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      UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024

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      UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Apr 19, 2021 03:55:20 pm
      This was officially approved today.

      Scraps the existing 8 groups of 4 and replaces it with 10 games against a collection of different strength teams to form some kind of league table and the top 8 progress to the knockouts and places 9 to 25 go into a knockout to reach the knockouts.  ???

      Not quite got my head round it, but then I might not need to...  :roll:

      The revamped 36-team Champions League was agreed on Monday.

      It comes the day after 12 clubs, including six from England, announced plans to join a new, separate European Super League (ESL) instead.

      The controversial new Champions League format is due to start in 2024 and run until at least 2033. A planned announcement last month was scrapped amid arguments over club involvement in the running of the tournament.

      The new format will see 36 clubs qualifying for an expanded 'first phase', where all clubs will play against 10 opponents of varying strengths. This will result in a league table, with the top eight qualifying for the knockout phase and the next 16 going into a play-off for the remaining eight slots.

      The format has been criticised by fans' groups, not least because two of the additional four slots will be allocated on the basis of past performance, to the clubs with the highest Uefa co-efficient that did not qualify for the Champions League automatically - but did qualify for another European competition.

      If the process was in existence this season, Liverpool - depending on the outcome of the domestic cup competitions - and Chelsea would have been the clubs who stood to benefit.
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #1: Apr 19, 2021 04:21:08 pm
      Cant be arsed reading up on it

      36 team league with 10 games played to qualify for knockouts, how is who you play decided?

      More bullshite, these lot are no better then the breakaway clubs.

      How about your champiobs league for champios only. Stick all them in a league. Load of cock, France get a 5th spot, finish 5th in a league and you qualify. Fcuk right off
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #2: Apr 19, 2021 04:28:07 pm
      This was officially approved today.

      Scraps the existing 8 groups of 4 and replaces it with 10 games against a collection of different strength teams to form some kind of league table and the top 8 progress to the knockouts and places 9 to 25 go into a knockout to reach the knockouts.  ???

      Not quite got my head round it, but then I might not need to...  :roll:

      The revamped 36-team Champions League was agreed on Monday.

      It comes the day after 12 clubs, including six from England, announced plans to join a new, separate European Super League (ESL) instead.

      The controversial new Champions League format is due to start in 2024 and run until at least 2033. A planned announcement last month was scrapped amid arguments over club involvement in the running of the tournament.

      The new format will see 36 clubs qualifying for an expanded 'first phase', where all clubs will play against 10 opponents of varying strengths. This will result in a league table, with the top eight qualifying for the knockout phase and the next 16 going into a play-off for the remaining eight slots.

      The format has been criticised by fans' groups, not least because two of the additional four slots will be allocated on the basis of past performance, to the clubs with the highest Uefa co-efficient that did not qualify for the Champions League automatically - but did qualify for another European competition.

      If the process was in existence this season, Liverpool - depending on the outcome of the domestic cup competitions - and Chelsea would have been the clubs who stood to benefit.

      That's some convoluted money spinning sh*te that.

      As you say John, we may not even have to worry about it so I'll pass on a full read up for now.
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      Reply #3: Apr 19, 2021 04:31:40 pm
      Obviously one of the reasons why the top clubs want to go it alone and create their own league..
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      Reply #4: Apr 19, 2021 04:34:30 pm
      Obviously one of the reasons why the top clubs want to go it alone and create their own league..

      The 36 team CL is a joke but isn't it something those 12-15 SL teams voted on?
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      Reply #5: Apr 19, 2021 04:35:42 pm
      Cant be arsed reading up on it

      36 team league with 10 games played to qualify for knockouts, how is who you play decided?

      More bullshite, these lot are no better then the breakaway clubs.

      How about your champiobs league for champios only. Stick all them in a league. Load of cock, France get a 5th spot, finish 5th in a league and you qualify. Fcuk right off

      Anyone know how Conmebol does the Libertadores? is it as watered down as the CL?
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #6: Apr 19, 2021 08:51:57 pm
      Can't even be bothered to work out how the hell this works.

      Yet more appeasement to keep big clubs in the competition.

      If you're not good enough to qualify and consider yourself big enough then tough sh*t and do better next time.
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      Reply #7: Apr 20, 2021 02:45:50 pm
      Can't even be bothered to work out how the hell this works.

      Yet more appeasement to keep big clubs in the competition.

      If you're not good enough to qualify and consider yourself big enough then tough sh*t and do better next time.

