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  1. socceryankdan April 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm |

    Dan was confused on his Portuguese teams (they are easy to confuse really, ha), it was Porto under the tutelage of Mourinho that won the Europa League, and then the following season the Champions League.
    The Yanks were confused whether the Europa League winner gets an automatic bid into the Champions League, and for the record, no. You would need to qualify for the Champions League in the traditional fashion.
    Dan had mentioned that there is alternative road to European qualification, here are some more details: UEFA Fair Play – The three highest placed national associations in the UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking will each automatically gain an extra qualification berth for the First Qualifying Round, providing they have exceeded the threshold of games played, and have a minimum average score of 8.0. These berths are then allocated to the highest placed club in that association’s own Fair Play league that has not yet qualified for either the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Europa League. Where Dan was wrong…England currently sit in fourth place, although Arsenal does lead England.


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