see that UEFA is by no means a great Samaritan for football fans and that the Super League has no plans, at least in the second attempt, to exclude any team, because there will be no permanent founding members. It is a sports competition, an open tournament, but managed by the clubs and not by UEFA, because these clubs believe that they do not need UEFA for that. I think this deserves at least one chance…” the Real Madrid midfielder reasoned.

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It is not the only reflection of Kroos, who wonders why, with such a packed fixtures schedule, UEFA decided to create a new international competition - the Nations League, which has only further compressed the dates. “I think we have only heard the UEFA side, and too often in my opinion. Why is it ok for UEFA to introduce a Nations League that no one needs? Suddenly no one asks them about it. That’s why I think it’s incredibly important to listen to other proposals like the Super League. I get the feeling that we are no longer being listened to,” he continued.

The player, who recently retired from international football with Germany and is in the final months of his contract with Real Madrid, gave more reasons why he believes that the Super League would be good for football. “Although we have already talked about the loss of passion for football, I believe that the Super League has the opportunity to reverse that situation. Let there be more enthusiasm and emotion for the games that we will be able to see. Because in the end, let’s not fool ourselves, many people always say: ‘Who wants to see Real Madrid against Manchester City every week?’ But have you gotten tired of watching Federer against Nadal over and over again? I don’t. That’s my opinion. I think we can attract the fans and get them back to football, and it could also bring a completely different enthusiasm to the neutral fan. Because these matches are not only watched by the supporters of the clubs, but also by neutral fans. And I think that, with the feeling that interest in football is waning, we would have the opportunity to increase all that again if we seriously addressed it”.