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UEFA Prioritizes the Champions League in 2020

The Champions League is arguably the world's biggest club competition in soccer. The Europa League is the baby brother, but still holds prestige, and it gives the winner a Champions League spot for the season after, as well as the opportunity to play the UEFA SuperCup.

According to UEFA's latest releases, there is a "commitment to complete all domestic and European club competitions by the end of the current sporting season, i.e. 30 June 2020 at the latest, should the situation improve and resuming playing be appropriate and prudent enough."

Either way, it's also stated that, in case of an expected delay, schedule rearrangements can take place, to shorten this season, or to rearrange the European qualifications for the continental tournaments.

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Champions League is currently at the round of 16, with many teams already awaiting a rival in the quarter-finals. Europa League was about to start the second leg of the round of 16. 

Both tournaments also guaranteed new monarchs since current champions Liverpool were shocked by Atletico Madrid, and Europa League champ Chelsea is participating -and almost knocked out after an 0-3 defeat at home to Bayern Munich- in the Champions League.

Due to the postponements of all UEFA competitions reasoning the coronavirus outbreak, it's been determined by the European football authorities that the EUROS will be played in 2021, as opposed to June 12th, as it was previously planned.

Also, taking into account that this Euro edition was going to have 12 different host cities, some (Germany and Italy primarily) which have endured awful difficulties dealing with Covid-19's outbreak. Because of this, it's in the best interest of all parties involved to let the national teams battle wait for another 365 days.

Additionally, the Euros consist of 24 teams, so that means they should be about 40 people per participating country (including 23 players, plus coaching staff and delegations), so being careful is wise from their part. Also when it comes to looking after the millions of fans gathering in arenas, restaurants, fan zones, and more.

This does come as something of a 'bummer,' given the fact that this edition marked the 60th anniversary of Europe's flagship national team competition, hence the multi-host format to celebrate the continent as a whole.

This measure, explained by UEFA itself, is to give a chance to finish the league competitions after they resume, so it doesn't harm Champions and Europa League qualifying spots, or relegation battles as well.

CONMEBOL postponed the 2020 Copa America. This means that clubs and leagues in Europe will have little to no distraction to finish their competitions. This includes Champions and Europa League.

We'll see how the Covid-19 outbreak continues. Still, for now, club competitions are the ones prioritized over Euro 2020, even though there is no set timetable for European soccer action to return fully.