After defeating Red Bull Salzburg, Storm Graz and Austria Vienna in their last group game in this week’s European Cup, Austria’s placement in the UEFA rankings for five years has become uncomfortable.
The domestic league is still 10th most important, but there is a danger from behind – especially against 12th Turkey, 2.5 points behind, who still have four clubs in the race next year.
Even eleventh place can be enough
On the other hand, UEFA will only be represented in the Europa League in 2023 with Red Bull Salzburg. If the 10th place cannot be maintained by the end of this season, the Austrian champions will lose their place in the Champions League for the 2024/25 season.
So far, he has moved up eleventh if the Champions League winner has qualified for the “First Division” via the national championship.
This will end from 2024/25, when the European Cup reforms will come into effect. In this case, the place of the defending champion will automatically pass to the team with the best position in the UEFA club rating from among the participants in the UEFA Champions League qualifying tournament path.
Next season, the Austrian champions will still play in the group stage of the Champions League.