England and France are the only two countries who allow their Cup-winners to qualify for the Europa League.
Alan Pardew – FA Cup losers should not qualify for Europa League
In all other countries it is simply based on league position, which of course is a much better way of deciding which are the best teams in the country and should therefore qualify for Europe.
But of course if England did that, nobody would bother too much with the FA Cup or the League (Carling) Cup, so the winners of those two cups, and the team that finishes in 5th place in the league, are the three teams who represent England each year in the Europa League.
But it is one particular proviso on qualification in England, that Alan Pardew doesn’t agree with, and it’s the following:
“In the event The FA Cup winners also qualify for the UEFA Champions League, The FA Cup runner-up will qualify for the UEFA Europa League, but in the place reserved for the lowest ranking Barclays Premier League representative”
The way England picks their teams, it’s possible for a side relegated from the Premier League to represent England in the Europa League.
That’s what Birmingham have done this season, and only in England would something so daft be allowed – so the FA must be involved. 😀
This is what the Newcastle manager had to say about this today:
“You also have the Liverpool-Everton FA Cup semi that is going to impact on European qualification.” “It would, of course, suit our European hopes if Liverpool won that tie.”
“Everton could get through to the final and I still think the rule needs to be looked at because, if we finish higher than them in the Premier League, that has to be better than the runners-up in the FA Cup qualifying for the Europa League.”
“If Everton win the FA Cup, I’d say, ‘Fair enough.” “There will be one side of me quite pleased if we don’t qualify for Europe, because it will mean we can attack next season without having the extra pressure of Europa League.”
“Having said that, the other side of me would welcome it because it would take the club forward, bond some of the players to the club, and it would be an achievement of sorts. We could also perhaps add to the squad with the extra finance we’d get.”
We agree with Alan, and it’s not just that would favor Newcastle this year, but you must win the FA Cup before you should qualify for a Europa League position.
And of course Birmingham did win the Carling Cup last year and were relegated, so that unfortunate condition would still stand, but not if they were beaten by Arsenal last year in the final.
What do you think about this?