UEFA confirm four automatic CL spots for Premier League

Date published: Friday 26th August 2016 10:44

Champions League: Four automatic spots for PL

Champions League: Four automatic spots for PL

UEFA have announced Europe’s leading leagues in their co-efficient rankings will all have automatic qualification for top-four finishers.

Under the current system there are automatic spots for the top three English, Spanish and German clubs, with a fourth having to qualify through a play-off.

In Italy only the top two qualify automatically with third contesting a play-off, which their clubs have failed to negotiate for the last three seasons.

The move, which is understood to have been championed by representatives from Spain and Italy, has partly been driven by the potential threat of a breakaway European Super League by top clubs

Other changes implemented by UEFA, to take effect in 2018 when the new three-year commercial cycle begins, will see clubs judged on their own records, deleting the country share for the individual club coefficient unless that coefficient is lower than 20 per cent of the association’s coefficient.

Historical success in the competition will also be acknowledged in coefficient calculation with points awarded for previous European titles while financial distribution to clubs will be increased significantly for both the Champions League and Europa League.

The Champions League will continue to have a 32-team group stage and a 16-club knockout phase and the Europa League remains at 48 teams, although in a new development the winners will automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage as currently they can potentially take part in a play-off round.

“The evolution of UEFA’s club competitions is the result of a wide-ranging consultative process involving all stakeholders and taking into account a wide range of expertise and perspectives,” said UEFA general secretary ad interim Theodore Theodoridis.

“The amendments made will continue to ensure qualification based on sporting merit, and the right of all associations and their clubs to compete in Europe’s elite club competitions.

“We are happy that European football remains united behind the concepts of solidarity, fair competition, fair distribution and good governance.”

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    Mark Scott
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    UEFA have announced Europe’s leading leagues in their co-efficient rankings will all have automatic qualification for top-four finishers.

    [See the full post at: UEFA confirm four automatic CL spots for Premier League]

    #1185648
    srd79
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    This is just crap. It’ll leave 5 spots for the rest of Europe to fight for. The rich will get richer, and the big leagues basically got a version of their Superleague.

    I can only see this as a step in the wrong direction.

    #1185714

    Johnny Utah
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    Correct SRD79, the “Champions” League is a joke. This decision shows how much of a farce it actually is.

    #1185744
    srd79
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    Spot on, Johnny. Four automatic spots for England, Spain, Germany and Italy and so on. It’s basically almost impossible for the Scandinavian clubs and the Scottish clubs (just to mention a few) to break into the CL now. The big leagues will be milking the cashcow even more than ever, and all other clubs will have to work even harder than ever with much less money and chance of succes.

    It’s distasteful, in my opinion.

    #1185747
    srd79
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    And on another note, Johnny, I remember we had a bit of a fall out long time ago on Footypace. I don’t know if you remember, but in any case I’m sorry about that one.

    #1185762

    Johnny Utah
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    No worries SRD79, I apologise as well, life is too short. No point holding grudges!

    #1185834
    Manthistle
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    Could it actually make it easier for the ‘lesser’ teams to qualify now. If you were Celtic for example, in the 3rd qualifying round would you rather draw a team like Manchester City or FC Copenhagen to qualify for the group stages? With teams like City already qualified does it not leave the ‘lesser’ teams to fight it out against the other ‘lesser’ teams for the remaining spots instead of the ‘lesser’ teams up against the ‘elite’ teams and 9 times out of 10 losing out?

    #1185963
    redblood
    redblood
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    Johnny & SRD79-I apologise too gents,group hug??.

    #1185975
    steveosnakeeye
    steveosnakeeye
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    I predict

    Arsenal will finish 2nd in the group having scraped though with a much needed win in the last game having “shockingly” lost or drawn the first few matches

    this will be celebrated like we have just won the CL itself and then when we face Barca/Bayern in the next round, 1 st leg will be home where we choke and are lucky to come away with a 2-0 loss, we then turn up for the second leg and play marginally better creating several half chances that are not taken by our wasteful squad and go out with our illustrious manager telling everyone he could have and nearly did by the young player that schooled us and scored the goals when they where 3 years old

    seriously if one of the bookies had that exact scenario going ……………this time next year id be a millionaire rodders!!

    #1186029
    Gunjam74
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    Its been a shambles for decades…When was the last time we actually had a final that involved two actual Domestic Champions…or at least 1 domestic Champion and the previous title holder…The Rich Get Richer and the Poor get poorer and we still have Wenger for years because we manage to get our feet under the big table for a short period of time…

    I may be getting old and nostalgic but I miss finals like Forest v Malmo, Steaua v Barca (even though it was probably the worst final ever)….this years final is yawn thats a surprise and yawn oh was not expecting that…

    #1186035

    Johnny Utah
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    MT, 16 teams are now straight in. Does that not mean there are less places to play for in qualifying? How can this be better for the other European leagues? It’s a joke. The next change will be certain clubs are guaranteed entry each year, no matter were they finish in their league

    Dr RB, by hug you mean prostate exam, dont you? I am not falling for that one again!

    #1186155

    Mikus
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    I flagged this up a few weeks ago. All about the money unsurprisingly. More info here…

    http://www.espnfc.co.uk/blog/marcotti-musings/62/post/2930404/uefa-champions-league-structural-changes-as-explained-by-gab-marcotti

    #1186164

    Mikus
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    Johnny quite, read the above link – the big clubs were threatening to break away and also wanted a heritage place, regardless of where they finished. All very depressing but predictable.

    #1186224
    steveosnakeeye
    steveosnakeeye
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    in all fairness the LEAST they can do is rename it away from the “champions” league ….

    #1186293
    number_seven
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    Joke of a competition. I’m so glad we deliberately avoided it in favour of the Europa…

    #1186389
    srd79
    srd79
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    Agreed, John! 🙂

    Redblood: Cybergrouphugs all around. It’s the only manly thing to do! 😀

    #1186410
    srd79
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    Manthistle, with the new CL fewer places in the competition will be available. How can it possibly make it easier to the Celtics and FC Copenhagens of the world to get into the promised land of the CL?

    I think it’s very clear: The big boys from England, Italy, Germany and Spain along with littlebrother France and a few others have succesfully parked the bus Mourinho style. They have secured FOUR automatic spots in the group stages. Fewer teams from less fancy leagues will enter as a result. This only serves to keep the rich getting richer and making the gap between big leagues and smaller leagues even greater. As a result I’m sure we’ll see even more talent fromt these smaller leagues headhuntet willingly to bigger clubs from the bigger leagues. Club football in Scandinavia, Scotland, the Balkans and so on will just die a slow death as a result.

    Well done, UEFA. Bunch of sad wankers. UEFA, that is.

    #1186413
    redblood
    redblood
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    Johnny-You are too young for prostate exam,surely???.And no,didn`t mean that,just an all around group hug,and apologies,and as our bacon loving,Danish friend says,a very manly thing to do.Lol
    So my sincere apologies,for calling you a sheep-shagger.

    #1186428

    Johnny Utah
    Participant

    Yes I am too young my rubber glove wearing friend, I was joking!

    #1186431
    redblood
    redblood
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    But you still love Carrick,and that`s not a joke.And you still believe Carrick is better than Pirlo,Alonso,Xavi,Iniesta and Modric-combined.

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