UEFA confirm "Europa League 2"

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UEFA confirm "Europa League 2"

Post by Jay29 on Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:30 pm

A third European competition with the working title 'Europa League 2' will be introduced from 2021, Uefa has confirmed.

The seventh-placed team from the Premier League will enter the play-offs of the new tournament.

As part of Uefa's 2021-2024 cycle, the Europa League will be halved in size to 32 teams with an extra play-off round between the group stage and last 16.

The new tournament will be played on Thursdays alongside the Europa League.

Every country's champions will still enter the Champions League, but the other teams from smaller countries will go straight into 'UEL2' qualifying instead of the Europa League's early rounds.

The new competition and Europa League will have the same format - eight groups of four teams with the winners going into the last 16. There will be a play-off before that round for the teams who finish second in the group and sides who finish third in the groups of the higher tournament.

The winners of the tournament will qualify for the following season's Europa League.

The Champions League format does not change.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said: "The new competition makes Uefa's club competitions more inclusive than ever before. There will be more matches for more clubs, with more associations represented in the group stages.

"This competition was born out of ongoing dialogue with clubs through the European Club Association."

At least 34 countries will have teams in a group stage, compared to 26 at the moment.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46421656
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Post by Art Morte on Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:39 pm

I like it.
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Re: UEFA confirm "Europa League 2"

Post by sportsczy on Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:44 pm

Next, we'll have a European cup for relegation teams.

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Re: UEFA confirm "Europa League 2"

Post by Arquitescu on Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:46 pm

Terrible idea. Basically a participation medal and a total cash-in for the organization.

Reminds me of when the fat or non-athletically talented kid is picked for the sports team out of sympathy instead of merit; to which is a terrible concept as it is.


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Post by sportsczy on Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:49 pm

Arqi... in the US youth levels, everyone on the team sheet has to play Laughing You don't have sub limits...

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Post by El Gunner on Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:52 pm

Not a bad idea.

Doesn't affect any of the big teams and it skins down the Europa League.

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Re: UEFA confirm "Europa League 2"

Post by sportsczy on Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:54 pm

Here's a big problem with it... mid table teams DO NOT have the squad depth to play 2 games a week. Just don't. So what's going to happen is that they're going to put a bunch of b team players in for this one.

You already can't get teams to line up their top team for Europa. What makes you think they're going to do it for Europa B?

No way in hell they're going to jeopardize league points for a crappy cup.

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Re: UEFA confirm "Europa League 2"

Post by Arquitescu on Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:04 pm

@sportsczy wrote:Arqi... in the US youth levels, everyone on the team sheet has to play Laughing You don't have sub limits...


Ridiculous and may just say a lot on why US football is so dire and overplayed by certain individuals from their media or fans.

Great point on how mid table clubs will never waste their resources for this. Can only see countries below Top 7 coefficients fighting for this.

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Post by Art Morte on Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:08 pm

@sportsczy wrote:Here's a big problem with it... mid table teams DO NOT have the squad depth to play 2 games a week. Just don't. So what's going to happen is that they're going to put a bunch of b team players in for this one.

You already can't get teams to line up their top team for Europa. What makes you think they're going to do it for Europa B?

No way in hell they're going to jeopardize league points for a crappy cup.


It's mainly a competition for clubs from smaller European leagues who are happy to have any kind of European games + it's a nice change for their fans to get some European games, too. If the big-5 leagues want to play their b or youth teams I don't think that's a problem. We're not talking about a top class competition here.
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Re: UEFA confirm "Europa League 2"

Post by Kaladin on Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:23 pm



Can we get a #ThankYouInfantino chant at Old Trafford?

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Post by Jonathan28 on Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:36 pm

@sportsczy wrote:Arqi... in the US youth levels, everyone on the team sheet has to play Laughing  You don't have sub limits...


Tbh, I think this system is fine for the younger age group of kids, say like 3-7. Past that it shouldn't be a thing.

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Re: UEFA confirm "Europa League 2"

Post by Robespierre on Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:11 pm

It could be a good idea tbh
at least you streamline Europa League a bit, too many clubs, jumble of bad matches, if 2nd phases begins from Round of 16 and not Round of 32 is different and it is better .
Moreover you give dignity to the various East Europe teams /North European teams that aren't going out prematurely anymore but they can play for a title finally.

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Re: UEFA confirm "Europa League 2"

Post by BarcaLearning on Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:57 pm

Wouldnt mind it, more football to watch for us fans at least, we could see Man U consistently in it since thats where they belong nowadays Very Happy
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Re: UEFA confirm "Europa League 2"

Post by rincon on Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:11 pm

A Europa League of a closer level between the teams and then EL2 for smaller to shoot for a win.

Seems positive all around.
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Re: UEFA confirm "Europa League 2"

Post by Doc on Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:23 pm

So like the Cup Winners' Cup of ancient times? Or is the Europa League the Cup Winners' Cup and this new one would be like the UEFA Cup. Doesn't matter, better idea than FIFA's World Cup every two years shit.

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Re: UEFA confirm "Europa League 2"

Post by breva on Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:22 pm

There were three annual European competitions for many years. Champions Cup, Cup Winners Cup and Fairs (then Uefa) Cup.
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Post by Nishankly on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:48 am

Bring back the Championship Manager 2008 memories and get back the Intertoto Cup imo
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Re: UEFA confirm "Europa League 2"

Post by McLewis on Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:28 am

I like this idea a lot. Gives these smaller teams something attainable to play for and win continentally.

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