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Friday, June 10, 2005

UEFA Champions League decision - to have been expected

The decision by UEFA to allow Liverpool into the forthcoming Champions League season has been met with some trepidation, particularly from those associated with the club, but it is one to have been expected. Liverpool will have to endure six games, three qualifers, before entering the group stage. Of course, that is if they win the qualifiers. Yet given that we had not qualified via our domestic position, we shouldn't be complaining about where we start. I would have preferred we were not allowed in, for the sake of the rules and adhering to them for the fair running of the competition, and also because I feel Liverpool now should build towards winning the Premiership. But whatever comes our way, we will prepare and face it.



Blogger Mark said...

Am I alone in thinking that Champions League qualifying rounds are far better pre-season training than a trip to Japan. At least they will be meaningful games. If we had come fourth we would have to enter the third qualifying round anyway.

6/10/2005 10:03 pm

Blogger Skippy said...

Mark, that is a positive way of looking at the situation.
My personal view is that Liverpool should have been allowed to enter the group stages.

To ask the European Champions to play in a 3rd round qualifier is disrespectful.

6/12/2005 12:58 pm

Blogger Skippy said...

I meant 1st round qualifier.

6/12/2005 12:59 pm

Blogger SKG said...

i agree with skippy but at least this sort of thing will never occur again - uefa has now said that furture winners will automatically qualify for the champions league group stages.

6/12/2005 9:06 pm

Blogger T said...

It is clear that UEFA ignored the rules for commercial reasons.

To allow the fifth-placed Pool into the so called 'champions' league makes a mockery of what used to be known as the European Cup- a cup reserved for champions in the strict sense of the word.

I recognise this comes off as harsh, but the purist in me thinks that 5th place should be just about good enough for a UEFA cup spot.

But then again- money now takes precedence when decisions are taken in the corridors of football power these days.

This explains why England now has five clubs in a competition which only a decade ago would only accept ONE club per country.

Respect to Redsman for your stance of abiding by the rules.

Good to hear from you again Mark.

6/14/2005 5:39 pm

Blogger Skippy said...

I cannot accept the argument that just because Liverpool finished 5th they don't deserve to defend their crown.

UEFA made a big mistake by changing the rules few seasons ago and now they have rectified this by changing the rules so the Champion's will be allowed to defend their crown irrespective of their league position.

To suggest that Liverpool should be in the UEFA cup is highly disrespectful.

Liverpool have done this country proud and I think its time some people gave Liverpool the respect that they deserve.

The rules as they stood on the night Liverpool won the Champion's league were ambiguous. They needed to be changed.

Lets show a little bit more respect to the European Champion.

6/14/2005 10:09 pm

Blogger Berry said...

UEFA allowed Liverpool into the (first round of qualifiers of) Champ League because they hold the title of UEFA CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE and are given the chance to defend their title.
Liverpool winning the Champ League means English teams are represented in great numbers in the Champ League and gives other teams a chance to win the title.

6/15/2005 1:16 pm

Blogger Abdul said...

For want of a better phrase, "beggars cant be choosers" comes to mind. Liverpool should thank their lucky stars that they are even in next years competition rather than being subjected to the European equivalent of the "Autowindscreens Trophy".

Besides, as Mark says, these preliminary matches could be good pre-season practice.

6/15/2005 2:19 pm

Blogger SKG said...

"the european cup - a cup reserved for champions" says ts.

liverpool are the champions so that's the end of that debate.

maybe i should say it 5 times.

6/15/2005 8:01 pm

Blogger Skippy said...

Liverpool are no beggars they are the European Champion, they have won the cup 5 times, more than any other English teams.

Liverpool should not thank no one, they should be seeded into the group stages as of right. They are the title holders (TH) and as a title holder they should be straight into the group stages. Don't take my word for it, look at the rules.

6/15/2005 8:57 pm

Blogger T said...

Woah my Liverpool supporting friends.

No one aims to take away from your team's accomplishment- which from my standpoint was, and still is, appreciated by all football fans.

However, the rules never stated that the cup holders gained automatic qualification for the competition.

This was to be earned through performance in the domestic league: a rationale I respect becuase it emphasises the priority of domestic football.

Pointing this out is not to disrespect Liverpool, and not intended too either.

Funnily enough, UEFA said that when first formulating the rules, they never considered the prospect that a team could win the European cup without also qualifying for the next years competition through their own domestic league.

The UEFA rulesmen all thought: this is a given...

6/15/2005 11:57 pm


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