The European Club Association says it is happy with Champions League set-up

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of FC Bayern Muenchen celebrates with his player Bastian Schweinsteiger on the Bayern Muenchen Champions League Finale banquet at Grosvenor House on May 25, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Image: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: Backing Champions League set-up

The European Club Association (ECA) has insisted it is backing the current UEFA Champions League format after Galatasaray chairman Unal Aysal called for a European Super League.

Meanwhile, the conference also saw another European league idea put forward - but this time one for nations, with the idea that friendlies could be disposed of. The idea would see all 54 members nation compete in up to ten mini-leagues, with the hope it would improve interest around international games away from the two major tournaments - the World Cup and European Championship. The Norwegian FA president, Yngve Hallen, who sits on UEFA's national committee for international tournaments, told The Guardian: "It is true that a series of games is one of the models being discussed. "The success of the Champions League has already inspired the Europa League. This is also something they are trying to look at in connection with the Nations League - how this can sharpen the market. That's what this is largely about. "But there have been very clear political guidelines from all 54 federations that the focus needs to be on the football/competitive aspect. All countries should have equal opportunities. "No-one should have to qualify for this tournament - everyone plays from the first game. And then there is also a recognition that tournament form should be easy to understand for most people. All this we need to work out."

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