Euro 2020 to be Hosted Over Several Countries
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12-08-2012, 08:26 AM
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It's quite stupid. Take Garret's suggestion above which seems reasonable enough. Imagine a group of say Germany, Russia, Belgium and Slovakia playing in Berlin and Stockholm. Meanwhile Sweden, Spain, Portugal and Scotland are in the Madrid/Brussels group. So Belgian fans have to travel to Berlin for the Germany match and Stockholm for the other games then say Warsaw for a 2nd round match. Meanwhile Swedish fans have to go to Madrid and Brussels, then maybe Lisbon.
It seems pointless for all those groups of fans travelling around Europe erratically while games might be played in their home countries. In the CL, Bayern don't randomly go to play Valencia in Paris. If you don't want anyone to host it, just make it home and away legs and only host the semifinals and final in neutral cities. But then we already had exactly that up to 1980.
In all reality, Platini didn't fancy any of the applicants for 2020 and realised this was an elegant way out of it. Hard to see why England or Germany didn't give it a go to be honest. I guess England figured it might ruin any chance of a World Cup any time soon but then that seems a huge pipe dream anyway given the anti-England sentiment Blatter has fostered in FIFA. Germany probably didn't want to compete vs Turkey who they try to develop as a "friend".
After the Olympics we have a lot less money and probably would struggle to get funding. Although I think we should've bidded for it. Saying that though. If it was between Iraq (Not that it would be but hypothetical for my point) and England. Platini would go Iraq.
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