New CL proposals: “Swiss system” favoured by clubs

Blueknows

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Not sure if there is a thread for this feel free to move if so.....
what are peoples thoughts on the new proposals ? If var isn't already killing the game this would be another nail in the coffin..
The new Champions League proposals would scrap the existing format of eight groups, each consisting of four teams, with the top two in each group advancing into the last 16.
Instead, there would be 32 teams in one division and each side would play 10 matches against 10 different opponents, with the top eight qualifying for the round of 16.

Teams finishing between ninth and 24th would then face a two-legged play-off to join them in the knockout phase.
In order to fit the competition into English football's schedule, the Carabao Cup semi-finals, currently played over two legs, would resort to a one-off match, with FA Cup replays also scrapped.
 

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So you could finish 24th and still be.. the champions.. or finish top of the league but not win the competition? It's like giving UEFA another veto on crowning the winners.

Yes that sounds like a wonderful idea, perfectly complimenting their recent change in the distribution money to ensure teams of historical importance to UEFA competitions get a payout even if they haven't qualified for years.

How do teams become historically important to UEFA competitions and quality for this freebie? Well, for one they have to have enough influence and power to sit at UEFA meetings and make important decisions like how prize money and advertising revenue should be distributed.

This idea is fuelled by profiteering, make no mistake. Increasing the number of games to 10 at entry level from 6, I can't see the English teams liking that without domestic restructures, and the premier league remains more profitable and arguably the bigger competition worldwide.
 

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It will be interesting to see how they work out which 10 teams of the 31 other teams do each team play.
How much ‘historical’ coefficient comes into play I wonder?
Will they keep teams from the same country separate still?
 

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In other words, the current CL format is shite, and UEFA wants to try to reinvigorate the competition.
 

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The knock out stages last year were well worth a watch even though we ended up on the shit side of it. Why not go back to an open draw where every game means something? It gets to the last two games of the group stage and they are normally meaningless.

The league cup and Fa cup throws up good games as it’s win or bust every minute of the game. The champions league only becomes exciting in February when the format changes and the dicks at Uefa need to realise that.
 

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A league of 32 teams, and you only play 10 matches..... who comes up with shit like this? Pathetic. The only problem with the current format (if you ignore all the coefficient bollocks that means it is mostly the same teams every year) is that it has been the same for years. But that shouldn't mean a new ridiculous format will make it better. More matches would be a disaster, but it is all about revenue for UEFA and their sponsors.
 

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A league of 32 teams, and you only play 10 matches..... who comes up with shit like this? Pathetic. The only problem with the current format (if you ignore all the coefficient bollocks that means it is mostly the same teams every year) is that it has been the same for years. But that shouldn't mean a new ridiculous format will make it better. More matches would be a disaster, but it is all about revenue for UEFA and their sponsors.
Its all about more revenue, but its the clubs that are driving it (including City). If anything the threat is to break away from UEFA because the big clubs don't want to share "their" income with the like of Red Star Belgrade, Celtic, Olympiacos.

As soon as the Premier League clubs are confident they will not be worse off overall (a reduction of PL games means they'll lose PL income), they'll be in full support of any changes.
 

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