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      Euro 2020 hosted by Europe
      Dec 06, 2012 06:11:34 pm
      There was talk about this happening and it appears UEFA is going to go through with the championship being played all across Europe. Pretty much trying to squeeze as much money as they can as I would assume they will be playing at venues with high capacity.

      Euro 2020
      UEFA has confirmed that Euro 2020 will take place across a number of cities on the continent rather than in a single country or two host nations.

      The decision, to mark the 60th anniversary of the inaugural European Championship, was taken by UEFA's Executive Committee at a meeting in Lausanne on Thursday.

      UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino told a press conference after the meeting: "Some important decisions have been taken. UEFA Euro 2020 will be staged across the continent, in various major cities following a decision taken today.

      "A Euro for Europe follows an initial idea by UEFA president Michel Platini. The response has been extremely positive from all the national associations.''

      The format and number of cities that will be involved in the tournament will be decided by UEFA's National Team Competitions Committee. It is believed matches will be held in 12 or 13 different countries, with the final stages all taking place in one venue.

      The Football Association has already put forward Wembley to UEFA as a possible venue for the final and semi-finals, and it is reported that Platini favours the FA's proposal.

      The announcement will also give Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland hope of hosting some of the matches as they too have already expressed their interest to UEFA.

      Infantino confirmed that the bidding process for the host cities would start in March and would take a year with decisions made in the spring of 2014.

      It will be the first time that the tournament has not been held by a single host or joint-host countries since its inception in 1960, however, UEFA insists it is a one-off.

      http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1253448/uefa-confirms-euro-2020-to-be-held-across-europe?cc=5901

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      Re: Euro 2020 hosted by Europe
      Reply #1: Dec 07, 2012 06:33:01 pm
      Fans reject Michel Platini's 'zany' plan for continent-wide Euro 2020
      • Survey reveals pan-European idea does not appeal to fans
      • Uefa says fans will not be expected to travel vast distances

      James Riach
      The Guardian, Friday 7 December 2012 18.00 GMT

      Eighty-two per cent of fans have rejected Uefa's plan to host the 2020 European Championship in a variety of countries, according to Football Supporters Europe, despite Michel Platini's claim that the unprecedented continent-wide tournament would see "the Euros coming to the fans".

      Uefa confirmed the pan-European competition, across 13 different cities, after its executive committee backed the decision in Lausanne on Thursday, with Platini insisting that a low-cost event would benefit a continent struggling amid an economic crisis.

      Wembley has already been put forward as a potential venue for the final by the Football Association, while Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland could host group stage games.

      Platini insists his "zany" idea will not make life difficult for dedicated fans who intend to follow their team to every match, saying that Uefa has already met with supporters' groups to discuss logistical concerns.

      However, a survey conducted by the FSE, an organisation that represents more than three million supporters, has revealed that an overwhelming majority are steadfastly against the Uefa president's idea. A statement read: "The committee members of FSE, Europeans' leading supporters organisation, were disappointed when they heard about Uefa's decision to hold Euro 2020 in up to 13 different countries all across the continent under the motto 'Euro for Europe'."

      On the results of the survey, which had 1,200 responses, it continued: "This reluctance came from individual fans who follow their national team as well as from big national fan organisations, who support their teams at qualifiers and big tournaments and represent several hundreds of thousands of football supporters."

      Platini first announced his blueprint in June after Turkey were ruled out of the running to host the 24-team event because of their bid for the summer Olympics in the same year. The only other formal approaches for Euro 2020 came from Georgia and Azerbaijan.

      Any decision on venues will not be made until the spring of 2014 while the bidding process will begin next March, with Uefa planning to award the semi-finals to the same city that hosts the final.

      It is understood that the individual groups in 2020 will be staged close together and Platini insisted that supporters would not be forced to travel vast distances across Europe. "We have talked to the fans. They were against it originally but we told them we are going to help them and suddenly they had a much more positive attitude," he said on Friday.

      "Certainly it will be easier for the English to go to Wales and Scotland to watch a match instead of having to travel the world.

      "We have some decisions to make now – some political, some geographical – for example we cannot have an English fan going to Lisbon, Kazakhstan and Sweden. We will have an intelligent solution – not chasing the fans all over Europe.

      "It is perhaps a bit of a zany idea but it is a good idea. I just bring forward ideas and then national associations have their own meetings and workshops and 52 out of 53 said 'yes', I don't decide, the national associations have decided."

      Potential sponsors for Euro 2020 have reacted favourably as it could result in increased commercial exposure. The German sports manufacturer Adidas and the Danish brewery Carlsberg have been long-running partners of Uefa.

      A spokesman for Adidas said: "We see a lot of potential in Uefa's plans. Being in many different locations means being able to showcase our brand across the continent." A Carlsberg spokesman said: "We haven't yet thought about 2020 but it certainly looks an interesting idea."


      http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/dec/07/fans-reject-michel-platini-euro-2020?CMP=twt_gu

      Unsurprisingly, this idea hasn't gone down well with supporters.
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      Re: Euro 2020 hosted by Europe
      Reply #2: Dec 07, 2012 06:34:27 pm
      What a ridiculous idea, only someone like Platini could come up with it, first class idiot.
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      Re: Euro 2020 hosted by Europe
      Reply #3: Dec 07, 2012 06:38:53 pm
      Can't find a Euro sign, so I'll go with this ££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££

      And Uefa have never given a f**k about supporters. FACT!!
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      Re: Euro 2020 hosted by Europe
      Reply #4: Dec 07, 2012 07:30:16 pm
      I'm totally against this. I think having a duel-host like at the 2012 Euros worked out ok and you got to see the taste of two cultures during it. I think this just rips a country from the benefits (economic, status, tourism, etc) of hosting it by spreading the games around across the continent.
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      Re: Euro 2020 hosted by Europe
      Reply #5: Dec 08, 2012 09:59:28 pm
      Financially, it's great for UEFA. For fans, it's a nightmare. Going into the final group game in a tight group, e.g. WC 1990, you could have;

      Scenario 1: Win your game, you win the group, and stay in your host region.
      Scenario 2: Lose the last game, but win the h-2-h over the spot 3 team, and get second spot. That means travelling to the region of the winners in another group.
      Scenario 3: Win your last game, finish in 3rd spot, then wait for all the other groups to finish before finding out if you're one of the best 3rd spots. Assuming you are, you then face a long-haul trek to another region to play your second round game, followed by more long-haul treks the more you progress. Assuming you're not one of the best 3rd spots, you have to book your flights home, at increased rates with very short notice.

      Who the f**k can plan for all that? It'll be about as successful as the extra refs behind the goals idea.

      But at least we can relax if Carlsberg and McDonalds can promote themselves more. :f_steam:

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