Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Infraction City
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Re: UEFA Champions/Europa League 2012-13 Thread - It Just Got Mythical
I've been thinking recently on how they can make the Europa League serious again, I mean the UEFA Cup was prestigious whatever way you look at it. So I was thinking ways of improving the Europa League:
First and foremost, I think abolish the group format. Personally I think it takes away the excitement of cup ties and it drags the competition out needlessly, I mean it takes about six games each to reduce the number of teams by half, rather than 2 games as is the case in a knock out format.
Next step for me would be to reduce the number of teams that play in the competition. At the moment 48 teams play in it, which of course means the likes of Israeli cup winners, Slovenian Champions, 4th-placed Cypriots and 6th-placed Ukrainians all get involved when they are all more than likely to finish bottom of a group in that format.
Probably one of the most important. Stop the teams who go out of the Champions League group stages from entering the Europa League, as simple as that. I have no doubt that UEFA thought this would add quality to the competition but personally I think this just reinforces then notion that the Champions League is stronger than the Europa League, and I imagine that the drop outs probably don't even want to be in the competition.
Another idea I like is that they should give the Europa League winner a spot in the Champions League group stages. I think that certainly gives it some prestige and will make teams to compete for it. The Europa League is never going to be as popular as the Champions League, so UEFA should stop trying to make it a like-for-like copy of the Champions League. A normal cup competition with less teams and a bigger prize would make it better quality, more passionate and exciting and less of a drain on team's squads, for example you'd only have to win 9 games to win the cup.