Europa League winners to get Champions League spot from 2015
The Europa League winners will earn a place in the following season's Champions League from 2015 onwards, it is confirmed
The Europa League winners will earn a place in the following season’s Champions League from 2015 onwards, Uefa has confirmed.
The decision, designed to raise the profile and boost interest in Europe’s second tier club competition, was made at Uefa’s Congress in London following months of discussions.
“I am convinced that these new changes will help to further boost the Europa League,” said European Club Association (ECA) chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
“ECA’s input in the decision-making process was important and always welcomed by Uefa. It is another example of the strong collaboration between the two organisations.
“The Europa League is a very good competition and will continue to develop and grow in the future.”
Uefa president Michel Platini said that the decision will further improve the importance of the competition, which was won by Chelsea this season.
“As was proven with this year’s magnificent final, the Europa League has gone from strength to strength, but we wanted to give clubs a further incentive, so that all of them play with a desire to win the competition,” Platini said.
“By guaranteeing access to the Champions League for the winners, we are convinced that the Europa League will increase its appeal for clubs and their supporters.”
It was also confirmed that Berlin’s Olympic Stadium will host the Champions League final in 2015, while that year’s Europa League final will be held at Warsaw’s National Stadium.