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RolStoppable said:

Bundesliga - Matchday 1

The video review was under heavy criticism during the 2017/18 season and the new season got kicked off with a blatant dive by Ribery that the video assistant didn't report for review to the referee. That wasn't the only highly questionable call of the weekend, because Mainz didn't get a clear penalty for hands. At other times games got interrupted ~5 minutes because of a video review, so there's a lot of work to be done in terms of competence.

heh, I've been watching La Liga and Serie A so far and I can't say I've seen any issues with VAR in those leagues. They seem to be using it well. Whatever happened to German effeciency?

Oh and I saw that Dortmund - Leipzig result. Bit of a shocker that, no? I just hope that means Dortmund are going to have a strong season, the years when they were serious title contenders were much more interesting.

Also, wow you really went all out! You've even got a table with colour (something I've never figured out how to do), it's great!



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Ka-pi96 said:

heh, I've been watching La Liga and Serie A so far and I can't say I've seen any issues with VAR in those leagues. They seem to be using it well. Whatever happened to German effeciency?

Oh and I saw that Dortmund - Leipzig result. Bit of a shocker that, no? I just hope that means Dortmund are going to have a strong season, the years when they were serious title contenders were much more interesting.

Also, wow you really went all out! You've even got a table with colour (something I've never figured out how to do), it's great!

I don't consider a 4-1 a shocking result, because it has happened quite a few times in the last two years that the teams in contention for European spots had high-scoring games. Since Dortmund started great last year and built a lead of five points on Bayern before their disastrous tailspin in the latter half of fall, Sunday's result against Leipzig isn't indicative of anything.

I copy-pasted the table from the English version of the official Bundesliga website. If anyone wonders, the reason why both rank 16 and 17 are orange is because two teams are exactly tied. It's really only rank 16 that has a relegation playoff at the end of the season, so in the future rank 17 will be red just like rank 18.



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According to German news outlet Bild the UEFA is planning 2 big changes from 2021: https://sportbild.bild.de/fussball/2018/fussball/uefa-beschluss-europacup-neuer-wettbewerb-ab-2021-56967234.sport.html

  1. Downsize the Europa League from 48 teams to 32 teams. This should make the competition more attractive financially and in terms of quality of play
  2. Start a new 3rd European tournament with 32 teams


Can't say UEFA likes us too much with a group like that... there's 6 UCL titles among those teams!

Ah well, I guess we did get many lucky draws last season.



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And Chelsea in the League Cup, too. Damn.



Some interesting groups there.

Group B (Barcelona, Tottenham, Inter Milan & PSV) should be interesting. I don't give PSV much hope, and I'd expect Barcelona to get through. But it still be interesting with Tottenham and Inter Milan in the mix as well!

Group C (PSG, Napoli, Liverpool & Red Star) will be good too. Red Star have even less chance than PSV, a single point would probably be a success for them. But the other 3 all should be good enough to get through to the knockouts. There's going to be one good team missing in the next round for sure from this group.

I'm happy with Group F (Man City, Shakhtar, Lyon & Hoffenheim). Could have been easier of course and it's obviously not a foregone conclusion, but I think City should really progress with ease.

Group H (Juventus, Man Utd, Valencia & Young Boys) could be interesting too. Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford will be an event for sure. Plus I seem to remember Utd coming unstuck against Spanish opposition (maybe even Valencia themselves have knocked them out of Europe in that time?) so I think there's a very real prospect of no Utd in the knockout rounds (again).



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poklane said:

According to German news outlet Bild the UEFA is planning 2 big changes from 2021: https://sportbild.bild.de/fussball/2018/fussball/uefa-beschluss-europacup-neuer-wettbewerb-ab-2021-56967234.sport.html

  1. Downsize the Europa League from 48 teams to 32 teams. This should make the competition more attractive financially and in terms of quality of play
  2. Start a new 3rd European tournament with 32 teams

hmm, my only concern with downsizing the Europa League would be that that could mean no more 3rd place CL teams joining the EL knockout stages. Considering that's part of the reason the EL knockout stages are actually interesting it would be a shame if that changed.

As for a 3rd tournament, haven't we had that before? There was the cup winner's cup and the intertoto cup before, I assume one of them was a 3rd European tournament at one time. Considering they've both been scrapped I guess they didn't do so well. Seems kind of silly to try again in that case.



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Ka-pi96 said:
Group H (Juventus, Man Utd, Valencia & Young Boys) could be interesting too. Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford will be an event for sure. Plus I seem to remember Utd coming unstuck against Spanish opposition (maybe even Valencia themselves have knocked them out of Europe in that time?) so I think there's a very real prospect of no Utd in the knockout rounds (again).

Some trivia I just dug up: Manchester United actually did take part in the knockout rounds last season, in a thing called "Round of 16". They're also still playing Premier League football to this day. The internet can really bring some obscure knowledge to light!



Ka-pi96 said:
poklane said:

According to German news outlet Bild the UEFA is planning 2 big changes from 2021: https://sportbild.bild.de/fussball/2018/fussball/uefa-beschluss-europacup-neuer-wettbewerb-ab-2021-56967234.sport.html

  1. Downsize the Europa League from 48 teams to 32 teams. This should make the competition more attractive financially and in terms of quality of play
  2. Start a new 3rd European tournament with 32 teams

hmm, my only concern with downsizing the Europa League would be that that could mean no more 3rd place CL teams joining the EL knockout stages. Considering that's part of the reason the EL knockout stages are actually interesting it would be a shame if that changed.

As for a 3rd tournament, haven't we had that before? There was the cup winner's cup and the intertoto cup before, I assume one of them was a 3rd European tournament at one time. Considering they've both been scrapped I guess they didn't do so well. Seems kind of silly to try again in that case.

Europa League with 32 teams makes it unlikely that CL teams will move over, but maybe the third and fourth place teams of the CL will join a round of 32 with the top two of the eight EL groups. That's a stretch though.

The Cup Winners Cup existed until the mid to late 1990s and was indeed a third competition, but it's always about the money. The setup of the competition limited it to one team per country (two in a single case each year because of the defending champion), so attractive matchups were scarce throughout the entire season and therefore it got scrapped eventually. The predecessor of the Champions League worked the same way, but the introduction and repeated refinement of the CL turned the competition into a financial juggernaut.

The UEFA Intertoto Cup was always a summer competition, so never a concurrent tournament to the existing modes. Multiple winners of the Intertoto Cup got the chance to qualify for the UEFA Cup. The UI Cup was nothing more than a lot of games in July and August in order for a chance to play in a proper competition in September.

The introduction of a new third competition is a necessary concession to the smaller European countries. If the Europa League gets downsized in order to raise the average attractiveness of matchups, the smaller nations are the ones who lose out. A third tournament with 32 teams allows clubs from smaller countries to play internationally. Without such a concession, the majority of UEFA countries would veto a revised Europa League with only 32 teams.



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