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hawkwind
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Rankings at end 2019-20 will be used to decide numbers of entries per country for European Club Competitions 2021-22 which is the first season of a new three season cycle. Whilst the ECL will remain unchanged UEFA are splitting the Europa League into two competitions the second tentatively known AFAIK as Europa League 2. Ranking positions one through five will have their lowest ranked qualifier enter EL2 rather then the Europa League, six to 15 will have their two lowest ranked qualifiers entered to EL2 and those ranked 16 and below will have all former Europa League entries into EL2. Early ECL losers will cascade to EL2 rather than the Europa League. In addition UEFA have made a small modification to the access list numbers - removing the fourth club from the 51st ranked nation and adding a third club to the 55th ranked member.

With all that in mind the key places to receive additional entries are thus 4th, 6th, 15th and 50th.

2019-20 the number of entries for each country is identical to last season's. 2020-21 there will be six changes: Croatia from 4 to 5; Switzerland from 5 to 4; Gibraltar from 3 to 4; Northern Ireland from 4 to 3; Kosovo from 2 to 3; and San Marino from 3 to 2.

In this early part of the season I will concentrate on the battle at the foot of the rankings. While the top 50 earn four clubs for 2021-22 the 51st avoids playing the ECL preliminary round. San Marino look set to remain last of all especially after Tre Penne were knocked out of the ECL last night by Santa Coloma but will regain their 3rd club in 2021-22 because of the changes. Andorra will likely remain 54th despite that result. The other three countries that began the season in the provisional ranking three club slots are Faroe Islands 51st, Kosovo 52nd and Northern Ireland 53rd. Feronikeli's ECL victory over Lincoln Red Imps has taken Kosovo up to 51st. Looking above anyone from Wales in 46th downwards risks dropping to 51st. FTR Gibraltar are currently 47th, Georgia 48th, Estonia 49th and Montenegro 50th. With Georgia, Estonia and Montenegro not involved in the preliminary round of either the ECL or Europa League I expect Kosovo to overtake all of them leaving Montenegro 51st when the preliminary rounds are completed. Kosovo, with no ranking points to defend for three seasons, are currently in a false position - I believe they will finish the season comfortably inside the top 50. Wales should be safe for four clubs, Northern Ireland are unlikely to reach the top 50 - let's hope that if there is a surprise it comes from Northern Ireland.


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Please delete if you don’t want to mess up your thread.
Watched both games on RTK Kosovo website yesterday.http://www.rtklive.com/sq/livestream/rtk1/

Feronikeli v Lincoln Red Imps was on a different level compared to the poor laborious game Tre Penne v Santa Coloma played out. Next game Friday 7.45 BST


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I did my best to explain what the new competitions will look like in a lenghty group of posts on this thread. https://kassiesa.net/...uefa-access-list.pdf
Since then, it has been posted that the lowest country on the list, rank#55 would have two, rather than one Europa League 2 place, which comes at the expense of rank#51 which will drop from 3 to 2.


Bert Kassies also posts the up to date table, which is currently at https://kassiesa.net/...thod5/crank2020.html

In the meantime, the losers of yesterday's games in San Marino will go into the second qualifying round of the Europa League, along with the loser of the Preliminary final, and if TNS get their way, the winner of the Preliminary final.



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AC Milan have been removed from the Europe League after being sanctioned under FPP regulations

This is a compromise as UEFA had originally applied a two year ban (of which this would have been the second year), but this was overturned by the court of arbitration for sport (CAS). UEFA will no longer push for a harsher penalty, while Milan will accept the punishment

As a result, Roma will get the place in the Europa League group stage, originally intended for Milan, while Torino come into the Europa League at the end of July, taking the draws awarded to Roma (home first leg, against Debrecen or Kukesi)



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You have to wonder if AC Milan would have appealled against a ban if they had a CL place rather than a EL place



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Three clubs; three days; three wins. Andorra's best country ranking ever achieved before the end of June. On the 4th day Santa Coloma led 1-0 plus a man advantage in Kosovo with the game approaching the hour mark. Opponents Feronikeli turned that match on its head and catapulted Kosovo into the top 50 five-season rankings. Thanks to the heads up from Callum I caught the end of the match on Kosovan television including Kastriot Rexha's brave headed 88th minute winner.

