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European Leagues

European Leagues’ Battle for Champions League Spots

The competition for extra places in the Champions League intensifies as European leagues vie for higher coefficients and performance in continental competitions. With two leagues set to earn additional spots in the revamped 36-team Champions League, the race heats up as the knockout stages unfold. While Italy, Germany, England, and Spain lead the charge, other leagues remain in contention. The coefficient system, based on wins, draws, and bonus points for advancing in competitions, determines the allocation of extra spots. However, the battle for

A22 Accuses UEFA: Anticompetitive Clash

A22 Sports Management, a key player in the formation of the European Super League (ESL), has taken a bold step by making public a letter sent to UEFA, urging an immediate halt to what they claim is anticompetitive behavior. The move to publish the letter on social media platform X follows allegations by A22 that UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin mischaracterized their initial communication, prompting them to demand compliance with EU rules and court rulings. The letter, dispatched on Tuesday, accuses UEFA of engaging
Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund Winning Edge: 5 Reasons to Beat PSG

Borussia Dortmund is set to face Paris Saint-Germain in a crucial UEFA Champions League Group F match, and there are compelling reasons why Dortmund could emerge victorious in this encounter. Here are five key factors that contribute to Dortmund's potential success in this high-stakes match. 1. Taking the Group by Storm Despite facing challenges in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund has been a force to be reckoned with in the Champions League. After five games, they lead Group F with 10 points, securing their

Dortmund vs. PSG: Champions League Showdown

Borussia Dortmund faces Paris Saint-Germain in a crucial UEFA Champions League clash, with Dortmund already securing progression but aiming to secure top spot in Group F. The 'Group of Death' has seen intense competition, and Dortmund's journey has been impressive, bouncing back after an initial loss to PSG with undefeated performances in the next four matches, including victories against Newcastle and AC Milan. Despite their European success, Dortmund has faced challenges domestically, recently being eliminated from the DFB Cup by Stuttgart and suffering
CONFIRMED: Champions League Group-Stage Pots Revealed

Champions League Group-Stage Pots Confirmed.

With the conclusion of the Champions League qualifying play-offs, the four pots for the group-stage draw have been finalized. This development provides a clearer picture of potential opponents for Manchester United in the upcoming season's group stage. The eagerly anticipated UEFA ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, commencing at 17:00 BST. Fans can stay updated on live developments via the United App, as well as anticipate reactions through a special episode of The Debate. Watch: https://www.sportsmonks.com/premier-league/city-renames-pitch-in-honor-of-alex-williams/ As

European Super League: UEFA ends legal fight against Barcelona,…

Uefa has ended its legal fight against Barcelona, Juventus, and Real Madrid over their involvement in the proposed European Super League. The clubs were among the 12 "founding" members of the breakaway league, which later collapsed. The trio, who have refused to renounce the project, were being investigated for "a potential violation" of Uefa's legal framework. Uefa says it is now "as if the proceedings had never been opened". "The Uefa Appeals Body has declared today the proceedings null and void," a statement

Christian Eriksen: Uefa honour Kjaer and medical team with…

Denmark captain Simon Kjaer and the medical team that saved Christian Eriksen's life are the recipients of this year's Uefa President's Award. Eriksen, 29, suffered cardiac arrest during Denmark's Euro 2020 defeat by Finland in Copenhagen on 12 June. Kjaer has been recognised for showing "exceptional leadership qualities" in his response to the situation. Thanking the medical team, Inter Milan player Eriksen said: "You did a fantastic job and saved my life." "Also a big thanks to my friend and captain Simon and
UEFA tells Ukraine to remove 'political' slogan from kit ahead of Euros

UEFA tells Ukraine to remove ‘political’ slogan from kit…

European soccer governing body UEFA has ordered Ukraine to remove the phrase "Glory to the heroes" from the inside of its new national team shirt ahead of the European Championship for political reasons, after a complaint from Russia. Russia on Wednesday had complained to UEFA over Ukraine's kit, which is emblazoned with a map including Crimea and words from a military slogan. UEFA said the map was not a concern, and neither was the phrase “Glory to Ukraine” on the outside of the
UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Real, Barca and Juve

UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Real, Barca and Juve

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus over their attempts to launch a breakaway Super League, European soccer's governing body said on Tuesday. The clubs are the only three of the original 12 to have not distanced themselves from the project following an outpouring of criticism. "Following an investigation conducted by UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectors in connection with the so-called 'Super League' project, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus FC for a potential
UEFA to allow up to 9,500 spectators at Europa League final

UEFA to allow up to 9,500 spectators at Europa…

Paris - Up to 9,500 spectators will be allowed to attend the Europa League final in the Polish city of Gdansk later this month, UEFA announced on Monday after getting the green light from local authorities. European football's governing body said Polish officials had agreed that 25 percent of the roughly 40,000 seats in the Gdansk Stadium could be filled for the match on Wednesday, May 26. The game could be an all-English affair, with Manchester United almost certain to reach the final
UEFA insists Champions League final will take place in Istanbul

