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Uefa moves Champions League final

The Champions League final will move from its midweek slot to Saturday from 2010, Uefa has announced.

The first Saturday evening final will be at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

Qualification will also change, with 22 teams qualifying based on their league standing, and a two-part tournament for the remaining 10 places.

Five of them will be disputed by 15 teams from leading nations, and teams from Uefa's 40 other member nations will compete for the last five places.

Format changes also mean that three Premier League teams will qualify automatically for the group stage, as will the champions of Scotland.

But the fourth-placed Premier League side will face a stiffer test in the qualifying round, as they are more likely to face stronger opponents than under the current format.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/7120518.stm
 
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