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Swiss System: UEFA Increase Teams Participation To 36, Introduce League Phase



Swiss System: UEFA Increases Teams Participation To 36, Introduce League Phase

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has announced the adoption of the “Swiss system” for European club competitions, increasing team participation from 32 to 36.

The Europe football administrative body disclosed this in a statement released on its website, stating that the new system will commence in the 2024/25 season.

The Swiss system will also see clubs play league phase instead of the conventional group stage, as the matches will be increased to 8 games per club.

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Below is a summary of the new swiss system format, according to the UEFA statement;

“Taking the total number of teams from 32 to 36 in the UEFA Champions League, the biggest change will see a transformation from the traditional group stage to a single league phase including all participating teams.

“Every club will now be guaranteed a minimum of 8 league stage games against 8 different opponents (four home games, four away) rather than the previous six matches against three teams, played on a home-and-away basis.

“The top eight sides in the league will qualify automatically for the knockout stage, while the teams finishing in ninth to 24th place will compete in a two-legged play-off to secure their path to the last 16 of the competition.

“Similar format changes will also be applied to the UEFA Europa League (8 matches in the league stage) and UEFA Europa Conference League (6 matches in the league stage) and both will also include 36 teams in the league phase.”

The President of UEFA, Aleksander Čeferin, speaking on the development, stated that the football body is fully committed to respecting the fundamental values of sport and to defending the key principle of open competitions

“We are convinced that the format chosen strikes the right balance and that it will improve the competitive balance and generate solid revenues that can be distributed to clubs, leagues, and into grassroots football across our continent while increasing the appeal and popularity of our club competitions,” Čeferin said.

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Nick Pope: Newcastle Confirms The Signing Of Goalie



Nick Pope: Newcastle Confirms The Signing Of Goalie

English Premier League Club, Newcastle United FC has confirmed the signing of English goalkeeper, Nick Pope.

The club made this revelation on its official website, as the shot-stopper is expected to be in the club until 2026.

“Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the signing of England international goalkeeper Nick Pope, who joins the club from Burnley for an undisclosed fee. The club stated.

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The manager of the team, Eddie Howe added praised the 30-years-old qualities, as he show his delight in him.

“Nick is an exceptional Premier League and international level goalkeeper so I’m very pleased to be adding strong competition to a very important position. Howe said.

“There has been a lot of interest in him from other clubs this summer, so I’d like to thank our owners and everyone behind the scenes for getting us ahead of the competition. I’m delighted he is joining us as we prepare for the exciting challenge ahead.”

Nick Pope will be the second player signed by the Magpies this season, after earlier signing left-back, Matthew Robert Targett.

What to know about the number 1;

The Soham-born goalkeeper has played eight times for his country, England.

He has also spent the past six seasons at Turf Moor, twice winning Burnley’s player of the year award and helping the Clarets to qualify for Europe in 2017/18.

He was named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year in 2019/20 when he kept 15 clean sheets throughout the campaign and made history last year as the first goalkeeper to keep clean sheets in his first six games for England.

Newcastle ownership;

Recall, that on the 7th of October 2021, the Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners, and RB Sports & Media confirmed that they had officially completed the acquisition of Newcastle United.

The Public Investment Fund is the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia.

It is among the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world with total estimated assets of $620 billion (£492 billion).

With the acquisition, Newcastle became the EPL club with the richest owner.

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BREAKING: Pogba Returns To Juventus For Free



Pogba Returns To Juventus For Free

French professional footballer, Paul Labile Pogba has returned to serial A side, Juventus on a free transfer.

This was disclosed by sports pundit, Fabrizio Romano, as the midfielder is expected to sign the contract in July.

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“Paul Pogba to Juventus, confirmed and here we go! Fabrizio tweeted.

The full agreement is now completed on a free transfer. Deal to be signed at the beginning of July, it’s done and sealed.

“Pogba will be in Italy in two weeks. Juve sold him for €100m six years ago – now he’s back for free.

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JUST IN: FG Lifts Ban On Nigeria Basketball Team



FG Lifts Ban On International Basketball Competitions

The Federal Government has lifted the ban on Nigeria’s basketball teams’ participation in international competitions.

This was revealed at a conference by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar.

This came after the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), sent a letter of appeal, signed by Mr. Musa Kida to the Buhari-led government.

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“Intervention by concerned stakeholders, former Nigerian international basketball players, and well-meaning Nigerians to seek solutions to the issues triggered the decision. Abubakar disclosed.

The lifted ban was also confirmed by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, stating that the suspension will last for two years.

‘The development would allow the government to concentrate on efforts to revamp the sport. The minister stated.

Recall, that President Muhammadu Buhari had in May approved the withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions.

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