Espanyol meets Real Madrid in a La Liga match on Saturday 30 April 2022 (30/04/22) at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain.
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Here’s what you need to know:
WHO: Espanyol vs Real Madrid
When: Saturday, April 30, 2022
time: 10:15 a.m. ET
From where: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
TV: N / A
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More football news courtesy of the Associated Press:
The fear is that with changes to the Champions League, UEFA will create a “monster” that will make the elite even richer.
Eintracht Frankfurt CEO Axel Hellman says he is working with other mid-tier clubs to try and thwart UEFA’s plans to give teams two places based on their five-year historical record in Europe if they break through do not qualify their national achievements.
Safety net places for two teams based on UEFA coefficient points accumulated are planned for 2024 when the Champions League will introduce a new format and expand from 32 to 36 teams.
“When you compete in the Champions League, your coefficient gets higher and higher and the shop is more closed,” Hellman said in a video call Monday. “Therefore I don’t think that should be the right requirement to take part in the European competitions. I would be more open to other leagues and other clubs and so domestic qualifiers are the most important door to keep open.”
Frankfurt are among the teams marginalized in Germany by the dominance of Bayern Munich, enriched by Champions League earnings and highly rated by past European successes. But Frankfurt are preparing for their second Europa League semi-final in four seasons, against West Ham on Thursday.
Hellman is working to protect the path from the smallest national leagues to the top of European football, ensuring that UEFA prize money and television revenue are more evenly distributed between competitions and ensuring financial sustainability is closely monitored.
Enforcement of the rules is important for Hellman to promote balance within European competitions rather than tipping them even more in favor of powerhouse teams – many of whom tried and failed to split and a breakaway Super League a year ago form.
“The other alternative will be clear, if we don’t do that to some degree, we build our own monster,” Hellman said. “The Champions League clubs are going to generate more and more and one day they will try to get into the Super League because that is their only way to meet their capital needs. And we must avoid that.
“That’s why I’m very involved with some other clubs in the initiative to strengthen the interests of medium-sized European clubs.”
He has a team like his own, Frankfurt, who have featured regularly in European competitions in recent seasons. The team also reached the final of the 1960 European Cup, losing in front of around 130,000 fans to a Real Madrid side featuring Ferenc Puskás and Alfredo Di Stéfano and winning the Europa League precursor by beating Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 1980 UEFA Cup final.
If Frankfurt, ninth in the Bundesliga table, beats West Ham over two games and then wins the Europa League final, they qualify for the Champions League.
In a revamped Champions League group stage from 2024, each team will play ten games instead of six based on a single table unless UEFA scales back the expansion.
“I think the gap between the Europa League and the Champions League is too big – the margin is too big,” said Hellman. “What I’m not advocating is the gradual build-up of a closed shop that’s only profitable to itself.”
This season, Villarreal have shown the merits of making the leap from second-tier European competition to the Champions League – by winning the Europa League – with the Spanish club preparing for a semi-final clash with Liverpool on Wednesday.
“We’re just a small club, a middle-class club in Germany, and we’re not the voice of all European clubs,” Hellman said. “But there’s at least one thing we could do. We could give the other civic associations a voice and organize an initiative with a few other associations, we are working on that.”
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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