The opening return Europa tie saw Kosovo's other entry eliminated by Saint Joseph's of Gibraltar, both goals on the day arriving after Prishtina had been reduced to nine men - Kosovan woeful disciplinary record not something I had taken into account in my original post. Contrasting fortunes for home nations Northern Ireland and Wales in the Europa opening round. Ballymena United and Cliftonville (against Barry Town United) qualified without conceding a goal, Cardiff Metropolitan University out to an away goal the second Welsh club of two preliminary round participants to exit European football for the season.

The race for the top fifty has bunched up with only San Marino, increasingly tailed off, and Andorra, despite Engordany's return Europa win over La Fiorita which further progressed Andorra's record ranking season, out of contention. That leaves eight countries chasing five four-club places. Gibraltar in 46th currently on 4.583 may already have enough points, Wales a point ahead of 51st will largely pin hopes on The New Saints delivering any necessary fractions. Kosovo with only one club left may have to wait for next season to seal their place in the top 50 despite being currently 48th. Georgia, Estonia, Montenegro, Northern Ireland and Faroe Islands are covered by a quarter of a point (which is a single win).

The upcoming first qualifying rounds should remove most of the mist. Three head-to-head ranking clashes to watch out for over the next fortnight: ECL The New Saints (WAL) v Feronikeli (KOS); Europa Crusaders (NIR) v B36 (FRO); and Europa Narva Trans (EST) v Buducnost Podgorica (MNE) a tie that has been reversed since the draw.


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Saburtalo put up the performance of the ECL 1Q first legs winning 3-0 in Transnistra against Sheriff Tiraspol. Ten minutes into the second leg that advantage had been wiped out yet the Georgians recovered to score the only additional goal of the encounter thus qualifying for the next round. They are joined by the champions of Estonia, Montenegro and Wales. Nõmme Kalju, beaten a week earlier by Shkëndija, turned the tables with a 2-1 away win to advance thanks to the away goals rule. Sutjeska progressed on penalties after two 1-1 draws with Slovan Bratislava. The New Saints recovered from the disappointment of two late goals cancelling out a 2-0 home lead, Dean Ebbe's firm header midway through the second half earning victory in Kosovo in a match that hosts Feronikeli largely dominated without ever endangering visiting custodian Paul Harrison.

The Europa first legs saw wins for Flora, Chikhura Sachkhere and Dinamo Tbilisi - all three qualified, the two Georgian clubs recording home and away wins. Crusaders and Buducnost Podgorica also won both legs. Joining them in the next round are KÍ, on an away goal, and Connah's Quay Nomads who spoiled Scotland's perfect seasonal record with an astonishing 2-0 return leg win at Kilmarnock.

The net result is that Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Faroe Islands appear to now be primarily contesting 51st place (that that involves a direct ECL place in 1Q) while Wales, Georgia, Gibraltar, Montenegro and Estonia seem set to secure top 50 places and four clubs competing in 2021-22. Despite an advance over Montenegro and Estonia, Gibraltar may be the most vulnerable of those three with only two more guaranteed matches to play.

Probably Gibraltar already have enough points but Kosovo would set the cat amongst the pigeons if Feronikeli beat Slovan Bratislava home and away over the next fortnight. One of Northern Ireland and Faroe Islands are guaranteed representation in the Europa 3Q thanks to the HB Tórshavn versus Linfield clash - hopes of reaching 51st largely dependent on winning that tie.

Higher up the rankings Croatia and Serbia both with eyes on finishing in the top 15 each lost one of their clubs in the 1Q. Hajduk Split having won 2-0 in Malta proceeded to lose the home leg to Gzire United 3-1, another stunning result from this qualifying round.


