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Old Dec 6th 2012, 06:25 PM
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The European Football Championship is a competition to see which European national football team is the best. The men's competition is one of the most popular sports events in the world, and this year it was held in Poland/Ukraine, with Spain as the winner.

It has been held every 4 years, starting in 1960.

Usually the event is hosted by one country, but on two occasions, it has been held jointly by two countries.

The next one, in 2016, will be held in France.

Today, it was announced that in 2020, it will be held all around Europe.

This is a great idea, on one condition - that match venues are left undecided until we know which countries are playing in a given match - of course there will be a list of stadia that are the offical stadia of the competition, but the exact location of a match doesn't have to happen before we know which teams are playing in the match. A neutral venue is preferable, and also as close as possible to the two countries competing - then it will be much cheaper for fans to travel and watch their countries and we could have the most atmospheric Euro in history.

Up and down Europe, the vast majority of people can only begin to dream about being able to afford a football-trip to a particular country to follow their team. Provided, UEFA do as I suggest and locate a given match AFTER we know the two teams' identities, this will be a real people's Euro, where ordinary working-class people will be able to attend their own team's matches.
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Old Dec 6th 2012, 07:22 PM
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Working class people at professional sports events? Really?

Do they sell tickets under $200 for Eurocup games?
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Working class people at professional sports events? Really?

Do they sell tickets under $200 for Eurocup games?
I don't know - but fans might (provided locations are decided after we know the two teams) be able to watch matches without paying for accommodation or long journeys.
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Old Dec 6th 2012, 07:51 PM
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I don't know - but fans might (provided locations are decided after we know the two teams) be able to watch matches without paying for accommodation or long journeys.
Your scheduling arrangements aren't going to happen.

They can announce the locations of the first round of games, but after that, all bets are off - the venues will have to be announced and tickets sold long before you even know who is going to be playing the game.
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Old Dec 7th 2012, 06:05 AM
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Michael, I think it might be different with this European Championship.
Firstly, it will be in everyone's interest to have matches played close to the countries that are in those matches, so there will be a strong incentive.
Secondly, journalists and fans simply won't be able to plan hotels long in advance, if they want to follow a specific team. UEFA will see this, and will try to avoid it being necessary to even stay in hotels by making day trips an option. THis can be done by locating matches at short notice. And in England very big matches like semi-finals of the FA Cup have been known to need short-term location, so it can happen.

Michel Platini is a well-resected president of UEFA and knows the needs of the fans, if we are to judge by his previous actions.
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Michael, I think it might be different with this European Championship.
Firstly, it will be in everyone's interest to have matches played close to the countries that are in those matches, so there will be a strong incentive.
Secondly, journalists and fans simply won't be able to plan hotels long in advance, if they want to follow a specific team. UEFA will see this, and will try to avoid it being necessary to even stay in hotels by making day trips an option. THis can be done by locating matches at short notice. And in England very big matches like semi-finals of the FA Cup have been known to need short-term location, so it can happen.

Michel Platini is a well-resected president of UEFA and knows the needs of the fans, if we are to judge by his previous actions.
Professional sport is run according to the whims of the corporate sponsors. No one cares about the fans because they are diehards and will take any crumbs thrown at them.
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Professional sport is run according to the whims of the corporate sponsors. No one cares about the fans because they are diehards and will take any crumbs thrown at them.
Money is the primary incentive in professional (and college) sports, nothing else. Even poorly performing and badly managed teams deliver big returns to their owners. Sponsorship and broadcasting rights are the big revenue generators for most teams. While a few still generate more revenue from ticket sales, they're few and far between. Where and when teams play have nothing to do with fans as the important fan base, the viewing audience, no longer attends games.
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