UEFA has no shortage of ideas when it comes to filling the few empty slots in the Stakhanovite calendar of its best footballers. Latest thought? The creation of a mini-tournament at the start of the Champions League, probably in the United States.
This mini-tournament would oppose four European teams, including the title holder of the C1, according to the newspaper The Team. Also according to the sports daily, it was proposed in a tender document for the period 2024-2027. UEFA admitted it was “an idea mentioned in the tender, but nothing is decided”.
This change would not necessarily increase the number of matches, according to a source familiar with the matter. From the 2024-2025 season, synonymous with the new C1 formula, the Champions League will begin with an 8-day mini-championship with 36 teams, compared to 32 clubs currently playing the group stage over 6 days. In total, 225 matches will be played, instead of 125 today.