Which teams participate in the Champions League, are relegated or promoted? 1982 winners Aston Villa return

We are in the home phase of the season in the major football leagues in Europe and all competitions except the Premier League now have champions after Real Madrid secured their 36th La Liga crown. Girona did a good job for Los Blancos as they secured their historic ticket to the UEFA Champions League and Premier League kings Aston Villa from 1982 are joining them on this adventure.

The play-offs are now underway in Italy and then also in England Ipswich Town deserved promotion returned to the Premier League behind champions Leicester City and sealed a return to the top flight for the first time since their relegation in 2002. It arrived the same day that Tom Brady's City of Birmingham dropped to League One despite beating play-off-bound Norwich City on a thrilling final day.

Serie A and Bundesliga celebrate additional UEFA Champions League places via the coefficient system, while other UCL, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League places continue to be distributed. It is expected that some teams occupying the UEL and UECL spots will upgrade to the UCL towards the end of this campaign.

With less than a month until the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium ends the domestic club's term, we look at who secured what in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

Champions League

  • EPL: Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa.
  • La Liga: Real Madrid (champions), Barcelona, ​​​​Girona and Atletico Madrid.
  • Series a: Inter (champions), Milan, Bologna and Juventus (Coppa Italia winners).
  • Bundesliga: Leverkusen (champion), Bayern, Stuttgart, Leipzig and Dortmund (via competition and extra coefficient spot).
  • League 1: PSG (champions) and Monaco, as well as Lille and Brest (at least UCL qualifiers).

First and foremost, positions in the UCL are already closing, with Italian champions Inter taking the first of the five Champions League places in Serie A after an extra one was earned via the UEFA coefficient. Bayer Leverkusen have already been crowned German champions and Xabi Alonso's men could also triumph in the semi-finals of the Europa League, which also features Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the UCL. BVB's first-leg semi-final victory 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 guaranteed a place in the Champions League before they even knew how this year's semi-finals and final would play out, but they have since secured the La Liga title with four more games to go.

Europa League

  • La Liga: Athletics club.
  • Series a: Atalanta (at least UEL).
  • League 1: OGC Nice.

The most-placed competition in recent weeks has been the Europa League, although many are moving to the Champions League at this stage of the season. The EPL has seen Aston Villa make the jump alongside La Liga's Atletico Madrid, so it's just Copa del Rey winners Athletic Club from Spain. In Italy, Juventus have secured a UCL upgrade, while Atalanta are currently Serie A's other UEL slot, but their form is such that it could be UCL given their pace. The incredible Ligue 1 Brest success story has now at least ascended into the Champions League play-off places.

Europe Conference League

  • EPL: Tottenham Hotspur (at least UECL).
  • Series a: Roma and Lazio (at least UECL).
  • Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt.

For now, one or more teams from most major leagues have secured at least participation in the Europa Conference League, with Tottenham Hotspur losing out on a Champions League spot in the Premier League to Aston Villa.

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Demoted

  • EPL: Burnley and Sheffield United.
  • La Liga: Granada and Almeria.
  • Series a: Salernitana.
  • Bundesliga: Darmstadt 98 (relegated) and FC Köln (at best a play-off place).
  • League 1: Clermont Foot and FC Lorient (at best a play-off place).

We now have our first relegations from Europe's top flight, with Sheffield United, Almeria, Salernitana and Darmstadt having dropped to their respective second tiers. Although more players will join them in the coming days and weeks, it may take until the final round of play before all these places are confirmed.

Promoted

  • EPL: Leicester (automatically as championship winners) and Ipswich (also automatically), while Leeds United, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich will contest the play-offs.
  • La Liga: Valladolid (at least promotion play-offs).
  • Series a: Parma (automatically as champions) and Como, while Venezia, Cremonese, Catanzaro, Palermo, Sampdoria and Brescia will contest the play-offs.
  • Bundesliga: FC St. Pauli and Holstein Kiel (automatic), while Fortuna Düsseldorf will contest the play-offs.
  • League 1: AJ Auxerre (as champions), while Angers SCO and AS Saint-Etienne are assured of at least a play-off place.

Teams from the big five leagues are starting to be relegated and Leicester City are now 100% assured of promotion to the Premier League as champions, as are Ipswich, who end a 22-year wait to return to the EPL in second place . In Italy, Serie B side Parma are not yet champions, but no one else in the second division has been confirmed to rise. A handful of clubs are guaranteed a place in the play-offs, including Como, Venezia, Cremonese and Catanzaro, as well as Ligue 2's AJ Auxerre, Saint-Etienne and Angers, so expect to see more names in the coming days and weeks will join these clubs.

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