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UEFA set to launch third European competition from 2021

UEFA set to launch third European competition from 2021

UEFA has lifted its threat to ban Marseille from European competition if there is a repeat of the violence which marred their Europa League campaign last season.

According to Sport Bild, this new European competition would reduce the number of participating clubs in the Europa League from 48 to 32, the same number as in the Champions League.

For 28 years (from 1971 to 1999), the European Cup - which was rebranded the Champions League in 1992 - the Uefa Cup - rebranded the Europa League in 2009-10 - and the Cup Winners Cup coexisted.

It is more likely that it will be a Champions League-lite, with entry limited to teams from Europe's weaker national leagues.

He did not give any more details on how the tournament would be organised.

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The new competition has been discussed for several years and when it is rolled out in the 2021/22 season, it will see the total number of clubs involved in European football expanded to 96.

Agnelli, who is also president of Juventus, occupies one of two seats allocated to club representatives on the UEFA executive committee, which will next meet on September 27 in Nyon, Switzerland.

"A detailed assessment of the existing worldwide match calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024".

A third UEFA club competition is set to be introduced in the near future, the head of the association representing Europe's biggest clubs said on Tuesday (Sep 11).

"The current model needs modernising", said Agnelli, 42.


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