France secure four Champions League entrants for 2025/26 season

UEFA’s coefficient ranking for the 2024/25 season took a more solid shape for France with the elimination of PSV Eindhoven at the hands of Borussia Dortmund. 

France and the Netherlands have been in competition for fifth place in the coefficient as it provides one of the two nations a fourth Champions League entrant. However, PSV’s exit from the Champions League means that they will be assured of having four teams in the competition until after the 2025/26 season. 

Starting this season the podium positions will qualify automatically for the revamped competition while fourth place will have to enter the Champions League qualifying rounds. A recent challenge for French teams with the last to qualify being Stade Rennais in the 2020/21 season. 

Despite the good news for French teams, they will have to hope that the remaining competitors, Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique de Marseille, and Lille OSC all go far in their respective competitions.

This is because, in the summer, France’s coefficient will take a blow as they’ll lose the points gained from the 2019/2020 season when PSG reached the Champions League final and Olympique Lyonnais the semis. 

Other nations will from this point have a better chance of overtaking France as results since then in the European competitions have not exactly excelled. And for a nation wracked with rivalries, there will be a reluctant need for one of the three to go the distance. 

GFFN | Nick Hartland

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