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Bin the UEFA Cup!

Bin the UEFA Cup!

I'm not one to criticise too much (in public anyway!) when something is someone else's work, especially when it is only a matter of opinion but the thought the UEFA Cup should be binned is ludicrous.

Stephen Mills, who writes for has questioned the merits of an apparently "increasingly pointless competition." Whilst I can understand, and even agree with some of the theories behind such a suggestion I cannot, and will not agree that the UEFA Cup should be abolished.

It clearly isn't the tournament it once was and the fact that teams not good enough for the Champions League (when they get knocked out) are drafted in is bang out of order, but the UEFA Cup makes European football possible for the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Middlesbrough etc. and even some of this countries biggest clubs in the shape of Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

He says he is an Aston Villa fan, so he isn't one of these "big boys" looking down on the minnows, but such a move (doing away with the UEFA Cup) would make the strangle hold the "bigger clubs" have on the game throughout the European Leagues, let alone Europe even stronger and would in all effectiveness leave pretty much 16 other Premiership club with virtually nothing to play for over the course of a season (except avoiding relegation of course!), we'd be better off just letting these "bigger clubs" play on their own, or break away (as has often been suggested) to form a European Super League.

The whole European football concept has changed dramatically over the years and isn't the same as it used to be but this is the football governing bodies fault, this is something we must ALL think about! They changed the European format, in particular to suit the Champions League to accommodate more "bigger sides", as a result the European Cup Winners Cup was combined with the UEFA Cup which means some lesser known or glamorous clubs take part in the UEFA Cup format as it is now. Maybe it should be more of a thought that the Cup Winner Cup should be re-introduced?!?!

Whatever, I'd rather take part in a "second rate" European competition than none at all…

To see the article written by's Stephen Mills click here.


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Date:Wednesday May 16 2007
Time: 2:34PM


Utter rubbish, this would send the game into a greater decline than the decline it threatens to take. It would in effect KILL off sides other than the "big four" in this country and the giants of European Leagues. What would the likes of Rovers etc. end up playing for each season!?!? I know we'd follow Rovers (or our club) whatever but if we were basically playing to finish as high up the League behind the big four (hoping to one day break into the top four) what's the point. Cold European nights against a minnow from Latvia appeal to me than cold nights doing nothing, merely looking to get a another (what would be) pointless season out of the way.
Hughes Da Man
16/05/2007 14:39:00
Pointless......???? Increased revenue for clubs with limited budgets, extra variety for fans, more global recognition, the chance for players to win medals.... yeah pretty pointless.
16/05/2007 14:49:00
I couldn't believe what i was reading when i spotted his article - Unbelievable. As you point out, he makes some (almost) valid points, and one i would specifically agree with is that the group stage is ridiculous. However, it's been ridiculous in the Champions league for years - They should be two knockout competitions, and the "drop" into the UEFA cup should be abolished.
Head Rover Heels
16/05/2007 14:50:00
he's just bitter that villa lost out in the fair play ballot.... that's the real embarrassment to the UEFA cup!
16/05/2007 14:51:00
totally agree with this article ... I mean the UEFA cup is not just for the clubs you mentuioned ... what about when millwall lived the dream getting in there through the FA cup !!!
16/05/2007 14:58:00
The reason the UEFA Cup is held with such distane is the fact it is the smaller, runt of a brother of it's almighty concuring Champions League brother, take some of the money away from that and give it to the UEFA Cup (as they should!) and teams will VERY much want to be a part of it, not that many don't want to be anyway. Let's not forget the Champions League was once the European Cup, a cup for ONLY the winners of the League. It's still a great competition but why isn't he arguing that this is making a mockery of the European Cup?!?! A team that finishes a dozen points or more behind the League winners can win the damn thing can't they, Despite the obviously quality, quality sides in the tournament is this not more of a mockery of a tourament that the UEFA Cup?!?!
Hughes Da Man
16/05/2007 15:00:00
Exactly dazednconfuzed, it gives ALL clubs a dream to look for when entering Cup competitons as well, winning a Cup (or runner up to a team already in Europe) and you can play in the UEFA Cup. European football is the DREAM for every club, few achieve it, but those that do love it.
Hughes Da Man
16/05/2007 15:03:00
I will never forget this year's UEFA Cup exploits. It is what made it a standout season.... ask Newcastle, everton, Bolton and even the blooody arrogant Spurs fans if they would like it scrapped??!??!!?!
16/05/2007 15:27:00
I don't think you'll find many teams that would want it scrapped would you Mikey? Although one of my best friends said yesterday, and this surprised me and even angered me BIG time "I'm not so sure UEFA Cup football is so important now, it's not a tournament that I take much interest in, so I don't think it effects what signings can or can't be made as a result of being in it or not!" I wasn't best please and argued my point, but needless to say he is a Champions League veteran who hasn't had to deal with mere "UEFA Cup" football for a long time, he's one of the big four followers, but has been his WHOLE life.
Hughes Da Man
16/05/2007 15:37:00
For me, that's why our league needs a good shake up - Nothing against your mate, but followers of the top four teams seem to have lost all grip on the reality of football. Their dominance has been so all-consuming that they now completely underestimate everything but their grip on the champions league.
Head Rover Heels
16/05/2007 16:50:00
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