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New Champions League format for 2024 will be a “success”, says PSG president

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The sharp rise in television rights shows that the new format for the European Champions League, scheduled for 2024, is already a success, said the president of Paris Saint GermainNasser Al-Khelaifi.

“Sales of the new format in the United States, even without the Spanish language, increased by 150%. In the United Kingdom and France they also increased a lot”, declared the director at a conference organized near Lisbon by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) .

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“I think this demonstrates that the new format is a huge success before it even starts, just for the sales of TV rights,” said Al-Khelaifi.

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The European Champions League will undergo its most drastic overhaul in 20 years in 2024, made official in May this year after the imbroglio generated by the Superliga project, launched in 2021 by several European clubs with the idea of ​​creating a private competition.

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“Football must develop, but in a way that respects all clubs: small, medium and large,” said the PSG president, who also chairs the European Club Association (ECA) and is vice-president. Uefa president.

The TV rights to European club competitions were sold for €15 billion (BRL 76.7 billion at current prices) for three years (from 2024 to 2027), a leap that is due to the increase in the number of Champions League participants. for 36 teams.

The new format, which will come into effect in the 2024/2025 season, provides for an eight-round mini-championship including all teams instead of the traditional group stage.

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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