Play-Offs For A Champions League Place: Game 39 Revisited?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Tim Vickerman says:

    Has anyone confirmed whether the Play-Off matches would be played on a two-legged, home and away basis? If not, perhaps a Champions League Play-Off/39th (40th, 41st and possibly 42nd) hybrid will be the result. Hosting rights go to the highest bidder!

    In seriousness, a the best-balanced opinion piece I’ve seen on this proposal.

  2. Kevin says:

    I’m amazed at the negative response to this proposal. The fact that the big 4 clubs are against this proposal should in itself indicate that it has some merit. Yes a lot of other things should be done to redistribute the wealth, but that doesn’t mean you turn down any proposal that is just a small step in the right direction.

    The best thing about the play off system would be that the big 4 will no longer be 90% certain of receiving 30-50 million pounds of CL money. they will have to be a little bit more conservative when the do their budgets for the year (and if they don’t they will have to face the consequences if they miss out)

    As far as extra games are concerned, there would be no reason why this couldn’t be just 3 extra games.
    Semi finals:
    4 play 7 at home
    5 play 6 at home

    at Wembley

    all this moaning about extra games is nonsense. It is only used as an excuse when a proposal doesn’t suit certain clubs or countries. If this wasn’t the case there would be no Champions League and Europa League group stages and increased 32 team World Cup and 24 team Euro Finals.

  3. Tax says:

    I’m amazed that anyone’s amazed at the negative reactions this proposal gets.

    The clubs that finish 1st to 4th don’t do that automatically, they do that by collecting points by points for many months and many games in one season. The ‘fact’ that the big four are against it might simply means that it’s a silly, unfair idea, which can only be appreciated by clubs who think of themselves as shite. No clubs land in the fourth place automatically, they’re already in a very hard competition for it. So what exactly is the play-off for, if not to undermine the league and its results themselves? (and of course, money and reality-show like entertainment).

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