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Portugal may have three teams in the group stage of the new champions

Portugal may have three teams in the group stage of the new champions

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Fifth place in the UEFA ranking will give three teams direct access to the Champions League group stage. Portugal will have to maintain its supremacy over France for the next two seasons.

The UEFA Competitions Committee meets on Friday to approve changes to the UEFA Champions League format for the 2024-27 tournament.

The aforementioned committee, which is the most important after the executive committee of the body overseeing European football, is chaired by Fernando Gomez, President of the Portuguese Football Association (FPF), and chaired by Vice President David Gill, former Manchester United manager, responsible for recruitment. Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003.

Plus all the changes made to the The figure has already been published by the Spanish daily MarcaThe game teaches that changes in the number of teams counts directly to the group stage by each country are on the agenda. Currently, fifth place in the European Union ranking – France – qualifies two teams directly for the group stage and one for the third qualifying round.

In the new schedule, the ranking that will be taken into account in reaching the 2024/25 Championship will be the one that will be effective at the end of 2022/23. In other words, the seasons 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23 will be counted. It turns out that Portugal, in order to count the three seasons that have already elapsed from this “gathering”, is ahead of France.

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If it maintains this position at the end of 2022/23 – fifth in the UEFA ranking – Portugal has the right to have three teams in the group stage directly. That is if France does not overtake him in the next two seasons.

It should also be noted that the new Champions Format aims to exclude the possibility of creating the European Super League by at least 2030.