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On Tuesday North Macedonia, Gibraltar, Kosovo and San Marino bowed out of European club football for another season. Albania, Iceland, Faroe Islands and Andorra followed two days later. Below Romania, currently 31st in the provisional rankings, there are only four non-champion survivors in European club football out of an original entry of 67 clubs. Of the many champions still standing all but Ferencváros and Maribor have already descended into the Europa League.

The foot of the rankings has largely been resolved. Kosovo and Faroe Islands will join Andorra and San Marino in the 2021 ECL preliminary round - each having three participant clubs in total. 51st place is currently occupied by Northern Ireland; Montenegro and Estonia are one solitary win above them with worse seasonal records. The Linfield versus Sutjeska clash is thus a stand-out as well as ensuring that Gibraltar and those above are safe. Aggregate defeat would leave Northern Ireland 51st, aggregate victory would guarantee a top 50 place. A level aggregate score would leave Northern Ireland 51st unless Nõmme Kalju lose twice to Luxembourg's Dudelange, although Northern Ireland would still have another opportunity to climb a place if Nõmme Kalju avoided two defeats provided Linfield qualified.

Celtic's win on Tuesday took Scotland to the seasonal ranking summit, their lead over the big four extended on Thursday. Scotland, now 19th in the provisional rankings, are heading in the right direction. A top 15 place possible this season? Theoretically, yes, but Scotland would have to vastly outperform their record last season, which was already their best since 2007-08. Of those currently in the ranking points upper 20s Turkey and Austria both have more ranking points than 15th end last season and the Netherlands are little short. That leaves three places in the top 15 'available'. They are provisionally occupied by Czech Republic who have four clubs standing, Denmark and Cyprus who both have three. Even after Aris Thessaloniki knocked AEL Limassol out of the Europa League the current gap between Cyprus and 16th placed Greece (five clubs all alive) is eight winning qualifying round matches. Croatia, Serbia, Scotland and Switzerland (five clubs) are progressively further back. The key over the final two qualifying rounds is to propel a maximum number of teams into the group stages. As of now Switzerland are guaranteed three clubs, Czech Republic and Greece one each.


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After falling behind, two Kirk Millar goals earned Linfield first leg victory in Montenegro. Coupled with Nõmme Kalju's defeat in Luxembourg the rankings race for the top 50 saw Northern Ireland leapfrog Montenegro and Estonia with all three nations separated only by checkback. In the return leg Tuesday early kick-off in Estonia Nõmme Kalju - reduced to ten men by the Russian referee during the first half - succumbed 1-0 to Dudelange. Estonia thus finish 51st and will be represented by just three clubs in 2021-22, Northern Ireland and Montenegro will have four clubs. Northern Ireland continue to charm, they currently have their third highest number of seasonal ranking points and counting, this their best season since 1973-74 when Glentoran were the sole British representatives in the ECWC QF. Linfield completing a double over Sutjeska - Qarabag of Azerbaijan stand between them and a place in the Europa League group stage. Historical rankings are all to be found on the excellent Bert Kassies site

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Some interesting tweets last night from the "price of football", Keiran Maguire
Celtic's wage bill is significantly bigger than that of the entire Romanian league, while failure to qualify for the Champions League means a loss of over €12 million



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The race for 15th has taken on added significance this season due to the splitting of the Europa League into two competitions in 2021-22 - the only access for associations placed 16th or below to the premier Europa League competition is currently scheduled for ECL losers at the 2Q stage or later.

Following the conclusion of the 3rd qualifying rounds attention turns towards the final obstacle before the Group Stages. The prospects of each association will be a lot clearer once the complete list of Group Stage participants is known.

The third qualifying round results appear to have improved the chances of a contest for a top 15 place. A disappointing Thursday night for both Czech Republic (13th) and Denmark (14th), three and two clubs respectively eliminated. Each have just one representative left. Slavia Praha are guaranteed Group Stage football, København face Riga over the next fortnight. Both Cyprus (15th) survivors encounter Dutch opposition in the final qualifying rounds, APOEL are assured Group Stage football, Apollon Limassol have to overcome PSV Eindhoven to join them. Greece (16th) remain most dangerous challengers, Olympiacos will be Group Stage participants, AEK Athens and PAOK rest in contention.

