Thread: WC: in 2 countries
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05-21-2012, 02:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Xokkeu View Post
The worst part of the entire set up, if you ask me, was having teams play the quarterfinals matchups within their groups.

They should have done cross group matchups, but they couldn't simply because of the travel issue.

Yes that was bad and the travel issue is just something someone has dreamt up. Helsingfors- Stockholm is an easier travel than say Stockholm - Göteborg. The national border means nothing (stating the obvious is sometimes man's first duty).

I have nothing against cooperative hosting, but not as this. I could see it as a way to promote hockey in a neighbour country which is not very strong on hockey (or were hockey got weak funding, often the same these two).

I could see:
Finland - Estonia
Sweden - Denmark/Norway
Austria - Slovenia
Czech - Poland
Swiss - France

Of course the tournament will be crappier by this, but it would promote hockey and I see that as a bigger goal than the tournament as a means of itself.

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