UEFA insists Champions League final will take place in…

LONDON: The Champions League final will definitely take place in Istanbul on May 29 despite Turkey going into a COVID-19 lockdown, UEFA said on Thursday (Apr 29). A resurgence of COVID-19 infections has prompted the Turkish government to impose a 17-day lockdown which will end on May 17. With the growing possibility of English Premier League clubs Manchester City and Chelsea reaching the final scheduled for the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, questions have been raised about the logistics of the venue. However, UEFA insist
UEFA joins social media boycott to tackle online abuse

UEFA joins social media boycott to tackle online abuse

LAUSANNE: European football's governing body UEFA on Thursday (Apr 29) announced it was joining a sporting boycott of social media this weekend to protest against online abuse. A number of high-profile footballers have suffered racial abuse in recent months, prompting calls for tougher action from internet giants. A coalition of football organisations including the English Football Association and Premier League revealed they would not post on their channels this weekend and the boycott has grown, with other sports bodies, sponsors and broadcasters joining
UEFA to reportedly increase squad size to 26 players for Euro 2020

UEFA to reportedly increase squad size to 26 players…

LONDON: Europe's soccer governing body UEFA is set to increase the size of the national team squads at this year's European Championship from 23 to 26 players, British media reported on Tuesday (Apr 27). The rule is being changed to lighten the burden on players after the start of the 2020-21 season was delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic while the campaign was also compressed to finish by May, in time for the Jun 11-Jul 11 Euros. The decision was taken
Real not thinking about any European Super League sanctions, says Zidane

Real not thinking about any European Super League sanctions,…

MADRID: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Monday (Apr 26) that he was not thinking about any sanctions against the club from UEFA in the wake of the European Super League announcement last week. The breakaway league involving 12 of Europe's major clubs collapsed within three days of its announcement amid a fierce backlash from fans, governing bodies and politicians. Real president Florentino Perez was named as chairman of the project and appears to have been the driving force behind the league,
Gundogan believes new Champions League format is bad for players

Gundogan believes new Champions League format is bad for…

LONDON: Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says the new format for the UEFA Champions League is flawed and will add to player fatigue, calling it the lesser of two evils in comparison to the controversial European Super League. UEFA announced this week that they would expand the Champions League to 36 clubs from the 2024-25 season, with teams set to play four more matches compared to the current format. But Germany international Gundogan believes there is nothing wrong with the competition as it
European Super League fiasco leaves 'dirty dozen' facing punishment

European Super League fiasco leaves ‘dirty dozen’ facing punishment

PARIS: Football's most powerful clubs faced mounting calls for reprisals over the European Super League fiasco on Thursday (Apr 22), although UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said next week's Champions League semi-finals were unlikely to be affected. Super League chief Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, had insisted Wednesday the rebel competition was merely "on standby" despite nine teams pulling out. Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea withdrew on Tuesday, followed by Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan 24
Frappart to become first female official at men's European Championship

Frappart to become first female official at men’s European…

Frenchwoman Stephanie Frappart will become the first female official to be involved in European Championship matches after UEFA confirmed the list of referees for this year's tournament. In the past two years, Frappart became the first female to referee a men's Champions League match, a French Ligue 1 game and a men's World Cup qualifier. Frappart was not named among the 18 referees to take charge of the 51 Euro 2020 games but she will be involved as a support match official, working
Soccer-UEFA lead backlash against Super League, UK government vows to step in

UEFA lead backlash against Super League, UK government vows…

European soccer's governing body UEFA led a backlash against plans for a breakaway Super League on Monday, saying associated players and clubs could be banned from its competitions - including three of this season's Champions League semi-finalists. Addressing an emergency meeting the day after 12 of Europe's top clubs announced the new league, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin described the Super League plan as a "spit in the face" of all football lovers. "As soon as possible they (the clubs) and the players have
UEFA confirm Rome as EURO 2020 host city after crowd guarantees

UEFA confirm Rome as EURO 2020 host city after…

ROME - Rome’s Stadio Olimpico was confirmed as a Euro 2020 host venue on Wednesday after the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) told UEFA that fans would be allowed to attend matches. “The authorities have guaranteed at least 25% of the stadium’s capacity will be filled. As a result, UEFA considers Rome to be fully confirmed as a venue for the tournament,” read a statement from European soccer’s governing body. A FIGC statement on Tuesday said that at least 25% of the 72,698-seater Olimpico
Gerrard calls on UEFA to act after player 'racially abused'

Gerrard calls on UEFA to act after player ‘racially…

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has called on UEFA to take action after midfielder Glen Kamara complained of being racially abused by a Slavia Prague player in Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League defeat in Glasgow. Kamara was furious after Slavia centre back Ondrej Kudela leaned into his ear and said something while covering his mouth, sparking a melee in the final stages of their last-16 tie. The Scottish champions, who were reduced to nine men after Kemar Roofe and Leon Balogun were sent off, crashed