Saturday, May 25, 2024

Which teams are in Champions League, getting relegated, promoted? UCL-bound Girona seal Real Madrid’s title

We are into the home stretch of the season across the major soccer leagues in Europe and all of the leagues except for the Premier League now have champions after Real Madrid secured their 36th La Liga crown. Girona did Los Blancos a solid while punching their historic UEFA Champions League ticket on a busy Saturday for developments. Elsewhere, Ipswich Town earned promotion back to the Premier League behind champions Leicester City and sealed a return to the topflight for the first time since their 2002 relegation. It came on the same day that Tom Brady’s Birmingham City dropped into League One despite beating playoff-bound Norwich City on a thrilling final day.

Serie A and the Bundesliga are celebrating extra UEFA Champions League spots via the coefficient system while other UCL, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League berths are still being distributed. Some of the teams occupying the UEL and UECL spots are expected to upgrade to the UCL by the end of this campaign, so with just under one month until the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium closes the domestic club term, we look at who has secured what across the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

Champions League

  • EPL: Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.
  • La Liga: Real Madrid (champions), Girona and Barcelona.
  • Serie A: Inter (champions) and Milan.
  • Bundesliga: Leverkusen (champions), Bayern, Stuttgart, Leipzig and Dortmund (via league and extra coefficient spot).
  • Ligue 1: PSG (champions) and Monaco (at least UCL qualifiers).

First and foremost, there are UCL positions being sewn up already with Italian champions Inter taking the first of Serie A’s five Champions League places after an additional one was earned via the UEFA coefficient. Bayer Leverkusen have already been crowned German champions and Xabi Alonso’s men could yet triumph in their Europa League semifinals too which also sees Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the UCL. BVB’s semifinal first-leg win over French champions Paris Saint-Germain secured VfB Stuttgart, RB Leipzig and themselves a Champions League spot for next year regardless of what happens next in Paris. Bayern’s opponents Real Madrid were the only Spanish side to be guaranteed their Champions League place before they even knew how this year’s semifinals and final would work out but their have since secured the La Liga title with four games to spare. Girona’s win over Barca not only leapfrogged their Catalan rivals but secured a historic first-ever European outing for Girona in the UCL.

Europa League

  • EPL: Aston Villa (at least UEL).
  • La Liga: Athletic Club and Atletico Madrid (at least UEL).
  • Serie A: Juventus and Bologna (at least UEL).
  • Ligue 1: Stade Brestois 29 (at least UEL).

The competition with the most places in play so far is the Europa League with most teams currently occupying spots likely to upgrade to the Champions League by the end of the season. The EPL has Aston Villa currently in there while La Liga already has Atletico Madrid and Athletic Club who recently won the Copa del Rey. In Italy, Juventus are sure to have at least a UEL berth along but will fancy themselves to snag a UCL upgrade while Bologna are currently Serie A’s other UEL lock but their form is such that it could be UCL given their pace. Ligue 1’s incredible success story Brest will be at least in the Europa League if not better by the end of the season.

Europa Conference League

  • Serie A: Roma (at least UECL).
  • Ligue 1: Lille OSC (at least UECL).

For now, one team apiece from most of the major leagues has at least Europa Conference League participation secured although current semifinalists Villa have now upgraded to the Europa League while battling Tottenham Hotspur for a Champions League spot in the Premier League. Lille have a European spot wrapped up which could yet end up as a Champions League spot and possibly even as PSG’s runners-up.


  • EPL: Sheffield United.
  • La Liga: Almeria.
  • Serie A: Salernitana.
  • Bundesliga: Darmstadt 98.

We now have our first relegations from the European topflights with Sheffield United, Almeria, Salernitana and Darmstadt dropping down into their respective second tiers. Although more will join them in the coming days and weeks, it could take until the final round of games for all of these places to be confirmed.


  • EPL: Leicester (automatically as Championship winners) and Ipswich (also automatic) while Leeds United, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich will contest the playoffs.
  • Serie A: Parma (automatic as champions), Como, Venezia, Cremonese, Catanzaro, Palermo, Sampdoria and Brescia (all at least Serie B playoffs).
  • Bundesliga: Holstein Kiel and FC St. Pauli (at least promotion playoffs).
  • Ligue 1: Auxerre, Saint-Etienne and Angers (at least Ligue 1 promotion playoffs).

Teams across the five major leagues have started to be relegated and Leicester City are now 100% certain of promotion back to the Premier League as champions as well as Ipswich who end a 22-year wait to return to the EPL in second place. In Italy, Serie B’s Parma are not yet champions but nobody else in the second tiers is confirmed to go up just yet. A handful of clubs aare sure of at least a playoff spot including Como, Venezia, Cremonese and Catanzaro as well as AJ Auxerre, Saint-Etienne and Angers of Ligue 2, so expect more names to join these ones in the coming days and weeks.

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