UEFA Champions League picture becomes clearer after Sevilla win Europa League Final

UEFA Champions League picture becomes clearer after Sevilla’s victory in the Europa League Final against Roma….

A total of 32 teams across Europe make it to the elite competition. Some teams get automatic qualification, while others have to battle for their spot via the hazardous summer qualifiers. In total 78 teams will participate in the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League season. There are 55 UEFA member associations and 53 will be participating in next year’s edition. Each associated nation has a different ranking and the participation depends upon the ranking system.

Ange Postecoglou attends a press conference at Celtic Park in Glasgow on October 24, 2022, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group F football match against Shakhtar Donetsk. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

England, Spain, Italy, and Germany are the top four nations in the standings. They are ranked in a similar fashion. These nations have four representatives each. France and Portugal are ranked fifth and sixth. They have three teams. Netherlands, Austria, Scotland, Serbia, Ukraine, Belgium, Switzerland, and Greece have two participants each. All the remaining nations have one participant.

26 clubs get a direct entry into the Champions League group stage. Only the Europa League winners are left to take their final spot. Other than this, nine other spots are left to be filled. The teams will try their best to play in the Champions League. All  26 clubs have now confirmed their place in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League.

The 2023/24 Champions League group stage will be the last of its kind with UEFA deciding to change to a league format starting from the 2024/25 season.

The top four leagues of course have four automatic Champions League places.

Eddie Howe takes Newcastle United into the Champions League next season (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

In England, the four participants will be Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle United.

In Spain, the four places are taken up by Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad and after Sevilla won the Europa League last night against Jose Mourinho’s Roma, they too have secured their place in the Champions League meaning that there will be five Spanish sides involved next season.

Sevilla’s players celebrate with the trophy on the podium after winning the UEFA Europa League final football match between Sevilla FC and AS Roma at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on May 31, 2023. (Photo by FERENC ISZA/AFP via Getty Images)

In Italy, Napoli, Lazio, Inter Milan and AC Milan have all qualified for the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League, with Roma missing out and  in Germany, the four sides who qualified are Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Union Berlin, which of course means that Josip Juranovic will be back in the Champions League next season after playing in this season’s Group Stages with Celtic.

The remaining nine teams that have automatically qualified are Paris Saint Germain and Lens of France, Benfica and Porto of Portugal, Feyenoord of the Netherlands, RB Salzburg of Austria, Red Star Belgrade of Serbia, Shaktar Donetsk of Ukraine and of course Celtic, the Champions of Scotland.

Ange Postecoglou, Manager of Celtic on Champions League duties this season(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ange Postecoglou’s side will more than likely be put into pot 4 due to our low club coefficient. Only Newcastle United, Union Berlin and Lens have a lower coefficient than Celtic which is worrying statistic and one that the Celtic manager will be looking to improve on over the next few seasons as he sets about his longer term target of re-establishing Celtic as a Champions League level club.

The 2023/24 season will be the last time Champions League teams can drop down into the Europa League which represents a big opportunity for Celtic to really progress into the latter stages of UEFA’s second tier competition.

Ange Postecoglou C, NOVEMBER 2, 2022 – Champions League. Real Madrid v Celtic at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side will go into the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League fresh from their experience earlier this season and will look to stamp their mark on UEFA’s premier competition come September. And the manager will have the support of the Celtic board over the summer transfer window as he looks to strength his squad for the challenges ahead of Celtic next season both domestically and of course in the Champions League.

England: Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle United

Spain: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Real Sociedad, Sevilla

Italy: Napoli, Inter Milan, Lazio

Germany: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Union Berlin

France: PSG, Lens, Marseille (Third qualifying round)

Portugal: Benfica, Porto, Braga (Third qualifying round)

Netherlands: Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven (Third qualifying round)

Austria: Red Bull Salzburg, Sturm Graz (Third qualifying round)

Scotland: Celtic, theRangers (Third qualifying round)

Serbia: Red Star Belgrade, TSC (Third qualifying round)

Ukraine: Shakhtar Donetsk

Switzerland: Young Boys (Play-off round)

Greece: AEK Athens (Third qualifying round), Panathinaikos (Second qualifying round)

Czech Republic: Sparta Prague (Third qualifying round)

Norway: Molde (Second qualifying round)

Croatia: Dinamo Zagreb (Second qualifying round)

Cyprus: Aris Limassol (Second qualifying round)

Israel: Maccabi Haifa (First qualifying round)

Sweden: BK Hacken (First qualifying round)

Romania: Farul Constanta (First qualifying round)

Azerbaijan: Qarabag (First qualifying round)

Hungary: Ferencvaros (First qualifying round)

Poland: Rakow Czestochowa (First qualifying round)

Kazakhstan: Astana (First qualifying round)

Slovakia: Slovan Bratislava (First qualifying round)

Slovenia: Olimpija Ljubljana (First qualifying round)

Belarus: BATE Borisov (First qualifying round)

Moldova: Sheriff Tiraspol (First qualifying round)

Lithuania: Zalgiris (First qualifying round)

Bosnia: Zrinjski Mostar (First qualifying round)

Finland: HJK (First qualifying round)

Luxembourg: Swift Hesperange (First qualifying round)

Latvia: Valmiera (First qualifying round)

Kosova: Ballkani (First qualifying round)

Ireland: Shamrock Rovers (First qualifying round)

Northern Ireland: Larne (First qualifying round)

Faroe Islands: Klaksvikar Itrottarfelag (First qualifying round)

Estonia: Flora (First qualifying round)

Malta: Hamrun Spartans (First qualifying round)

Georgia: Dinamo Tbilisi (First qualifying round)

North Macedonia: Struga (First qualifying round)

Wales: The New Saints (First qualifying round)

Gibraltar: Lincoln Red Imps (First qualifying round)

Iceland: Breioablik (First qualifying round)

Montenegro: Buducnost Podgorica (Preliminary round)

Andorra: Atletic Club d’Escaldes (Preliminary round)

San Marino: Tre Penne (Preliminary round)

James French

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