Champions League 2021/22: Which teams qualified and who will play in Europa League & UEFA Conference League?

Paul Macdonald
Champions League 2021/22: Which teams qualified and who will play in Europa League & UEFA Conference League?

Chelsea defeated Manchester City in Porto on Saturday to clinch Champions League glory for 2020/21.

The rest of Europe watched on wishing they were involved in the showpiece occasion, battling for what remains the biggest honour in club football.

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Aside from Chelsea and Man City, the continent’s top clubs have already got under way with planning for next season.

Many of them will have another shot at the Champions League.

Others, though, have had to settle for places in UEFA’s other competitions.

The Europa League – which saw Villarreal crowned winners this season after they beat Manchester United – is back once more.

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But there is also a new third-tier tournament to consider, the UEFA Europa Conference League.

While the prestige of the Conference League has been questioned, there are other sides who are even worse off who will not play any European football at all in 2021/22. Premier League heavyweights Arsenal and Bundesliga outfit Gladbach are among that group.

Here, FootballTransfers have analysed the state of play and listed who has qualified for the Champions League next year so far.

Who has qualified for 2021/22 Champions League?

The top four teams in England, Spain, Italy and Germany automatically reach the Champions League group stage.

That is because those four nations are the highest ranked in UEFA’s club coefficient.

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This year Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea have progressed from the Premier League.

Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg are the teams to represent the Bundesliga.

In Serie A, it is Inter, Milan, Atalanta and Juventus who make the Champions League.

Champions League 2021/22: Which teams qualified and who will play in Europa League & UEFA Conference League?

Champions League 2021/22: Which teams qualified and who will play in Europa League & UEFA Conference League?

The four teams to qualify for Europe’s top club competition from Spain’s league positions are Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla. But this year La Liga will have a fifth representative.

As Villarreal won the Europa League, they will become the fifth team from Spain’s top flight to play in the 2021/22 group stage. That is despite finishing the domestic season in seventh position.

France and Portugal get two automatic qualifiers each for the group stage. Lille, PSG, Porto and Sporting CP take those spots.

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Five more teams from the rest of Europe have achieved automatic entry after winning their respective leagues.

Zenit, Club Brugge, Dynamo Kiev, Ajax and Besiktas are those sides.

In total, 26 of the 32 qualifiers are already locked in for the Champions League.

What teams could still qualify for the Champions League?

The final six spots are decided upon based on the qualification process.

Two of those emerge from the ‘champions path’, consisting only of domestic champions.

Four others come from the ‘league path’ – those who have the opportunity due to coming second or third in those leagues which are highly ranked by UEFA but still below the biggest four.

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The champions path includes teams like RB Salzburg and Brondby, who are just one play-off match away from qualification.

Champions League 2021/22: Which teams qualified and who will play in Europa League & UEFA Conference League?

Champions League 2021/22: Which teams qualified and who will play in Europa League & UEFA Conference League?

Rangers and Slavia Prague will need to win two games to reach the lucrative group stage.

Sides who enter at an even earlier stage include Olympiacos, Young Boys and Dinamo Zagreb.

The league path consists of some notable teams, with Monaco, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Spartak Moscow and Genk starting in the third qualifying round, meaning they need to win two ties.

Earlier in the process will see teams like Celtic and Galatasaray enter the mix.

Who has qualified for 2021/22 Europa League?

There is more uncertainty when it comes to qualifiers for the UEFA Europa League.

In the Champions League we already know all but six participants. But just 12 of the 32 teams who will play in the Europa League group stages are confirmed.

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FA Cup winners Leicester City, who narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot for the second straight campaign, and sixth-placed Premier League team West Ham are the English representatives.

Final Serie A placings mean Napoli and Lazio will fly the flag for Italy, with Real Sociedad and Real Betis doing the same for Spain.

Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen make up a strong Bundesliga contingent.

Lyon and Marseille enter the competition from France, with domestic cup winners in Portugal and Russia – Braga and Lokomotiv Moscow – also confirmed entrants.

Teams who drop out of the Champions League qualification process will fall into the Europa League system.

The 12 confirmed group teams will be joined by the six clubs who lose in the Champions League play-off round.

Four more from the UCL process will also enter the group stages, teams from the league path who lost in the third qualifying round.

Champions League 2021/22: Which teams qualified and who will play in Europa League & UEFA Conference League?

Champions League 2021/22: Which teams qualified and who will play in Europa League & UEFA Conference League?

The final 10 spots are filled by those who progress through Europa League qualifying.

Some of those teams are not yet known as it depends who wins and loses in the early rounds of the Champions League process.

But we know AZ, Fenerbahce and Antwerp are among the sides who will enter the play-off round. That comes after finishing third in their domestic leagues, meaning they need just one win to reach the group phase.

Who has qualified for 2021/22 Europa Conference League?

The Europa Conference League is a new addition to the UEFA calendar this season.

No teams automatically reach the group stage in this competition. But that status will be granted to the 10 teams who lose in the Europa League play-off round.

The two most high-profile teams we know will be taking part in the Conference League qualifying process are Tottenham and Roma. The Italians are now managed by former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.

Champions League 2021/22: Which teams qualified and who will play in Europa League & UEFA Conference League?

Champions League 2021/22: Which teams qualified and who will play in Europa League & UEFA Conference League?

Union Berlin, Rennes and Portuguese team Pacos are the other three teams who will be involved in the play-off round with Spurs and Roma.

Three teams who lose in the third round of Europa League qualifying will also take part.

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There are other teams who have reached the Conference League but must now win multiple qualifying games. Should they do that, they will reach the group section of Europe’s third competition.

Anderlecht, Rubin Kazan, Copenhagen and BATE Borisov all fit into that category.

Feyenoord, Hibs, Aberdeen, AEK Athens and Partizan Belgrade are also hoping to feature in the group stage of the first Conference League.

With the final Champions League spots still up for grabs and plenty to play for in the Europa League and Conference League, attention will quickly turn back to club football once Euro 2020 is over.

But 26 of the biggest teams on the continent are safe in the knowledge they will be in the UCL.

After the huge game between Man City and Chelsea, who will come out on top in 2021/22?