Comments on: UEFA running big risk with Euro expansion http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/ World Soccer views and news Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:27:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Scotland Fan http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/comment-page-1/#comment-341101 Tue, 30 Sep 2008 21:40:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/#comment-341101 Although I support a team that will probably benefit from this move, I agree that it dilutes what is, at the moment, a very enjoyable tournament. It all comes down to money, though, and bigger is better in that regard.

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By: Croco Dog http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/comment-page-1/#comment-341088 Tue, 30 Sep 2008 02:35:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/#comment-341088 UEFA wants to make more money. But the players will have a longer football season. Not enough of rest before a new club season starts. Look at the Spainish heroes, they are jadded at the beginning of this new season.

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By: Bloginoffskiov http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/comment-page-1/#comment-341065 Mon, 29 Sep 2008 08:09:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/#comment-341065 Why don’t UEFA just go the full-hog and have an European Championship with every single European team in it!
That way, no team will ever ‘miss out’ on the competition.

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By: Bored with Football http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/comment-page-1/#comment-341060 Sun, 28 Sep 2008 12:30:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/#comment-341060 Euro 2008 was great for “connoisseurs”, but England were not there. And that will have whacked down the TV revenues, significantly. Switching to 24 countries reduces the risk of the rich nations – the profitable nations – not making the cut. And why would it be “good” if England, France, Spain, Germany, Italy or Holland had a nightmare in qualifying and were replaced by, er, Croatia? The purists want Bulgaria? Meh.

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By: Feverpitch http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/comment-page-1/#comment-341038 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 16:40:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/#comment-341038 Agreed – it seems to be a ploy from Uefa to increase the revenue from such a tournament. It causes problems with both the group stages – with potential for cheating and match-fixing – and finding eight extra nations of satisfactory quality. Euro 2008 was the best tounrament in recent memory – why change format?

http://www.footballingworld.com/2008/09/ 26/euros-expansion-threatens-to-lower-qu ality-threshold-0105/

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By: Red Devil http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/comment-page-1/#comment-341034 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 15:42:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/#comment-341034 The obvious downside is that in the probale format of six groups with four teams each, four third-placed teams will advance to the last 16. That system produced an absolutely dreadful World Cup finals in Italy 1990 and it quite simply devalues a top-place finish in the group stage.
The upside is that teams that keep missing out narrowly on the finals now have a great chance of getting there and proving they deserve UEFA’s generousity.

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By: Mike http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/comment-page-1/#comment-341030 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 14:18:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/#comment-341030 I agree the Euro is competitively, probably, a better tournament than the World Cup. This is a step to water it down tremendously. It’s financially driven, and incredibly short-sighted.

http://startingeleven.blogspot.com/2008/ 09/jack-chloe-and-24-teams-in-euro.html

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By: Lauder http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/comment-page-1/#comment-341026 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 14:03:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/#comment-341026 If it ain’t broke, break it.

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By: Hans Moman http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/comment-page-1/#comment-341025 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:53:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2008/09/26/uefa-running-big-risk-with-euro-expansion/#comment-341025 If they have to increase it, increase it by an amount that will keep qualifying from the group stages simple and logical (i.e. top 2 go to the knockout stages).

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