The big European teams are studying a new format of competition

They are considering a reformulation of Champions League

The big European teams are studying a new format of competition
The big European teams are studying a new format of competition

They are considering a reformulation of Champions League

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The Executive Committee of ACE, the European Clubs Association, met on Tuesday in Nyon. It is the last meeting before the General Assembly of the ECA, to be held in Paris on 8 and 9 February. With the presence of, among others, FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, they analyzed the current Champions League and studied a new format that will convince the major European clubs, which are those that make up the ECA.

According to the newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the idea of ​​the ECA is to change the current Champions, born of a pact with the then UEFA president Michel Platini to implement the current format. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the ECA, raised two possible ways: either reform the current Champions League (eliminating the mechanisms which give more prominence to the small federations) or establish a new Superleague almost closed (with the involvement or not of UEFA).

The modification of the Champions League would mean to ensure that ECA clubs play every year and other European clubs have a way to get into the competition, which could be the current Europa League. Hindering access to Champions League to low-profile European Clubs is one of the essential conditions for ECA... and for televisions.

If the competition can't be reformed, the ECA did not rule out the creation of a Superleague, which would not be totally closed, but would contemplate some open places. In this case, ECA would respect the international competition calendar established by FIFA, but would program games on weekends. Thus, the national leagues would be played by B teams.

The main problem is that currently the English clubs receive a lot of money from television rights and they are not in a hurry to change things. On the other hand, German, Italian and Spanish clubs are economically disadvantaged.