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Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus left out of new Champions League intro

The two La Liga giants and the Serie A side are insistent that the European Super League will go ahead, but UEFA have now taken a subtle swipe at the three breakaway clubs

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The European Super League ’s three remaining clubs have been left out of the TV intro for the new Champions League season.

12 teams originally announced in mid-April that they would be breaking away from UEFA to form the new midweek competition, sparking intense criticism and protests.

The proposed competition quickly fell apart as the so-called ‘Big Six’ of the Premier League pulled out within 48 hours, with Manchester United chief Ed Woodward even resigning over the issue.

The English sides were quickly followed by Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid, leaving just Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus remaining in the Super League.



The new Champions League intro features neither Juventus, Barcelona or Real Madrid
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But despite UEFA sanctions, the three are insistent that they will indeed be forming a new tournament.

They received a win in court recently when a Spanish judge ordered all punishments against the 12 European Super League clubs to be dropped by UEFA.

Manuel Ruiz de Lara, who rules in a commercial court in Madrid, made an order on July 30 that demanded UEFA declare that all penalties be dropped with immediate effect.

The three clubs celebrated that ruling, insisting that UEFA now had to reverse all disciplinary proceedings.









“FC Barcelona, Juventus, and Real Madrid CF welcome today’s Court’s decision enforcing, with immediate effect, UEFA’s obligation to unwind the actions taken against all European Super League founding clubs,” they said in a joint statement.

“The Court backs the request made by the promoters of the European Super League, dismisses UEFA’s appeal, and confirms its warning to UEFA that failure to comply with its ruling shall result in fines and potential criminal liability.”

UEFA rejected that order and are unlikely to abide by the ruling because they feel confident their case will be backed in a higher European court.

Rather than pull back the sanctions, they appear to have increased them and have now taken aim at the remaining Super League clubs through the new intro for the Champions League.

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None of the remaining breakaway teams have been included in the 37-second titles, which features highlights from last season’s competition.

Cutting between CGI footage of a stadium built in the Champions League logo’s pattern, it starts with Duván Zapata of Atalanta bringing down the ball against Ajax.

The footage then cuts to an Atletico player backheeling the ball against Chelsea, N’Golo Kante tackling Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski passing against Red Bull Salzburg.

The intro then moves onto featuring goals, including a Sevilla goal against Borussia Dortmund, Kylian Mbappe curling in and Mehdi Taremi scoring an overhead kick against Chelsea.







Riyad Mahrez and Erling Haaland are then seen celebrating before the intro finishes with Chelsea lifting the trophy after May’s final.

It means that while past members of the Super League are featured, with Chelsea the most prominent, none of the remaining sides in the proposed competition are included.

UEFA have previously threatened they could kick the teams out of European competition, with the new intro possibly a hint that that is still on the table.

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