Uefa to introduce third club competition alongside Champions League and Europa League

Aubrey Yates
September 12, 2018

Uefa are set to introduce a third European club competition alongside the Champions League and Europa League.

Speaking to Press Association Sport, its deputy general secretary Alberto Colombo said: "We are not happy about the process at all because this is something that has been prepared and cooked up by UEFA and the ECA without proper engagement".

"Pending approval of the Uefa executive committee, the "green light" has been given to introduce a third competition," said Agnelli.

Since the Intertoto Cup was cancelled in 2008, UEFA has only run the Champions League and Europa League.

Europe used to have a third competition, the Cup Winners' Cup, but it was abolished in 1999. The winners of all 32 UEFA member bodies' domestic cup competitions entered the tournament.

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Even the second-tier Europa League has been won only by Spanish or English clubs for the past seven seasons. As it stands, 32 teams compete in the Champions League and 48 teams compete in the Europa League.

Although the precise details of the new tournament are still unclear, the decision will stir memories of the European Cup Winners' Cup, which was contested for nearly four decades between 1960 and 1999 by the winners of Europe's domestic cup competitions - although the inaugural 1960-61 competition wasn't officiallly recognized until two years later. "One of the important things is to limit the qualifying rounds", he said.

In recent weeks, UEFA has said it is "constantly reviewing" its competitions and has been "discussing various ideas within its Club Competitions Committee before any decision on potential changes would be made".

"A detailed assessment of the existing worldwide match calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024", Agnelli added. The current model needs modernising.

Agnelli has been vocal in the past of his desire for big European teams to play more matches against each other with fewer domestic games.

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