Saudi Arabian Clubs in the Champions League

Most of the stars of European football are now in the Saudi Pro League. After Ronaldo, one by one Benzema, Sadio Mane, Ngolo Kante, Roberto Firmino and finally Neymar joined the desert league. Competition has also increased with the quality of the game. Crossing the boundaries of the Gulf empire, Saudi Arabia now wants to set foot in Europe. Saudi club wants to participate in UEFA Champions League. But is that possible? According to UEFA rules, only the best clubs in Europe take part there. Apart from this, no club has the opportunity to participate there. But the Saudi authorities want one of their clubs to participate through a ‘wild card’. For this, they will officially apply to UEFA.

The Saudi League authorities will apply to UEFA to allow the Saudi Pro League champion club to participate in the Champions League. Games such as the Olympics often feature ‘wild cards’ for countries and competitors who are outside the qualification criteria. Saudi clubs want to play in Europe’s Champions League under the same rules. Currently, 32 European clubs play in a doubles league format, divided into group stages. The Saudi authorities want a singles league with 36 teams before the knockout stage. And the best four clubs from outside Europe can get a chance to participate with a ‘wild card’.

This demand has not yet been put forward in proposal form and it is not certain whether UEFA will change their rules even if it is granted. However, a few months ago, the UEFA president said in an event that they would like to go to the United States to play some Champions League matches in the future, and some clubs from the region outside of Europe may have the opportunity to play there.

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