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Hit on the table! The UEFA approves the new Champions League

Published:19/04/2021 - 18:16h

Updated:19/04/2021 - 21:35h

In an Executive Committee marked by the creation of the Superliga, the UEFA approved the reform of the Champions League and expanded to 36 the number of teams from 2024

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The UEFA approved unanimously the enlargement and reformación of the Champions League from 2024 in an Executive Committee marked by the unsteadiness ocasionada by the announcement of the Superliga. In spite of the direct threat that supposes that 12 of his main teams have decided to form part of a parallel tournament, the maximum continental organism continued forward in his plans and announced the reform of the Champions with 36 teams and 10 minimum commitments to contest each one, four more than the required up to now.

The maximum European body decided to accept the proposal of the ECA (Association of European Clubs), totally descabezada after his president, Andrea Agnelli, representative of the Juventus, and other members of the 12 dissident clubs took the determination to abandon the organism that the engloba. Even, Agnelli was quoted to form part of the Committee for being member, but of course did not participate.

Revolutionary format

In the middle of the wait of hypothetical negotiations between Superliga and UEFA, the new Champions League will be 36 -no 32- the clubs participants in the contest, and each one of them will have to contest a minimum of 10 commitments, by the six statutory at present. The big leagues requested that they went five his representatives and no four those that could classify, but the four new squares will be delivered among others lower countries.

The main characteristic revolutionary comes of the format. There will be division by groups, but it will be a league of 36 teams, all against all. Each team, depending on his ranking, will contest two parties in front of another of his equal, three in front of pertaining clubs to the bass drum 2, three in front of the ones of the bass drum 3 and two in front of the ones of the bass drum 4. The eight better of the league would classify directly to eighth of final, and will contest a playoff between the ninth and the vigesimocuarto to define the another eight qualifiers. The losers of this competition, would have a ticket ensured to Europe League.

Final Four and split the Thursdays

The change to a common league with 36 teams will not be the only novelty of this new Champions League, but also they will contest commitments the Thursdays. Generally, the days were contested between Tuesday and Wednesday, reserving the Thursdays for the Europe League and the new Conference League, but now will have two exclusive weeks of Champions in which they will contest corresponding commitments to the League of Champions the three days of theweek . These two weeks, will not play neither the UEL neither the UECL, by what will not coincide the competitions.

Another new factor is the possibility to include a final four in replacement of the semifinals. This idea still has to be subjected to analysis, as it would finish with the current system of two semifinals to double party, to gather to the four qualifiers in a same headquarters and contest said instance to an only party. Something similar to what sucedió the past summer in Lisbon when the competition was restarted.

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