I was talking to a derry City mate of mine before the fridays games if he would like a Champions League Qualifiers run or a direct place in the UEFA Cup group stages if they won the league.He choose the UEFA group stages. I know Irish teams have made big strides in both compitions in past years but which compition would you choose for the Winners of the eircom league? Should the club have choice of which one they would like to enter. I think money wise UEFA cup would be better.
Pull my finger!!!
However, its an option that wouldn't take place due to the multitude of teams participating in Euro comps - there has to be qualification to get rid of the poorer teams, which unfortunately we still are rated as.
As Irishmen we dilute our sense of nation by depending on the English to bring us our balls
This is ludicrous. If our champions don't enter the Champions' league qualifiers it devalues our league.
If we assume that an Irish team will eventually make the group stages of a European competiton at some stage in the nest 5-10 years, and if we also assume that that is more likely to happen in the UEFA Cup - given the fact that the teams you are likely to face there are easier than in the CL (not that anyone told DCFC that this year ! ) - then bizarrely you could argue that it would actually be more beneficial for an Irish team to finish in a UEFA slot in a season than as Champions, on the basis that it increases their likelihood of group qualification.
The first Irish club to make it to the group stages of a European competition will have cracked open a pot of gold that should serve them well for the following few years. If only City had got Litecks Lovech instead of PSG for the First Round Proper this year, then we'd have had a genuine chance of Group stage progression.
Bizarrely as well - if we do get clubs appearing in the group stages more than once, then we may have to reverse the Summer League. It'd be daft to have a club playing in the top level of European competition weeks after our regular season has finished, as they'd be totally out of match shape.
All a few years away yet though...
Pull my finger!!!
F**k that! Anyone who stood out in the bitter cold in Drogheda last Friday won't want to go back to winter soccer. I shudder to remember what it was like in December and January.
I would go for UEFA Cup but that's mainly for personal reasons, I guess if you have a good draw the CL is financially more attractive. I boycot CL however, as I find it simply ridiculous to see a nr 4 team from England or Spain while actual champions of several countries are missing. IMHO the champions of Luxembourg have more rights to be in the Champions League than Liverpool or AC Milan. The CL should be champions only, full stop. How is UEFA thinking the gap between the G14 (or G16?) and the rest is going to be closed anytime, when always the same teams grab the Champions League millions? The CL is turning football into an elitist sport and should be boycotted by all pure football fans. Also, if one is not bored yet from the same teams and same games every year, I don't get it. Chelsea and Barca played each other so often now that the 'deja vu' feeling should even make the biggest gloryhunter fall asleep in front of his TV.
Financially I'd say Ireland would do best with a CL entry, but purely looking at my own opinion: the CL is a disgusting tournament and doesn't deserve any attention from Irish football fans. If Ireland never gets to close the gap with the rest of Europe, than look no further why. Luckily Platini is wanting to get the nr of CL slots per country down, FINALLY a voice of reason.
We can't blame Liverpool for our standing in the rankings - just like we can't thank them either for our recent climb. We've managed to recently rise up the rankings without the current system changing, and I expect we will continue to rise again in the coming years. Which shows that closing the gap has zero to do with the structure of the tournaments, and is more about the quality of our league vis-a-vis other leagues.
An ideal situation would be where the champions go into the CL but if they get knocked out in the qualifying round for the group stages they can have a bash at the Uefa Cup and still get into the group stages there.
Oh wait a minute.....
It's obviously going to be easier to get into UEFA group stages than CL but that option is available even to the team in the CL.
Foot.ie's entire existence is predicated on the average idiot's inability to ignore other idiots
I am with Gerrit 100% on the CL and the meaninglessness of the name.
The UEFA Champions League, would if it applied to any other industry, be taken to court under the Trade Descriptions Act. How can coming 3rd or 4th in your domestic league make you a Champion?
Inviting former European Cup Champion clubs into the competition would have more merit. At least their names are on the ROll of Honour of having won the European Cup , at some point in their history. Has been Champions in a competition has more merit than never wases !
Last edited by CollegeTillIDie; 23/11/2006 at 10:41 PM.
PSG UEFA Cup Group watch:Originally Posted by dcfcsteve
PSG 2-4 Tel Aviv
What do Tel Aviv know, that Derry don't?
Bizarrely as well - if we do get clubs appearing in the group stages more than once, then we may have to reverse the Summer League.
More ludicrous than bizarre.
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Keep Tallaght Tidy, Throw your rubbish in the Jodi
The Champions League is bar far best option financially. Its 100k for each qualifier you partake in plus 160k if don't make group stages. While disappointed to lose this year Cork City pocket 360k this season in prize money. The profile of CL games is much higher. Shels got 22k people for 3rd qualifying round.
City had hard enough draw so with easier draw might have made 3rd round add extra 100k plus Uefa 1st round game.
Uefa Cup has maybe 50k per round. Derry City would have pocketed 150k & Drogs 100k prize money this season. No Uefa Cup game would attract 22k like Shels had.
I don't dispute that team will make Uefa Group stages before CL but how much realistically would you make in tv money? Remember its only 2 home games & I don't think any massive gate receipts on offer. Maybe 500k maximum? Look at current Uefa groups & best for tv would be Newcastle, Fenerbahce, Palermo, Celta Vigo, Eintracht Frankfurt. Sky & BBC do not show Uefa Cup so no one would pay 250k for even Newcastle match.
Last edited by pete; 23/11/2006 at 11:05 PM.
Bring back Rocketman!
So if Derry beat St.Pats in the FAI Cup what happens to the UEFA Cup place, does it go to third place Cork in the league and does that then mean that Drogs go into the Inter-toto?
Last edited by bawn79; 24/11/2006 at 7:41 AM.
Champions league is far better financially, hence Ollie doing all he can to make sure Shels are there. He couldn't give a fiddlers about the league trophy, its the CL cash.