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Uefa announces new Champions League format with group stage AXED just hours after European Super League bombshell

UEFA have confirmed a monster shake-up to the Champions League just hours after the European Super League bombshell.

On Sunday, it was confirmed 12 clubs had already signed up to form the new European Super League to rival the Champions League.

And now Uefa have revealed a shake-up of their own while also hitting out at the 'self-selected cartel' who opted to form their own breakaway European competition.

The Champions League will now welcome 36 teams rather than 32, with each team playing a minimum of TEN group stage games against ten different opponents.

A statement from the governing body read: "The Uefa Executive Committee today approved a new format for its club competitions as of the 2024-25 season.

"The reforms come after an extensive consultation across the football family.

"[It] received unanimous backing from the ECA Board and the UEFA Club Competitions Committee (made of a majority of club representatives) last Friday.

"The changes made are designed to secure the positive future of European football at every level and meet the evolving needs of all its stakeholders.

"Unequivocally confirming joint commitment to the principle of open competition and sporting merit across the continent, the common purpose has also been to sustain domestic leagues."

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin gushed about the Champions League format changes - while simultaneously taking aim at the 'dirty dozen' who signed up to the ESL.

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On the current competition's changes, Ceferin said: "This new format supports the status and future of the domestic game throughout Europe as well.

"It retains the principle that domestic performance should be the key to qualification and reconfirms the principles of solidarity right through the game and of open competition.

"This evolved format will still keep alive the dream of any team in Europe to participate in the Champions League thanks to results obtained on the pitch and it will enable long-term viability, prosperity, and growth for everyone in European football, not just a tiny, self-selected cartel.

"Football is a social and cultural treasure, enriched with values, traditions and emotions shared across our continent.

"As the governing body and responsible stewards of the European game, it is Uefa's role to safeguard this legacy while leading positive future development of football in Europe for national associations, leagues, clubs, players, and fans at every level.

"This is why we had an extensive consultation process over the last two years which led to the unanimous backing of our proposal and we are convinced that these reforms achieve those objectives."

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