Just thought id share my view on the current state of the game and my the fears I have for it. Since the introduction of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams to the Champions League has seen a massive downfall in the excitement of European Football. Does anyone really care about the group stages? The majority of the excitement from the champions league doesnt arrive until the knockout stages. Now let me show you how this affects Europe as a whole. The increasing of team numbers of the Champions League has had a huge effect on the Uefa Cups quality, therefore reducing interest in the competition. No disrespect to any teams mentioned but I remember watching Inter, Bayern, Ajax, Dortmund in the 90s in the 2000s we have finals including Middlesbrough, CSKA Moscow and Espanyol. This also effects the domestic game. The 4 qualifier system in England i beleive is ruining the game. Teams such as Liverpool and Arsenal have had bad seasons years before but because they have had the Champions League their seasons have not fell to pieces. Each time these teams reached the final they were miles from the actual league winners. If we restored the European Cup to One qualifier would these teams accept such mediocre seasons with no Champions League to fall back on? Now a argument for this case would be "They would just rely on their Uefa Cup Place instead". This would be true but if we reduced the number of places availible for the Uefa Cup and reintroduced the Cup Winners Cup, it will also bring excitement back to domestic cup competitions. Again in England I remember FA Cup wins for Spurs, Everton and final Appearances for forest, Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wedensday and Aston Villa. Now on of the big 4 are guaranteed to win it with if were lucky a smaller team as the losing finalist. The introduction of these competitions would make the leagues more comeptitive also. For example if chelsea were to fail to qualify for any European competition but Spurs won the FA cup and they were both bidding for a player who would he go to? Without the Champions League the so called big teams arent as much as an attraction and smaller teams who are doing well become more attractive. The Champions League is simply helping the rich become richer and the poor become poorer and killing any competitve streak in the game. The examples I have used have been English, this is because its what i know best, but I can assure you their are similar not identical stories across Europe. However it will never happen, I can only dream.