- Jan 20, 2015
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- Macclesfield Town/Manchester City. It's complicated.
Have you had a look at the Flat Earth thread?That doesn't express my opinion, only a few other options...
However each one is better than the option in that article...
England, Spain, Germany, Italy with 10 clubs each in Europe should be enough to attend all the greed from top clubs. This means half or more the Premier Division in this countries will entry in Europe. (2 of 4 welsh berths are from welsh clubs playing in english competitions.)
However in the other hand, all clubs must entry at the same time in Europe. Giving higher profile games to clubs from lower ranked countries.
Only in the first round you will have restrictions: clubs from the same association can't meet in the first round, and also clubs will be divided according to their ranking (Pot 1 vs Pot 3 and Pot 2 vs Pot 4).
Without group stage, interest should be higher in all rounds.
Also because top clubs will entry in all rounds.
However this model tends to generate a stronger group in the last rounds.
No early division between Europa League and Champions League will make things more interesting. Giving all clubs the chance to qualify to CL or EL.
Only European Top 32 Clubs from 256 clubs will have their chance in one of this competitions, depending on if they win or not the last round of 32.
Italy not France I believe. They have been particularly vocal about it since a few of their sides have failed to qualify.