With the draw for the Champions League third qualifying round today, it is now feasible to see a route to the group stage for most teams.
The draw is as follows, and the winners of each tie make into the final round where they will be one how-away leg from the Champions League group stage (clubs in bold already in FIFA):
CFR Cluj (ROU) or Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR) v Celtic (SCO) or Nomme Kalju (EST)
Sutjeska (MNE) or APOEL (CYP) v Dundalk (IRE) or Qarabag (AZE)
PAOK (GRE) v Ajax (NED)
Saburtalo (GEO) or Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v Ferencvaros (HUN) or Valleta (MLT)
Red Star Belgrade (SRB) or HJK Helsinki (FIN) v The New Saints (WAL) or Copenhagen (DEN)
Maribor (SLV) or AIK (SWE) v BATE Borisov (BLR) or Rosenborg (NOR)
Istanbul Başakşehir (TUR) v Viktoria Plzen (CZE) or Olympiacos (GRE)
Krasnodar (RUS) v Porto (POR)
Club Brugge (BEL) v Dynamo Kiev (UKR)
PSV Eindhoven (NED) v Basel (SUI) or LASK Linz (AUT)
From this draw therefore I would suggest the likely champions winners will be Celtic, APOEL, Ajax, Dinamo Zagreb, Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov who would join Young Boys and Slavia Prague in the play-off round. This set of results would mean Ajax, Celtic, Red Star Belgrade and Dinamo Zagreb would be the seeded teams and the other four would be unseeded. Therefore I think FIFA-wise its imperative for the Champions League that EA acquire the license for Red Star Belgrade, BATE Borisov and APOEL as there is a real possibility that two of these teams may end up playing each other in the final play off round.
CFR Cluj, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Qarabag, Ferencvaros, Maribor and Krasnodar all realistically have the potential to qualify also and therefore hopefully will be in the game. Zenit St. Petersburg have already qualified and therefore you would hope EA have already acquired this license, especially after the disappointment of last year.
Yes its a shame about Juventus, but at least there will be a fake team for them. None of these teams have this possibility at the moment, so hopefully for them, their fans and anyone who likes to see a complete competition these teams will be added to the game.