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Belles of the ball game: New Champions League rules are a political truce with Europe’s rich clubs

Why modern football must not forget about meritocracy

  • The new rules remove the possibility that the number of English teams in the Champions League will be cut to three.
  • Improved odds of making the Champions League represent a valuable financial safety net: failing to qualify can cost a big club around £40-50m ($52-65m).
  • Resurgent calls for a European Super League will be especially likely if big clubs such as
  • In making qualification harder for smaller teams, the Champions League is bucking the trend of football’s other big tournaments.
  • Today, barely half of entrants can make that claim: 15 of the 32 teams in this year’s group stage failed to win their domestic leagues in 2015-16.

Modern football’s biggest stage is chasing money and placating powerful interests. But it must not forget about meritocracy

@TheEconomist: Why modern football must not forget about meritocracy

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Belles of the ball game: New Champions League rules are a political truce with Europe’s rich clubs

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