Swiss System: UEFA Increase 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.
Setback For Man United, As Sabitzer Joins List Of Injured Players
Marcel Sabitzer, a midfielder for Manchester United, has joined the list of injured players, raising concerns at Old Trafford.
The player experienced the setback prior to the team’s victory over Nottingham Forest on Sunday, as the club made this known in an official statement.
“Erik ten Hag revealed that Marcel Sabitzer suffered an injury in the warm-up before Manchester United’s 2-0 Premier League victory over Nottingham Forest.
“Antony and Diogo Dalot scored the decisive goals to ensure we took all three points from our trip to the City Ground.
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“Sabitzer had been named in our starting line-up to face Steve Cooper’s side, but his withdrawal from the XI due to injury was confirmed just moments before kick-off, with Christian Eriksen called into midfield in his place,” the club wrote.
Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez both had injuries in the middle of the week and now the Austrian is suffering from one as well. Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho are two additional players who are now sidelined with conditions.
Erik, though, is still optimistic that the on-loan midfielder from Bayern Munich will soon be able to compete for the Reds in their critical postseason run-in.
The Reds’ performance in Nottinghamshire was unaffected by the late news of Eriksen’s transfer to the starting lineup, though, and Erik was unsurprised by the manner Eriksen went in at the last minute after impressing off the bench in the prior two games.
According to the coach, Eriksen wouldn’t have had a start if Marcel Sabitzer hadn’t dropped out.
BREAKING: Bayern Munich Suspends Sadio Mané For Punching Sané
Sadio Mané has been suspended by Bayern Munich for punching Leroy Sané, after their altercation.
Sadio Mané had punched Sané in the dressing room following the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League.
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Terry Part Of Coaching Team, As Leicester City Appoints Dean Smith As Manager
Englishman, Dean Smith has been named as the new head coach of the English Premier League team, Leicester City.
The club made the announcement in an official statement, as former Chelsea defender, John Terry will be part of Smith’s coaching team.
“Leicester City Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Smith as the Club’s First Team Manager until the end of the 2022/23 season.
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“The former Norwich City, Aston Villa and Brentford manager will take charge of First Team training from Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Manchester City,” the club announced.
With the current season’s last eight games approaching, Dean Smith, who brings a plethora of management experience and knowledge to the position, will be charged with assisting the Football Club in maintaining its Premier League status.
Craig Shakespeare will rejoin the Leicester City coaching staff as a result of his hiring. In prior stints with the Foxes, Craig served as an assistant to both Nigel Pearson and Claudio Ranieri.
In 2017, Craig took charge of the Club, effectively fending off the prospect of relegation and guiding us to a UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final.
Along with Adam Sadler and Mike Stowell, who are now City’s first team coaches, Dean Smith’s coaching staff will also feature former England captain John Terry, who worked with him at Aston Villa.