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UEFA withdraw Kazan from 2023 Super Cup, confirm Nations League expansion

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then will host the 2023 UEFA Super Cup after a decision by the European Football Executive Committee.

After a meeting on Wednesday, the Russian city of Kazan has been officially stripped of its hosting duties for next summer’s fixture between this season’s Champions League and Europa League winners due to the invasion from Ukraine.

Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, home of Olympiacos, will stage the game instead in one of several verdicts following talks at UEFA with Nations League expansion.

A quarter-final will be added for the winners and runners-up of League A group, which will be played over two legs in March before the bottom four meet in June.

The teams finishing third in the first tier will also face the runners-up in League B in a relegation play-off, and similarly between Leagues B and C. England were relegated to Group B last year for the 2025 edition of the League of Nations.

Qualifying for the World Cup and European Championships will also be shaken up with 12 groups of four or five teams to be drawn, with UEFA saying this will make qualifying “less predictable and more dynamic”.

The group winners will qualify directly for the major tournaments with the best runners-up, leaving the remaining second-place teams to face a play-off.

The plan is set to take effect from the 2026 World Cup, with England already drawn against Italy and Ukraine in one of ten groups for Euro 2024. 16 additional nations will qualify for the World Cup in North America if an expanded 48-team World Cup is held.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said: “The introduction of the UEFA Nations League has been a success, replacing friendlies with more competitive matches.

“And now, by introducing the new knockout stage, teams will have even more opportunities to progress while maintaining the same number of matches in the international fixture list.

“The predictability of the European Qualifiers has also been addressed and addressed, with a new format that will give all teams an equal chance of qualifying for major tournaments.

“The new format promises to bring more excitement to European national team football competitions which continue to grow.”


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