Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Football Reporting
Football Reporting

Champions League

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says a ‘final four’ Champions League format could be on the way


UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says that a Champions League ‘final four’ format could be part of changes to the competition from 2025.

Ceferin revealed that he has consulted various club presidents around Europe to get consensus – including Paris Saint-Germain’s Nasser Al-Khelaifi – after piloting a ‘final eight’ event in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

It is clear Ceferin wants the finale of the competition to generate more buzz, and name-dropped the NFL as a brand that could be emulated.

Champions League

Walker given three match European ban after Leipzig red card

28/01/2022 AT 16:08

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Speaking to French outlet Le Journal Du Dimanche, Ceferin said: “We haven’t yet discussed this [the final four proposals] properly because of the pandemic, which has taken up our day-to-day focus.

“But my opinion is that it would be great.

“It should be more competitive and more interesting for the fans.

“I have discussed it with some club presidents, such as Al-Khelaifi, and they are in agreement.

“Football is bigger than NFL but the Super Bowl is a huge spectacle.

“It’s a simple equation to solve – we would just need to compensate clubs for the revenue they would lose from hosting the semi-final matches. That is possible.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“It would come in for the 2024-25 season at the earliest. But I doubt it could be done that quickly.”

Ceferin also repeated his stance against a biannual World Cup.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed the possibility of late, but Ceferin is adamant it would not work.

He said: “I’m sure that won’t happen because it’s a complete nonsense.

“It’s a populist project that would destroy football. It goes against all the principles of our sport, and those of the Olympic Games.

“It’s incredible that a football organisation can propose that their players – on top of an already heavy schedule – should play a month-long tournament every summer.

“And just imagine how it would eat into women’s football.

“Alongside South America, we have said that it won’t work.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“Without us, it would no longer be a World Cup.”

Watch every moment of Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on discovery+.

Champions League

Three blokes, two draws, one baffled Real Madrid – The Warm-Up

14/12/2021 AT 07:43

Champions League

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

How Real Madrid reacted to ‘shameful’ retaken Champions League draw – Inside Europe

13/12/2021 AT 20:15



Source link

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

Champions League

Despite returning to Manchester United just a year ago, Cristiano Ronaldo may be set to depart the Red Devils after the club failed to...

Bayern Munich

Cristiano Ronaldo has made an official request to leave Manchester United this summer so he can continue to play Champions League football next season,...

FIFA

The European Championship in England this summer promises to be a big one. Over 500,000 tickets have been sold already, which would smash the...

Arsenal

United closing in on Malacia Manchester United are set to make their first signing of the summer, according to The Telegraph. The 22-year-old left-back...