This comparison makes no sense. The Euros are the pinnacle of European football, you need to earn your place in it, as you do in the Champions League for club football. Completely different to creating a closed shop competition.
And also a lot of convenient draws, with the champions drawing 6 out of 7 games in regular time. It shouldn't be possible to win a competition if you can hardly win a game, this format makes a mockery of the group stage.
I am sure the fans of the Lincoln Red Imps would also be happy if they qualified to the Champions League group stage but that would hardly mean it would be a better competition for it.
Exactly the thinking behind the ESL. "How dare there be any new teams in the best club competition in Europe?" Whoever qualifies for the group stage has done so on merit, and have earned the right to make their own contribution to the competition.
You do what you need to do to win it. Until we won in Madrid, we hadn't won any competition without penalties since 2003. Did you complain about that?
Portugal scraped into the knockout round last time after a 3-3 rollercoaster. Trying to get through a group with 3 draws is extremely risky, and depends a lot on the results in other groups, something you have no control over. England have won the very impressive total of 0 knockout games in the tournament since 1980. (They won 1 on penalties 25 years ago, lost the rest) They still think they have won every tournament before the next one is played, as they do this one. Then the football starts.
You earn your place in the Euros, as you have to play 8-10 qualifiers over the past 2 years, and playoffs. For the biggest countries qualifying is easy, but for most countries it's always a struggle. It's the hardest international tournament of all to win, and as it has expanded, it's only got more difficult to win, and so England have never won it at all.
Exactly. It was better than the World Cup in my opinion. But Euro 2016 was probably the worst tournament I've watched quality wise. No offence, but when three of the four UK nations can get to a tournament then you know something's a bit off.
They're not UK nations to UEFA. They're individual nations in their own right. In that context, England v Scotland is the same as Belgium v Holland Spain v Portugal France v Germany Poland v Slovakia etc.
When you have to find 16 teams to qualify from 24 in this format, there's no alternative but to allow 3rd place teams to qualify with the 12 others. Instead of diluting the quality of the tournament, it means every group game has something at stake. The same number of teams will not make the knockout rounds in this format, as in the last format.
If you want to see a joke format, look at the Copa America, with free entry for every team and just 2 groups of 5 in the group stage. Only the bottom team from each group won't make the knockout rounds. You could probably name both of them before it even begins.