MUNICH (dpa-AFX) – The title decision based on the “Super Bowl” model and a more attractive group phase: The reform plans of the European Football Union for the Champions League are causing enthusiasm, at least for Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “People will like that, I’m convinced,” said the chairman of the board of FC Bayern Munich on the club’s own TV.
The continental association did not want to officially comment on what the 65-year-old reported “from UEFA circles”.
The mind games have existed for a long time. Based on the final tournament in Lisbon last summer, which arose out of necessity due to the corona pandemic, both semi-finals and the final could always be held in just one city in the future.
A “Week of Football” (week of football) is aimed at, one wants to go “a bit like the Super Bowl” in US football, said Rummenigge. In addition, the group stage, which from the outgoing Bayern boss’s point of view is beginning to “get a bit boring”, should be modified.
As early as December, the “Times” reported that league mode could be played in future. Each team would then compete against ten opponents in the preliminary round.
The points from these games would be listed in a shared table with all 32 teams, from which the first 16 qualify for the knockout phase.
The previously known mode is largely stipulated by the UEFA Executive Committee until 2024. “
The re is currently a broad consultation with all stakeholders, no decision has yet been made,” said UEFA on Thursday when asked.
In August last year, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin was open to a change shortly after Bayern’s premier class triumph at the final tournament in Lisbon.
The system with one duel per match appears “more interesting”, said the Slovenian. UEFA is “considering this for the future” ./ lü / mom / DP / mis
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