2011–12 UEFA Champions League: Wikis

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The 2011–12 UEFA Champions League will be the 57th edition of the European Club Championship football tournament and the third edition under the latest qualifying format. The final final venue will be the Allianz Arena in Munich, home of Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich,[1] although the stadium will be renamed "Fußball-Arena München" for the match as UEFA does not allow sponsorship by companies that are not among its partner organisations.

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Association team allocation

A total of 76 teams will participate in the 2011–12 Champions League, from 52 UEFA associations (Liechtenstein organizes no domestic league competition). Countries are allocated places according to their UEFA league co-efficient.

The Champions League title holder from the 2010–11 season will be guaranteed a place in the group stage, even if they do not obtain a qualifying place through their domestic league.

The allocation system may change slightly depending on the title holder's domestic placing.

The UEFA ranking 2010[2] determines the allocation of places for the 2011–12 Champions League. Some associations' ranking may change significantly depending on their performance in the remainder of the 2009–10 European season. As a result, the following information is incomplete. Below is the qualification scheme:

  • Associations 1–3 each have four teams qualify
  • Associations 4–6 each have three teams qualify
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify
  • Associations 16–53 each have one team qualify (excluding Liechtenstein)

First qualifying round

  • Six champions from associations 48–53

Second qualifying round

  • Three winners from the first qualifying round
  • 31 champions from associations 16–47 (excluding Liechtenstein)

Third qualifying round for champions

  • 17 winners from the second qualifying round
  • Three champions from associations 13–15

Play-off round for champions

  • 10 winners from the third qualifying round for champions

Third qualifying round for non-champions

  • Runners-up from associations 7–15
  • Third-placed team from association 6

Play-off round for non-champions

  • Five winners from the third qualifying round for non-champions
  • Third-placed teams from associations 4 and 5
  • Fourth-placed teams from associations 1–3

Group stage (32 teams)

  • Five winners from the play-off round for champions
  • Five winners from the play-off round for non-champions
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams from associations 1–3
  • First- and second-placed teams from associations 4–6
  • First-placed teams from associations 7–12
  • Title holder

Qualifying rounds

There will be two separate qualifying tournaments. One will be for the champion clubs who did not automatically qualify for the group stage. The other will be for teams who did not win their domestic league and did not automatically qualify for the group stage.

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First qualifying round

The following teams are expected to compete in the first qualifying round:

  • Faroe Islands Champions of 2010 Vodafonedeildin
  • Northern Ireland Champions of 2010–11 IFA Premiership
  • Luxembourg Champions of 2010–11 Luxembourg National Division
  • Andorra Champions of 2010–11 Primera Divisió
  • Malta Champions of 2010–11 Maltese Premier League
  • San Marino Champions of 2010–11 Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio

Second qualifying round

The following teams are expected to enter in the second qualifying round, joined by the three winners from the first qualifying round:

  • Scotland Champions of 2010–11 Scottish Premier League
  • Bulgaria Champions of 2010-11 A PFG
  • Czech Republic Champions of 2010-11 Gambrinus liga
  • Austria Champions of 2010-11 Austrian Bundesliga
  • Israel Champions of 2010-11 Israeli Premier League
  • Cyprus Champions of 2010-11 Cypriot First Division
  • Norway Champions of 2010 Norwegian Premier League
  • Slovakia Champions of 2010-11 Slovak Superliga
  • Sweden Champions of 2010 Allsvenskan
  • Serbia Champions of 2010-11 Serbian Superliga
  • Poland Champions of 2010-11 Ekstraklasa
  • Croatia Champions of 2010-11 Prva HNL
  • Belarus Champions of 2010 Vysshaja Liga
  • Republic of Ireland Champions of 2010 FAI League of Ireland
  • Finland Champions of 2010 Veikkausliiga
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Champions of 2010-11 Premijer Liga

Third qualifying round

The following teams are expected to compete in the third qualifying round:

For champions

  • Switzerland Champions of 2010-11 Swiss Super League
  • Denmark Champions of 2010-11 Danish Superliga
  • Champions of the 15th ranked association

For best-placed team

  • Turkey Runners-up of 2010-11 Süper Lig
  • Greece Playoff Group Winners of 2010-11 Super League Greece
  • Switzerland Runners-up of 2010-11 Swiss Super League
  • Denmark Runners-up of 2010-11 Danish Superliga
  • Belgium Runners-up of 2010–11 Belgian First Division

Play-off round

Champions Play-off

The 10 winners of the third qualifying round will compete in the play-off round for Champions.

Best-placed team Play-off

The following teams will enter in the play-off round, joined by the 5 winners of the Best-placed team qualifying round:

  • Italy Third placed team of 2010–11 Serie A
  • France Third placed team of 2010-11 Ligue 1

Group stage

The following teams are expected to compete, along with all 10 winners of the Play-off round (5 champions + 5 non-champions), in the group stage of the Champions League:

See also

References

  1. ^ "UEFA announces 2011 and 2012 final venues". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 29 January 2009. http://www.uefa.com/uefa/keytopics/kind=64/newsid=796145.html. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  2. ^ UEFA Country Ranking 2010 Bert Kassies' Site

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