Croatia, Serbia, Scotland and Norway follow, each with two survivors - apart from Scotland they all have one club guaranteed Group Stage football. Mathematically any of Croatia, Serbia and Norway could cut the deficit to Cyprus by more than half over the next fortnight. Switzerland (21st) are even further behind and lost two clubs on Thursday. Even with Basel 1893, Lugano and Young Boys competing in the Group Stages their hopes appear slim - they will certainly need representation after Christmas.

Scotland continue to top the current season rankings, whilst Northern Ireland are the only association below 39th place participating in the final qualifying rounds.


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The outcome of the final qualifying round ties and ECL group stage draw has opened up the race for a top 15 spot.

Czech Republic (13th) and Denmark (14th) were already reduced to their last survivors after the 3Q matches. The Czech Republic's cushion over 16th was only slightly reduced over the last fortnight. Slavia Praha reached the ECL Group Stage (GS) but a more than challenging draw suggests that it will be very difficult to add further ranking points. København drawn in an open Europa group, Denmark have hopes of catching the Czech Republic before end 2019. Although their advance over 16th has been heavily reduced their three nearest challengers have all also lost all but one participant. Greece overhauled Cyprus to take 15th spot - it could have been so much better. Olympiacos into the ECL GS but both PAOK and AEK Athens exited the Europa on the away goal rule. Both Cypriot clubs succumbed to Dutch opposition leaving their final club in the Europa GS. With Olympiacos seemingly tussling for a parachute to the Europa with Crvena zvezda, and APOEL having realistic chances of reaching the Europa last 32, Cyprus will hope to regain 15th spot over the next six matchdays. Croatia have Dinamo in the ECL Group Stage - they appear to have prospects to finish anywhere but first. Qualification of some sort post-Christmas would keep Croatian hopes alive. Next come Serbia and Scotland each with two survivors. A tale of two cities Partizan the second Belgrade club, Scotland represented by the Glasgow giants. Scotland are currently five wins off a top 15 spot, suggesting that this could be possible this season if Celtic and Rangers both qualify for the knock-out stages. Not the easiest task for either Celtic or Rangers who face top seeds Lazio and Porto respectively in tricky groups (incidentally Celtic will encounter Cluj in a second competition this season - APOEL and Qarabag, Ludogorets and Ferencváros also meet again). In any case a strong platform is being built, Scotland close to entering the provisional rankings top 15 end 2020-21. Partizan, despite drawing Manchester United, have good chances to qualify - it appears they'll at least have to go close if Serbia are to remain in front of Scotland end 2019. Norway are mathematically unable to reach the top 15 before Christmas whilst Switzerland's three clubs currently have 11 wins to make up.

Scotland finish the qualifying rounds top of the one-season rankings ahead of equal second Netherlands and Serbia.

To surpass last season's 15th spot Czech Republic need 1 win and 1 draw, to overhaul 16th spot just one draw. The next six matchdays will go some way to revealing whether they will need those points this season.

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Fantastic thread
Apologies if on wrong thread please delete. Planning a trip to Russia/Kazakhstan whilst Champions/Europa League Matchday 1 is on, all 5 participants CSKA, Lokomotiv Moscow, Krasnodar, Zenit and Astana have all been given away fixtures which massively caught me out, apparently this could be to do with them all needing to be away on matchday 6 as all games obviously need to be kicked off at the same time and this is not possible in Russia and Kazakhstan as the game in Dec would kick off early, must admit it was something that hadn’t crossed my mind.


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You are probably right, the normal pattern is that matches 5/6 are the reverse of 1/2 and that every team plays one home and one away in each pairing. Matches 3/4 are always the same opponents.

Hence for a team to be away in Round 6, the must also be away in Round 1.



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The new competition, to start in 2021 will be called the UEFA Europa Conference League.

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Why don't they go the whole hog and have a sponsor like Vanarama or Blue Square. Wink


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All teams have now completed one home and one away fixture of the group stages.

