Champions League UEFA want to make changes
One of the great parts of the Super Bowl is the week-long build-up to the biggest game of the season, with the media access days right down to the masses of fans who descend on a city, and Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed there are plans to try and copy that formula with regards to the Champions League final.
In response to the increasing will of the bigger clubs to form a European Super League, UEFA have made no secret of the fact they want to make changes to the Champions League to benefit the longevity of the competition.
“UEFA are viewing the final week as a major footballing attraction, a bit like the Super Bowl,” Rummenigge explained in an interview with Bayern Munich‘s in-house media department.
“That sounds good, in my opinion. The group phase of the Champions League is boring.”
The Champions League reform project would come into effect from the start of the 2024/25 season, and it would see the competition expand from 32 to 36 teams, as well as a creation of a first phase with six groups of six teams.
In a report published by the Times, these changes have had the approval of the European Club Association, and there would be more high-profile matches which in turn would increase revenue.
If the reform is officially approved, the two teams reaching the Champions League final would play a total of 17 matches in the tournament, as opposed to the 13 at the moment.