Interesting news on Tuesday morning, that the Champions League and Europa League are going to be joined by a new third competition.
BBC Sport report that UEFA are planning to bring in the new competition as early as 2021.
As well as being Chairman of Juventus, Andrea Agnelli is also head of the European Club Association
He says that the ‘green light’ has been given, with details of exactly how the competition will be organised, to be revealed later.
More mature readers will recall that there were actually three European club competitions in the past.
You had the European Cup (now CHAMPIONS League) which was bizarrely, actually for the very best (Champions) club from each country.
Then you had the Cup Winners Cup, for the clubs that won Cups in their countries.
Then the UEFA Cup for clubs that finished behind the Champions of each country.
All the competitions were two-legged straight knockout each round and were exciting, plus anybody could be drawn against anybody.
Now of course we have everything structured to try and ensure the same small group of clubs get through to the final stages each year, with seedings etc., though only after endless money spinning match after match, many of them meaningless in the later group stages.
In the past 10 years in the Champions League, it has actually only been won three times by the club who had won their domestic league title the season before. In fact, before Real Madrid who won it in 2018, the previous six years all saw the CL won by a team who hadn’t qualified as champions of their domestic league.
In the past decade, of the 20 finalists, only seven had won their domestic league title to qualify.
With so many people complaining about the Europa League, it will be interesting to see exactly what they come up with this third/lesser new European competition.
European qualification not exactly what Newcastle fans are worrying about at this moment in time.
Uefa plans to introduce a third European club competition alongside the Champions League and Europa League from 2021.
Head of the European Club Association, Andrea Agnelli, said “the green light has been given”, pending approval.
He did not give any more details on how the tournament would be organised or when it would be staged.
Agnelli, who is also chairman of Italian champions Juventus, said: “The current model needs modernising.”
Speaking at the annual general assembly of the ECA in Croatia, he added: “A detailed assessment of the existing international match calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024.”