Europa Conference League: 5 reasons why UEFA's new competition is a good thing

Europa Conference League trophy
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Thursday nights just got a little busier! The inaugural Europa Conference League is about to kick off, joining the Champions League and Europa League as the third European club competition.

It's UEFA's first truly new club tournament since the introduction of the UEFA Cup (which became the Europa League in 2009) 50 years ago. Here are five reasons why the Conference League - despite its trophy resembling a stylised office bin - should be a worthy addition to the game.

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...