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Sport UEFA 'could expand the Champions League to 36 teams in drastic change'

15:40  20 october  2020
15:40  20 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Talks could gather pace in the coming weeks Credit: AFP. Uefa are ready to consider radical plans to increase the size of the Champions League to 36 While an increase in the number of teams in the Champions League group stages to 36 would be seen as a further power grab by Europe’s biggest

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Uefa are considering plans to increase the number of teams competing in the Champions League group stages from 32 to 36 from the 2024-25 season and are considering whether the single-country, one-leg format from last season's knockout stages should be included in the revamp.

The proposals give the competition's heavyweights their wish of more high-profile fixtures and also hand more spots to teams from less-heralded European leagues, with last season being the first time in the competition's history that the knockout stage solely consisted of teams from Europe's top five leagues: the Bundesliga, Serie A, LaLiga, Ligue 1 and the Premier League.

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The 2021–22 UEFA Champions League will be the 67th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA , and the 30th season since it was renamed from the European

The UEFA Champions League (abbreviated as UCL) is an annual club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations ( UEFA )

Under the plans, each side would play 10 group matches, with one idea being a six-teams-of-six format where every team in the group plays each other home and away. The top teams would advance to the round of 16 as normal, with the four best third-placed teams joining them.

a group of people posing for a photo: Bayern Munich won the competition last season when they defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 © Provided by Daily Mail Bayern Munich won the competition last season when they defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 a group of people playing football on a field: Stars like Alphonso Davies and Kylian Mbappe could come up against each other more often © Provided by Daily Mail Stars like Alphonso Davies and Kylian Mbappe could come up against each other more often

The other option would see each side play 10 different opponents once, with these opponents decided by a seeding system to ensure that every team has a fixture list with a similar level of difficulty. All the teams would be ranked in one table and the top 16 teams would then progress to the knockout stage.

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Uefa 's format change could see Champions League and Europa semis-finals played as one-off tiesCredit: Reuters. When asked if that implied a Uefa will launch their new third-tier competition, the Europa Conference League - which includes a place for the winners of the Carabao Cup - next season.

UEFA are considering 'protecting' teams who reach the closing stages of the Champions League by guaranteeing them a spot in the following There are also discussions over a format that includes four groups of eight teams rather than eight of four, and expanding the competition to 40 or 48 clubs.

The latter idea seems to be growing in popularity, with a feeling that the current round-robin group format has become stale and the bonus for the top sides that they would come up against bigger opponents more often and bring in more broadcast revenue - a pertinent consideration in the age of Covid-19.

The pandemic has increased support for expanding the competition after initial suggestions to changing the Champions League's structure were met with a more lukewarm response earlier in the year.

A decision on whether to go ahead with a revamp could be taken next year with discussions set to resume in the coming weeks, reports The Telegraph.

a man playing a game of football: Manchester United and Liverpool's Project Big Picture plan wanted more European fixtures © Provided by Daily Mail Manchester United and Liverpool's Project Big Picture plan wanted more European fixtures a group of people watching a football game: The 2019-20 Champions League knockout stage only included teams from five countries © Provided by Daily Mail The 2019-20 Champions League knockout stage only included teams from five countries

Despite Project Big Picture being shelved after a backlash from clubs outside the top six, along with its proposal to scrap FA Cup replays and the Carabao Cup to create room for more European fixtures, England's biggest teams still want extra space in the calendar set aside for more games against continental giants.

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With the UEFA Champions League licence with PES ending this year and as yet not been I hope pes doesn't lose the champions league as it could hurt the game but would love to see FIFA's take on it. Needs an editor to add kits to teams not licensed or missing kits etc, ad boards for competitions

The 2020–21 UEFA Champions League is the 66th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA , and the 29th season since it was renamed from the European

Smaller leagues are also calling for less of a disparity between the prize money for reaching the Europa League and the Champions League in order to improve the depth of European men's football.

However, the chief executive of the Swiss Football League Claudius Schaefer feels that even if a breakaway European Super League doesn't come to pass, the Champions League could mirror those plans, with the gap between the best and the rest growing ever wider.

'If it goes in this direction, it would be a terrible, terrible, terrible landmark for European football,' he said.

a close up of a man: Bruno Fernandes will captain Man Utd on Tuesday evening in place of Harry Maguire in Paris © Provided by Daily Mail Bruno Fernandes will captain Man Utd on Tuesday evening in place of Harry Maguire in Paris

The group stage of this season's Champions League kicks off tonight, with Chelsea hosting Sevilla and Manchester United facing Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side pulled off a famous win to progress to the quarter-finals of Europe's premier club competition in March 2019.

Bruno Fernandes will captain the Red Devils on Tuesday evening after Harry Maguire was ruled out of the encounter against the French champions through injury.

Liverpool and Manchester City will play Ajax and Porto respectively on Wednesday.

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