Greece Secures Five European Places for 2018-2019 Season
With Olympiacos securing their place in the next round of the UEFA Europa League, Greece secured at minimum 14th place in UEFA’s Association Rankings for 2016-2017, meaning five teams will represent Greece in the 2018-2019 UEFA season.
Olympiacos’ win away to Osmanlispor and PAOK’s draw away to Schalke, along with the elimination of teams from countries below Greece in the standings, secured Greece at minimum 14th place in UEFA’s Association Rankings for this season. The rank guarantees Greece five clubs in the 2018-2019 UEFA season.
This means that next year’s Greek Superleague champion (2017-2018) will be granted a place in the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round while the 2017-2018 Superleague runner up will begin in the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League 2nd qualifying round.
The remaining three Greek teams will play in the UEFA Europa League. The 2017-2018 Greek Cup champion will begin in the 2018-2019 Europa League third qualifying round while both the 3rd and 4th placed teams from the Greek Superleague will be placed in the Europa League second qualifying round.
The 2018-2019 UEFA season will be the first season that UEFA implements their changes to the allocation of teams per country. The changes benefit the “stronger”, higher ranked nations while teams from lower ranked countries, such as Greece (14th), will have a much more difficult task to qualify for the group stages of both the Champions and Europa League.
AGONAsport.com will breakdown the changes that are expected in the coming days...