      The irony is that the "big clubs" are being made to feel small by small clubs who suddenly have very deep pockets.  You cannot in one breath condemn the ESL breakaway clubs and on the next act like the current model is anything worth defending.  Chelsea and City have proven that the only qualifier for being a "big club" is lots and lots of money....

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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #8: Apr 20, 2021 03:20:29 pm
      The irony is that the "big clubs" are being made to feel small by small clubs who suddenly have very deep pockets.  You cannot in one breath condemn the ESL breakaway clubs and on the next act like the current model is anything worth defending.  Chelsea and City have proven that the only qualifier for being a "big club" is lots and lots of money....

      https://www.getyarn.io/yarn-clip/a3da4471-2c57-4767-9e84-378cade1744c#rsGDi-rx.copy

      Don't think the ESL didn't have this in their pocket....they jumped this announcement knowing that UEFA would have a hard time decrying their move when they announce their own money grab.
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      Reply #9: Apr 20, 2021 03:30:59 pm
      Don't think the ESL didn't have this in their pocket....they jumped this announcement knowing that UEFA would have a hard time decrying their move when they announce their own money grab.

      That's the point -- it's crooks stealing from thieves, and the thieves have the audacity to whinge that it's not fair...

      The only ones I genuinely feel sorry for are the local fans and the lower league clubs.  But FIFA/UEFA and the FA can sit on a fist. 

      The sad thing is that I think this could have been avoided if FIFA/UEFA and the governing FA's had the stones to implement salary caps and transfer spending regulations.  In my opinion, this all started with Abramovic back in 2004.  They sat by and allowed him to buy success rather than build it, and then to reap the financial rewards of suddenly being a "big club" with a global audience -- that was the beginning of the end. 
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      Reply #10: Apr 20, 2021 04:00:28 pm
      "Champions" league my ass!
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      Reply #11: Apr 20, 2021 05:49:09 pm
      Its all very interesting.

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      Reply #12: Apr 21, 2021 09:21:27 am
      I'm disappointed that even a small proportion of that outrage over ESL hasn't been directed at UEFA for this mess. No more tension of playing same team over two legs, even more fixture congestion and a careful redesign to ensure even more cash can be squeezed out of the game.

      This is what UEFA have posted on their site:

      "There is a reason that European football is one of the world’s most successful and popular sports. It never stands still."

      - no you utter parasitic vampires, the reason why it's so successful is because the core format is beautiful and perfect. It's the likes of you that keep tinkering with it to line your pockets and severing the game from their roots - the common folk who love the game more than you ever will.
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #13: Apr 21, 2021 09:25:40 am
      this all started with Abramovic back in 2004.  They sat by and allowed him to buy success

      Exactly, FA, FIFA and UEFA failed to act then. Even when they had a golden opportunity to correct the mistake with FFP, they failed. They failed the game, the clubs and the fans.

      I've no issue with money men trying their luck, that's what they do, they're opportunists and they will always be around. But it's the governing bodies' sole job to protect the game and govern with the interest of the game at heart.

      They long lost the right to govern and do not have the God given right to be custodians of the beautiful game. Dream would be that the government acts to move 51% of each club into the hands of the fans.
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      Reply #14: Apr 21, 2021 01:39:37 pm
      So how many more games?
      Jürgen has already complained about the number of games, and expressed concerns to EUFA - and said that they aren't listening.

      Hope this ESL thing serves as a catalyst for change at EUFA level too.
      And something has to be done about spiralling transfer fees and player wages - otherwise the playing field will never be level.
      Though maybe the richer clubs would oppose that, who knows :(
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      Reply #15: Apr 21, 2021 01:40:38 pm
      Yes this has slide in under the radar quite nicely for UEFA.
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      Reply #16: Apr 21, 2021 01:53:53 pm
      Yep - people are pointing fingers at the clubs and praising the likes of UEFA and co whilst this has happened
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      Reply #17: Apr 21, 2021 01:55:57 pm
      Yep - people are pointing fingers at the clubs and praising the likes of UEFA and co whilst this has happened

      I haven’t read anything on here praising UEFA or really anywhere else

      Slipped through the net maybe but certainly aren’t being praised

      They, like FSG are just greedy cu*ts
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      Reply #18: Apr 21, 2021 01:56:43 pm
      Yes this has slide in under the radar quite nicely for UEFA.

      ESL basically doing them a bit of a favor eh?

      Because this is a can of sh*t as well.
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      Reply #19: Apr 21, 2021 01:57:49 pm
      Yep - people are pointing fingers at the clubs and praising the likes of UEFA and co whilst this has happened

      I actually think people don't realise what their angry about maybe?

