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BotN: UEFA to sex-up Europa League with 'dramatic new storylines' & 'mental stunts'

European football big-wigs have decided it's time to sex-up the Champions League's little brother, so to speak. Back of the Net's Paul Watson has the details...

A leaked UEFA document has outlined plans to improve the image of the Europa League by introducing a series of âÂÂdramatic new storylinesâ and âÂÂmental stunts.âÂÂ

The Europa League has struggled with its image since being re-branded in 2009, as clubs have often attached more importance to their domestic campaigns than the coveted title of '17th best team in Europe' famously inscribed on the oversized trophy.

In recent years various managers have rested key players, fairly important players and utility players for Europa League ties, instead opting to field an assortment of youth players, forgotten men and dangerous loners.

As a result, major TV channels have been less interested in acquiring rights often opting to protect their image by broadcasting Champions League previews or hardcore pornography instead.

Last seasonâÂÂs competition was overshadowed when winners Atletico Madrid forgot to stay for the trophy presentation after their 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao and had to have the Coupe UEFA posted to the Estadio Vicente Calderon, where a surly caretaker refused to sign for it.

That's Diana Ross under the helmet, by the way...

Now UEFA are desperate to raise the profile of the competition that was once labelled âÂÂa punishmentâ by former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp and have taken some bold measures.

In a leaked document, UEFA have outlined plans to âÂÂinject energyâ into the Europa League by adding several high-profile guest teams as wild cards, including the Dutch 1974 World Cup team.

In the knock-out stages there will be no corners or throw-ins and any game level on aggregate will be decided by a game of musical chairs.

Amongst the more controversial suggestions is UEFAâÂÂs idea of a fraught love triangle between Tottenham, Club Bruges and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

âÂÂSome of the suggestions are a bit radical,â Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers admitted to âÂÂBut when you look at the lethargic way we played against Udinese I wonder whether it maybe would have been better to set the ball on fire in the 55th minute.

âÂÂAnd IâÂÂd certainly have backed us if itâÂÂd gone to the chairs â IâÂÂve made no secret that IâÂÂve got my five takers lined up already.âÂÂ

Editor's note: this isn't a serious accusation and all quotes are fictionalised. But you knew that, because you're not stupid. 

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