UEFA Champions League set for overhauling

first_img As revealed by Mirror Sport last month, the ongoing quest from senior figures at UEFA to increase the number of matches in their biggest cash-cow could now see a return of a second group stage. That format existed between 1999 and 2003, only for the round of 16 to be reintroduced and remain to this day. Another option could see the current group stage revamped to include six groups of six teams, or even eight groups of six teams should the tournament be expanded to include 48 clubs. The Champions League featured two group phases between 1999 and 2003, including this memorable 2002 clash between Liverpool and Roma (Image: Daily Mirror)Advertisement The Champions League could be extended to include four extra rounds of fixtures from 2024 if UEFA’s proposals for revamping the competition get the go-ahead. However many clubs were added, the increase in games would leave teams facing 17 matchdays if they were to go all the way to the final, in place of the current 13 that Liverpool and Tottenham played on their way to the Madrid showpiece last season. It has also been suggested that clubs who reach the last four of the Champions League would automatically qualify for the group stage of the following season’s competition regardless of their league position domestically. The moves are said to head off the threat of the World Super League favoured by FIFA and clubs such as Real Madrid , with the extra European games bringing in more revenue for the top sides. Read Also:UEFA report lays bare growing wealth gap in European football The idea is opposed by the Premier League, and one element of fallout from the increased matches could be that the bigger clubs choose not to compete in the Carabao Cup. The tournament could then revert to one that is exclusively for sides not appearing in the Champions League, thereby lessening the appeal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The World9 Most Disturbing Movie Dystopias6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img

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