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Football UEFA To Introduce Third European Club Competition (1 Viewer)

Birdman
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But alas it's not the late lamented Cup Winners Cup - the idea is to cut the EL back to 32 teams and create a tournament for smaller nations.

Uefa is set to launch a third European club competition from the start of the 2021-22 season, the European Club Association president, Andrea Agnelli, has confirmed.

In his opening address at the ECA’s biannual general meeting in Split on Tuesday, the Juventus chairman said: “Pending approval of the Uefa executive committee, the green light has been given to introduce a third competition, bringing the overall number of clubs to 96, as of the 2021/22 season.”

This means the Europa League’s group stage would be reduced from 48 teams to 32, with the new competition and the Champions League all having the same number.

Uefa has made little secret of the fact it has been looking at ways to raise the Europa League’s profile while also giving more clubs a shot at European competition, and therefore its ever-growing financial benefits, too.

In recent weeks, Uefa has said it is “constantly reviewing” its competitions and has been “discussing various ideas within its Club Competitions Committee before any decision on potential changes would be made”.

But with Agnelli and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis representing the ECA on Uefa’s 17-member ExCo, it would seem the decision is a done deal.

Details on how the new competition will work remain uncertain but it will not be a straight replacement for the Cup Winners’ Cup, which was discontinued in 1999.

It is more likely that it will be a Champions League-lite, with entry limited to teams from Europe’s weaker national leagues.

While this is undoubtedly attractive to the clubs, many of whom are among the ECA’s 232 members, it is likely to cause alarm at European Leagues, the organisation that represents leagues in 25 countries, many of whom are already concerned about the effect Uefa prize money has on the competitive balance of their competitions.

As well as the future of Europe’s club competitions, Agnelli told ECA members that Uefa’s revised Financial Fair Play rules “will be even more effective than the ones we had in place which delivered astonishing results” - this being a reference to the dramatic reduction in club debt since the cost-control measures were introduced in 2011.

Agnelli also said clubs want a “detailed assessment of the existing international match calendar” after 2024, as the “current model needs modernising”.
If they are tweaking things then hopefully the Champions League 3rd place will be dropped.
 
Major Tom
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And here ends the possibility of any side outside the top 8 - 10 leagues of ever qualifying for the CL
 
Boozy
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And here ends the possibility of any side outside the top 8 - 10 leagues of ever qualifying for the CL
At this stage I'd prefer if they just formally made it a competition for the top 4 or 5 leagues. It's practically there already, and every change they make seems designed to weight things even further in their favour.
 
David76
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I'd love a straight shoot out format again, sick of these "leagues" now.
 
CaptainObvious
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Load of bollocks, money is absolutely killing the game, the rich are just getting richer and the gap is forever growing not only between leagues but between the top teams in each league and the mid table teams.

I know it has been almost 30 years since its been the case, but the 'Champions League' should be just that. The champions of each country. Not 2nd, 3rd, 4th to maximise profits, sponsors etc..

Europa league league will always be a 2nd rate competition having team drop into it from the Champions League. Again, money talking.
 
Geezer
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Champions league should be just league champions. It could even be done in a league format.
Cup winners cup should be just cup winners. Straight knockouts.
Then, have Europa League for all the extra teams in a similar structure to now.

At least that's what I would like to see. Bit of variety so neither can seem like the poor version of the other
 
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Birdman
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Champions league should be just league champions. It could even be done in a league format.
Cup winners cup should be just cup winners. Straight knockouts.
Then, have Europa League for all the extra teams in a similar structure to now.

At least that's what I would like to see. Bit of variety so neither can seem like the poor version of the other
I'd love to see that as well but it's never going to happen. Having the top 4 from the big leagues in the CL is going to draw in more money and that's what it's all about for UEFA.
 
Sad Professor
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I'd love to see that as well but it's never going to happen. Having the top 4 from the big leagues in the CL is going to draw in more money and that's what it's all about for UEFA.
Yeah, it'll never happen but they should give teams from the smaller leagues a fighting chance. Have the top 2 teams from each of the top leagues straight thru to the group stage but 3rd and 4th place sides should be into the qualifiers at an early stage to earn their place.
 

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