      I think it's the sheer greed, too much money, self interest of clubs, sky high prices, lack of traditional values.

      None of this is going away just because the Super League isn't now happening.

      FSG are part of a much bigger problem that I don't think will ever go away without proper and true reform of the game and it's structure.
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      Reply #20: Apr 21, 2021 01:59:03 pm
      I actually think people don't realise what their angry about maybe?

      I think it's the sheer greed, too much money, self interest of clubs, sky high prices, lack of traditional values.

      None of this is going away just because the Super League isn't now happening.

      FSG are part of a much bigger problem that I don't think will ever go away without proper and true reform of the game and it's structure.

      Yep - big issues within the game - wages, agent fees , Telly rights , transfer fees -big issues that no one will tackle
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      Reply #21: Apr 21, 2021 07:26:25 pm
      Yep - big issues within the game - wages, agent fees , Telly rights , transfer fees -big issues that no one will tackle

      Yes big issues no one wants to sort but after whats just gone on maybe its time for the supporters to stand up and remind who the real supporters are
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      Reply #22: Apr 21, 2021 07:29:58 pm
      Champions league is already boring: now it’s just even more saturated boredom.

      The only fun games are usually found in knock out.

      Make it all knock out.

      Oh, I forgot. Teams want the money.
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      Reply #23: Apr 21, 2021 08:25:28 pm
      Yes big issues no one wants to sort but after whats just gone on maybe its time for the supporters to stand up and remind who the real supporters are


      What do you think the supporters can do about the wages , transfer fees , agents etc
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      Reply #24: Apr 21, 2021 09:01:54 pm
      The supporters being the biggest part of the clubs have no say anywhere why not have respresentation on the boards of football clubs and representatives on the Premier league and FA, but as usual the fan is last in line, we should flex are mussel and maybe remind these selfish bas**rds who pay there wages
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      Reply #25: Apr 21, 2021 09:15:54 pm
      The supporters being the biggest part of the clubs have no say anywhere why not have respresentation on the boards of football clubs and representatives on the Premier league and FA, but as usual the fan is last in line, we should flex are mussel and maybe remind these selfish bas**rds who pay there wages


      It would be great but unfortunately we aren’t their main source of income - the foreign Telly rights and media rights gulf it.


      It stopped being about the fans a long time ago
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      Reply #26: Apr 21, 2021 09:22:12 pm
      Wether we are or are not their main income we as supporters still should have some say
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      Reply #27: Apr 21, 2021 09:27:13 pm
      Wether we are or are not their main income we as supporters still should have some say


      We all do have a say - we watch the sport or we don’t. They won’t have fans on boards. The first step clubs need to do is create links to fans groups but then which fan group will it be
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      Reply #28: Apr 21, 2021 09:46:43 pm

      We all do have a say - we watch the sport or we don’t. They won’t have fans on boards. The first step clubs need to do is create links to fans groups but then which fan group will it be

      Can't have the fans stopping their wage stream, but as you sat perhaps the only way to make them listen is to not go/watch
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      Reply #29: Apr 22, 2021 09:05:18 am
      180 CL group/league games from 2024. Up from 96 now.

      Yes there will be a few more 'top' games but there will also be a hell of a lot of Salzburg v FC Basel.

      And at the end of those 180 games you could finish 24th out of 36 in the table and still win the Champions League.

      Crackers.
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      Reply #30: Apr 22, 2021 10:08:55 am
      180 CL group/league games from 2024. Up from 96 now.

      Yes there will be a few more 'top' games but there will also be a hell of a lot of Salzburg v FC Basel.

      And at the end of those 180 games you could finish 24th out of 36 in the table and still win the Champions League.

      Crackers.

      Absolute madness.

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      Reply #31: Apr 22, 2021 10:17:49 am
      Yep - people are pointing fingers at the clubs and praising the likes of UEFA and co whilst this has happened

      And isn't that the biggest own goal of all of this? Once the 12 clubs had blew their load too early by announcing this ESL nonsense the attention was put on themselves and allowed UEFA to without backlash ruin another tournament all in the name of their own greed.

      The last thing the competition needed from a viewing perspective was an even more bloated format.

      The last thing the clubs needed was even more fixtures into the calendar.

      All these 12 clubs have managed to do is make themselves the bad guys in the eyes of the public and in doing so have lost any leverage over every single governing body they play under.
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      Reply #32: Apr 22, 2021 10:20:34 am
      And isn't that the biggest own goal of all of this? Once the 12 clubs had blew their load too early by announcing this ESL nonsense the attention was put on themselves and allowed UEFA to without backlash ruin another tournament all in the name of their own greed.

