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Football is a simple game so why do UEFA make the Euro 2008 groups so complicated?
The criteria for determining the rankings of teams who finish level on points are mindboggling.
Head to heads, mini-leagues of three teams, UEFA coefficents, fair play, drawing lots and even penalties after 90 minutes are all there. Plain old simple goal difference among every team in the group is only halfway down the list in terms of priority.
Goal difference among all teams is used in most domestic leagues in the world and fans all understand it.