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Platini - the right man for the job?

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So Michel Platini has been named the new president of Uefa, pledging to limit the number of teams from any country in the Champions League to three instead of four.

Should Platini get his way, the repurcussions on English football could be sizeable, with at least one of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool certain to miss out on the glamour and financial reward of the competition every season.

Do you think the decision to appoint Platini is a mistake?

Or do you think the French legend should be given a chance to prove his abilities?

Do you think it would be better if the Premiership only had three teams playing Champions League football?

Let us know your thoughts...

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posted Jan 26, 2007

How can reducing the teams from each of the 'big' leagues be anything but good?

Football is becoming a monopoly, with the exception of Porto a few years ago I think the last team outside of any of these countries to win the CL was Ajax about 10 years ago!

No wonder this is the case when England and co. get 3 teams straight into the league stages when CHAMPIONS of other countries have to play qualifiers which nearly always end in defeat to the big spending clubs who've finished in 4th place in their league, so why is it called the Champions League?

If only one change is made then I think it should be that the winners of most of the leagues should go straight into the league stage and let the domestic also rans battle it out to qualify, it's only 'Fair Play' after all.

Either way reducing the number of clubs from each country would definitely improve the FAIRNESS of the competition, if these so called big teams are so good won't they get through the qualifiers anyway?

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posted Jan 26, 2007

well, personally I think MR Platini is free to bring in any changes as long as such changes do not spoil football. it is true that the current format is good, but it is a bit strange that every year we just see teams from the same countries while Europe is made up of so many countries, we hardly ever see teams from Sweden, Sweizerland, let alone Latvia. so if any change is to be made it must be in order to strengthen the competition and giving opportunity to some teams from the countries afore mentioned.
congratulations Mr Platini

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posted Jan 26, 2007

I find it odd that the election was allowed to be swayed by a totally biased Sepp Blatter. If he and Platini intend to form an alliance it is likely to be very bad for European football. Both men favour getting rid of tackling from the game and both men would like to see international football take precedence over club football.

If there is an attempt to interfere further with the European Champions League then that will take us closer to a breakaway league lead by G14.

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posted Jan 26, 2007

I'd like to see the champions from any European league straight into the best part of the Champions league, that's what it's all about.

Runners up also deserve a chance to qualify.

It's not the fault of England and Spain to have the two biggest leagues. Teams in smaller countries having to sell players to keep alive is not really our fault either and this would happen even if the teams entering the Champions League were juggled around.

The lesser teams like the Champions in Latvia for example would still get beaten by your Man Utd's, Barcelonas etc..

I don't want to see our Champions League spots reduced to 3, it would hurt our division in one way. Not forgetting the fact we'd have stronger teams in the UEFA cup who wipe the floor with the lower teams in there.. will that mean another change to the UEFA cup to stop the evil big teams from winning it all the time too?

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posted Jan 26, 2007

If he removes the seeding from european championship qualifiers as he has stated it would be a blessing in disguise for the international system. Players like Shevchenko, Giggs have missed out on tournaments because of bad groups in qualifying. All the major countries are only complaining because the system works for them but you'v got to beat the likes of Germany, Italy and Holland to win the tournament anyway, why not do it in qualifying then get Lichtenstein in the Final?! smiley

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posted Jan 26, 2007

The European Champions League needs to be that again, all teams winning their domestic titles SHOULD qualify for the group stages. No preference should be given to Italian, Spanish, English leagues e.t.c.
So what if it pips the Champions of Latvia, Cyprus, Malta against the likes of Italy, Spain, Germany e.t.c. Football needs romance back not just takeover led big clubs.
Just imagine how much more competitive it would be if the likes of Gaydamak, Magnussen, abramovich e.t.c. invested in teams from their own nations?
Wow the big boys could even rest star names in the early stages of the comp against less fanciable teams could they not? This would prevent "burn out" and maybe increase the quality of not just this competition but also the National tournaments?
Or shall we continue to burn out our best players and watch the same teams year in year out?
Football is dull enough, watching teams play for the money instead of the glory is becoming somewhat "unsporting".
I say limit the places, open up the borders and stop protecting the G14!

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posted Jan 26, 2007

Whatever you think of platini, you cant take away that it is remarkable that a great player can go on to be head of eufa.
To get to such a position takes a grasp of football politics that would be beyond most sportsmen and only the true greats can straddle both worlds ala lord seb coe.
But will the true footballing powers allow his vision of power sharing with the 'lesser' footballing countries?
If the football juggernaut that is murdoch,the premier league, serie a, la liga ect and its billionaire owners feel excluded from his grand vision, i fear he may end up like an inspector cluesseau standing at the traffic lights blowing his whistle as it trundles by.

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comment by rockshah (U874359)

posted Jan 26, 2007

Can someone tell what was wrong when we had The Champions League, Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Cup?

It least then the UEFA Cup meant something. Nowadays it doesn't mean anything

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comment by rchrdav (U7256457)

posted Jan 27, 2007

With Platini in charge the lunatics truly have taken over the asylum. He wants to eliminate tackling which is a fundamental part of the game and introduce 4 linesmen instead of 2. Surely the idea should be to improve the quality of the linesmen not the quantity.
Add to this the aim to take a CL place from each of the big leagues, this will not make the CL more competitive as the same teams will still get to the finals as the champions of the likes of Latvia will not be able to compete with them.

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posted Jan 27, 2007

Platini is a hypocrite before he has even started!! He claims he wants football to be a show but how will he succeed by allowing teams like Hapoel Tel Aviv to grace the Champions League instead of a side like Arsenal? For football to remain as a spectacle then the best teams in Europe need to be in the mix. Looking at the group stages this year it was pointless in even playing all these games as there are two teams and two token gestures in every group. It is the same with the World Cup - rather than being the greatest tournament on earth with the greatest teams it is more of a representation of nations where only 2 or 3 teams are capable of winning. The Champions League on the other hand generates so much interest as any of the teams in the last 16 are capable. Look at Liverpool in 2005 and Porto in 2004, both rank outsiders in terms of the competition, but in reality both were great sides worthy of the cup.

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