      The last thing the competition needed from a viewing perspective was an even more bloated format.

      The last thing the clubs needed was even more fixtures into the calendar.

      All these 12 clubs have managed to do is make themselves the bad guys in the eyes of the public and in doing so have lost any leverage over every single governing body they play under.

      Agree. Beggars belief that UEFA think we want more football.

      Players are stretched enough to the limit as it is without adding more seemingly meaningless games to the CL.

      That's not even taking into consideration this weird new Champions Conference League or whatever it's called starting next season.
      « Last Edit: Apr 22, 2021 11:18:46 am by srslfc »
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      Reply #33: Apr 22, 2021 10:33:24 am
      180 CL group/league games from 2024. Up from 96 now.

      Yes there will be a few more 'top' games but there will also be a hell of a lot of Salzburg v FC Basel.

      And at the end of those 180 games you could finish 24th out of 36 in the table and still win the Champions League.

      Crackers.

      talk about rinsing the life out of the game
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #34: Apr 22, 2021 11:40:55 am
      180 CL group/league games from 2024. Up from 96 now.

      Yes there will be a few more 'top' games but there will also be a hell of a lot of Salzburg v FC Basel.

      And at the end of those 180 games you could finish 24th out of 36 in the table and still win the Champions League.

      Crackers.

      A serious point from this, they are doubling the matches and will also run with there internationals which of course now includes the nations cup.

      They have been allowed a moeal high ground here they do not deserve. They dont give a sh*te about us or players either.

      Like the 12 owners UEFA only care about money. F**k them as much as anyone else involved in this
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      Reply #35: Apr 22, 2021 11:48:01 am
      Agree. Beggars belief that UEFA think we want more football.

      Players are stretched enough to the limit as it is without adding more seemingly meaningless games to the CL.

      That's not even taking into consideration this weird new Champions Conference League or whatever it's called starting next season.

      But they package the rights together and that is how the subscriptions and especially the advertising is sold. Heineken or whoever isn't counting on you watching 180 games, but the 10 Liverpool group games. Same for fans of other clubs. As access has improved over here, I've watched nearly every match we've played for more than 20 years now (increasingly). Eyeballs bring Ad money .

      The crime of it is, as you say, how bloated the schedule has become, with the resulting wear on the players themselves.

      Oh,and don't forget the expanded FIFA club world championship coming soon! :mad:
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      Reply #36: Apr 22, 2021 12:20:56 pm
      Just reading the UEFA president's remarks from today. What an arrogant jackass.
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      Reply #37: Apr 22, 2021 01:41:36 pm
      Just reading the UEFA president's remarks from today. What an arrogant jackass.


      Yea, one thing that was always going to suck was that whoever blinked in this standoff was going to give the other side a lot of ammunition to think they were now the top dog. So UEFA and FIFA will believe they can do whatever they want because they staved off this "coup".
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      Reply #38: Apr 22, 2021 01:46:27 pm
      Just reading the UEFA president's remarks from today. What an arrogant jackass.

      Haven't read his remarks yet, but this UEFA vs ESL was really a matter of who you hate most. One side you have UEFA and their corrupt organization and the other having to listen to Perez talk about the ESL and saving the sport. Wish there had been a scenario where both lost.
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      Reply #39: Apr 22, 2021 01:56:14 pm
      Haven't read his remarks yet, but this UEFA vs ESL was really a matter of who you hate most. One side you have UEFA and their corrupt organization and the other having to listen to Perez talk about the ESL and saving the sport. Wish there had been a scenario where both lost.

      Not really true.
      The ESL debacle gave people an excuse to pursue their agenda against FSG.

      It was a massive fuckup, no doubt, but the reactions of some, whilst ignoring UEFA are pretty over the top.

      I especially love the people going on about "competition" and the "football pyramid" as if they give a f**k, rather than just using it to virtue signal.
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      Reply #40: Apr 22, 2021 02:04:47 pm
      Not really true.
      The ESL debacle gave people an excuse to pursue their agenda against FSG.

      It was a massive fuckup, no doubt, but the reactions of some, whilst ignoring UEFA are pretty over the top.

      That, and some people show their hypocrisy with always complaining that we don't spend enough and then suddenly turning virtuous about the ESL which would have allowed to the team spend at higher levels. Make no mistake though, come summer transfer window these same "anti capitalism" people will be posting a laundry list of players they want to buy headlined by Mbappe and Haaland.