In the race for the top 15 Czech Republic, Denmark and Greece have maintained their places the right side of the line, but the most group stage points picked up by contenders to date have gone to Serbia, Scotland and Switzerland.

Slavia Praha, denied a victory in Milan in stoppage time, nevertheless earned a precious draw that took the Czech Republic above 27 points in the five-season rankings. København beat Lugano before sharing the points in the bridge derby to keep Denmark 14th and lengthen the gap to 15th. Olympiacos recovered a two goal deficit to draw with Tottenham Hotspur but Greece owe their continued place inside the top 15 mainly to APOEL's surprising home defeat to Dudelange - Cyprus in 16th. Behind Cyprus the other challengers have all closed ground. Serbia up to 17th Crvena zvezda and Partizan with two wins and a draw. Croatia have dropped to 18th despite Dinamo Zagreb's 4-0 trouncing of Atalanta. Scotland matched Serbia's performances over the first two matchdays and currently are three wins short of 15th place. Finally, Switzerland remain in outside contention having reduced their deficit to Greece by nearly a quarter.

Early days, but with Greece and Cyprus in difficulty one of Serbia, Croatia and Scotland must fancy reaching the top 15 by the end of the group stages. At that point we will have a better idea what will be needed to catch Denmark (who by then should be 13th) and Czech Republic.

Armenia and Andorra have both recorded ranking point records this season despite their clubs being eliminated during the qualifying stages. They have been joined by Luxembourg who began the group stages 39th, lowest of the survivors in this season's competitions, rising to 35th following Dudelange's 4-3 win at APOEL which lifted Luxembourg to their all-time record for the second season running.

Scotland's run at the head of the one-season rankings came to an end Wednesday evening. Ajax's 3-0 ECL win at Valencia lifted Netherlands to the summit.


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All teams now two thirds of the way through the group stages.

The big story of matchdays three and four Scotland. Celtic beat Lazio twice whilst Rangers drew in Portugal before beating Porto 2-0 at Ibrox. Those are very impressive results. Scotland began the group stages 19th, had temporarily risen but were still 19th this morning, now up to 16th just one draw short of entering the top 15. Celtic are already sure of participating in the Europa last 32, Rangers favourably placed to join them. Perhaps a little premature to congratulate Scotland but after these results it would be a major surprise if they don't finish inside the top 15 this season. Scotland currently three wins short of 27 points poised to enter the top 15 over matchdays five and six.

Elsewhere Czech Republic and Denmark have further consolidated top 15 places. Slavia Praha having collected a second unexpected point in the ECLGS, adding a draw in Barcelona to that they previously obtained in Milan. Czech Republic thus maintain 13th position for the moment. Denmark continue to close as København drew 1-1 twice with Dynamo Kyiv, Denmark now on the 27 point mark.

Cyprus up to 15th after a late Nicolas Iannou goal helped APOEL add a 2-1 home win to an away draw in Qarabag. APOEL, currently second in their group, will look to seal qualification to maintain Cypriot hopes beyond Christmas.

Greece and Serbia, who each drop two places to 17th and 19th, respectively lost all their matches over these two matchdays. The return ECL Olympiacos versus Crvena zvezda clash should decide which of the two clubs qualifies for the Europa last 32. Croatia retain 18th but must regret the stoppage time ECL disaster in Zagreb. Dinamo may yet reach the ECL last 16 but the odds are now against after they threw away a 3-1 lead against the Ukraine-Brazil representative eleven. Shakhtar now ahead on head to head Dinamo aren't even certain of an Europa place in the New Year.

Switzerland remain outsiders despite cutting half the deficit to 15th over the four Europa League matchdays. Basel are through to the Europa last 32, Young Boys lead their group and Lugano have picked up a couple of points. A couple of sides going deep is Switzerland's only realistic hope of finishing inside the top 15.

Whilst the race is not yet over I wouldn't stake anything on other than Czech Republic, Denmark and Scotland finishing in the top 15. In which order may be clearer when the group stages are complete. Then again I have been wrong before.

 
 


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