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    When they started the group stages they were more interesting, but 20 years of the cash going to such a small pool of teams across Europe has distorted the playing field so much as to make too many games uncompetitive. If BATE Borisov put together a decent side, as soon as they beat one of the big boys, all of their players will get snapped up to sit on Chelsea's/Bayern's bench.

    Through their greed, the big teams have slowly killed interest in their plaything.


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    At one point there were two rounds of groups.


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    And still the greedy fuckers want an even bigger slice of the pie from the domestic paymasters.

    Hopefully, before too long the whole wank fest will implode taking Sky, BT Sport and all the other media shitheads with them.


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    Was not also one of the catalysts for the "Europa League" replacing the good old UEFA Cup, Manchester United losing on aggregate to Rotor Volgograd 2-2?

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    I metioned it not too long ago. But they even tried to make it look li,e teams had to attempt to qualify by stoping giving the holders automatic qualification. Until of course Liverpool won it in 2005 and finished 5th. UEFA shit themselves so altered the rules somthe sponsers would be happy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post

    One of the possibilities of the new plan is that Europeís biggest leagues will get even more entrants ó it has been suggested Premier League qualifiers could stretch as far down as sixth.


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    This has been on the cards since the Premier League's big four became a big six. Man Utd just missed out on a couple of years of CL. surprised it hasn't been fixed already.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis Benali (on loan) View Post
    This has been on the cards since the Premier League's big four became a big six. Man Utd just missed out on a couple of years of CL. surprised it hasn't been fixed already.
    It's quite funny that you have these pesky unfashionable teams occasionally finishing higher up the league that the teams that UEFA want in the tournament so they have to widen the qualification band thus watering down the competition over time.

    I can see a cycle of rinse and repeat until they have created such a monster that the domestic leagues become second fiddle in the football calendar. Wonder if we will even see a closed shop type set up where qualification of the following years champions league is dependant on performance in the current one?


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    Who is excited to see our five reigning domestic champions through to the last sixteen of the Champions League?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo Francescoli (on loan) View Post
    Who is excited to see our five reigning domestic champions through to the last sixteen of the Champions League?
    Iíve had more excitement the last time I broke wind.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo Francescoli (on loan) View Post
    Who is excited to see our five reigning domestic champions through to the last sixteen of the Champions League?
    I'll be more excited when they all lose in the last 16.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo Francescoli (on loan) View Post
    Who is excited to see our five reigning domestic champions through to the last sixteen of the Champions League?
    I've had more excitement when I got instantly served in a Wetherspoon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo Francescoli (on loan) View Post
    Who is excited to see our five reigning domestic champions through to the last sixteen of the Champions League?
    I'll only be excited once they've exited


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    While there is a real league of champions, why would anyone care who comes out ahead when Leicester play Barcelona in Stockholm in August?

    The only way UEFA can lose that supremacy is if they turn their own competition into a soulless, overblown jamboree for the very rich, the useless, the underperforming and those who consider themselves far too important to play teams from Belarus.

    This way disaster lies, not to mention tedium."
    I think they're at this point now. Liverpool scoring 23 goals in - what - half a dozen group games?

    What really gets on my tits is this:
    I don't really give a shit what format they want now it's no longer the European Champions Cup.

    What angers me is that they give the European Champions Cup - the one we've got 2 of in the boardroom - as the trophy for this soulless, bastardised, overblown farce.

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    I couldnít give a shit tbh.

    Iíve never seen a CL qualifier, or any of the knockout games too.

    Apart from Man Utd coming back from the brink of defeat with Solskjaer (sp) all those years ago, Iíve never given a shit.

    Itís easy to lampoon the CL but by the knowledge of it that you all discuss it, the vast majority of you must be willing spectators.


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    I'll only care once Forest are back in it


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangerz View Post
    I'll only care once Forest are back in it
    'The Champions and Second Division Mid-Table League' has a good sound to it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DanR View Post
    'The Champions and Second Division Mid-Table League' has a good sound to it.
    Bring it on baby


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    I'm with Biggles. I rarely bother with the Champions League and only know sketchy details because, when viewing SSNHQ for some news (usually not readily available)I sit through seemingly endless stats on how some nonentity from a far flung land which I didn't even know was in Europe has run 100 metres further than some chap from Man U in the latest rivetting league match.

    All very boring; both the stats and the football I should add.


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    The Champions League coverage here centres mainly around which team F.C. Bayern will lose to this season.


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    I'll watch the highlights sometimes but since it's not been on terrestrial i've not bothered, even though I have sky.


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    Quote Originally Posted by big jay View Post
    fucking boring, its hilarious Talksport trying to big up the boring games they have commentary rights to
    Junk food competition for plastic fans.

    Fuck 'em all off elsewhere.

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    I wasn't fussed about how the 5 got on. That was until I realised one of them was Liverpool and in that case I hope they crash and burn.


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    The best thing about this seasonís ďChampionsĒ League has been Shakhtar coach Paulo Fonseca dressing up as Zorro:

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/42260741


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    Boring


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    Round of 16 Draw:

    Juventus v Tottenham
    Basel v Manchester City
    Porto v Liverpool
    Sevilla v Manchester United
    Real Madrid v Paris St-Germain
    Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma
    Chelsea v Barcelona
    Bayern Munich v Besiktas


 

 

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