      This ESL was a f**k up for sure, no doubt about it, and when people are upset about the history of the club, fans, etc i completely agree with it. But when the outrage is over FSG being greedy to me that is just crocodile tears.

      It does suck that UEFA comes out of this looking a bit like the victim of the 12 ESL teams and with a higher sense of power now that this ESL break out was shut down in 48 hours.
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      Reply #41: Apr 22, 2021 02:05:35 pm
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56842442

      Perez now saying the super league is inevitable and will go ahead at some point.
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      Reply #42: Apr 22, 2021 02:12:24 pm
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56842442

      Perez now saying the super league is inevitable and will go ahead at some point.

      It’s been inevitable since 92 , they said the same in 98 and all the other times they have tried
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      Reply #43: Apr 22, 2021 02:19:02 pm
      I was thinking earlier I wish we could see a time and this could be it in a perfect world (I know I know) that this could have been the time to start again and give everyone a better footballing world at the top end

      Maybe the top clubs get a bit more
      Maybe UEFA get more/the high ground plus the facilitators of footballs best competition
      Maybe fans get their perfect football experience

      I am a massive boxing fan as well as football, and to an extent this smacks of too many governing bodies wanting to be the pinnacle of the sport
      You have the WBC the WBA the WBO and the IBO, then all of those have their silver champions, their mandatory champions, their franchise champions when in truth what all boxing fans would want is to know who is the world champion in each weight class

      But in football terms these could have got their heads together and created the best of both worlds

      The Champions league could have reverted back to something similar to the old European Cup, the Champion's of each league fighting to be the best in Europe
      The Super League could have become what the champions league was, two divisions of 15, promotion and relegation and the best against the best in a consistent league

      As I said, I know I know this is perfect pie in the sky thinking but that's something Maybe we could have all got behind and ultimately been excited for

      All we have though is batching and fighting, shame and drawn out arguments
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #44: Apr 22, 2021 03:05:40 pm
      Can anybody with more knowledge then me, explain how it will work and wtf is going on? Will there be top 4 from PL going into CL? i have read somewhere that the team UEFA consider top, will be getting automatic CL place? is that true and are we considered a top team by UEFA?
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #45: Apr 22, 2021 03:18:10 pm
      Can anybody with more knowledge then me, explain how it will work and wtf is going on? Will there be top 4 from PL going into CL? i have read somewhere that the team UEFA consider top, will be getting automatic CL place? is that true and are we considered a top team by UEFA?

      It’s based on the UEFA club ranking, so the highest ranked team (or teams, not sure if it’s more than one place) that didn’t qualify to the CL via national league (or winning CL/EL) qualifies.
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #46: Apr 22, 2021 11:09:50 pm
      It’s based on the UEFA club ranking, so the highest ranked team (or teams, not sure if it’s more than one place) that didn’t qualify to the CL via national league (or winning CL/EL) qualifies.

      2 teams were supposed to get in by this avenue. The club coefficient is based on their historic performance in European play. Normally it goes back back seasons, not sure if that is the same time span they are/were going to use to determine which two extra teams get in.

      If that is the only thing lost to the breakaway clubs, it is not that big of a deal for them as far as retribution goes.
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #47: Apr 23, 2021 07:42:04 am
      Historic European cup wins from 2024 will now give permanent points towards coefficient.

      Although Im struggling to find the article that explains this.
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #48: Apr 23, 2021 11:29:20 am
      Can anyone confirm.if the UEFA president took a salary increase, a substantial one, during the pandemic?
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #49: Apr 23, 2021 11:05:34 pm
      So the old Saturday/Wednesday/Sunday fixture will now become a Saturday/Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday routine.

      Rock on.
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #50: Apr 23, 2021 11:49:59 pm
      180 CL group/league games from 2024. Up from 96 now.

      Yes there will be a few more 'top' games but there will also be a hell of a lot of Salzburg v FC Basel.

      And at the end of those 180 games you could finish 24th out of 36 in the table and still win the Champions League.

      Crackers.

      Shambles.
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #51: Apr 24, 2021 07:26:44 am
      I believe it's like another 100 CL games which will work out an extra 6 more games.  :f_doh: Don't ask me how that fits into the current campaign. I thought there was talking of reducing how many game we played in a calendar year not increasing it.  :f_doh: No doubt more injuries across the board when this goes ahead.  :f_steam:
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      Re: UEFA expand Champions League to 36 teams from 2024
      Reply #52: Apr 24, 2021 10:49:15 am
      It's a real shame we've not been able to get any energy going towards kicking off at this.

      Just a watered down ESL really and needs binning off asap.

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