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    Euro 2020

    The latest announcements have come in what is turning out to be a farce of a tournament.

    UEFA is set to insist that Euro 2020 venues must be served by an airport with at least two terminals.

    With 13 cities set to host the matches European governing body is anxious to ensure that air travel will not be an issue.

    One of the criteria laid down by planners is that each host city must have two airports or at a minimum two terminals so the two sets of fans can be kept apart.

    That is likely to be something of a headache for Cardiff - its airport has a single terminal, and the Welsh FA would have to argue that Bristol or even airports further afield could be used as an alternative for fans.

    Dublin is expected to bid to host group matches at Euro 2020, which for the first time is to be held across Europe.

    The English FA is to bid to host the semi-finals and final at Wembley, or group matches and quarter-finals if that is unsuccessful.

    Rival bids for the final are expected from Istanbul - the favourite if it is unsuccessful in its 2020 Olympic bid - plus Madrid, Berlin and Rome.

    Two cities with smaller-capacity stadiums will be among the 13 chosen as Euro 2020 hosts in an effort to broaden the reach of the tournament.

    Officials drawing up plans for the tournament have said that two host cities can have a stadium capacity as low as 30,000, that 10 stadiums will have a 50,000 minimum capacity and four of those hosting the quarter-finals to have grounds of at least 60,000.

    The stadium that hosts the two semi-finals and final will have to be able to seat more than 70,000 fans.

    UEFA's executive committee is expected to agree to the plans at its meeting on 28 March.

    The idea in having two 30,000-seater stadiums means smaller countries will be able to enter the bidding - only 21 of the 53 UEFA member nations have stadiums of 50,000 or more.

    Tournament planners believe that host countries will be able to play at least two of their group matches at home.

    UEFA will also to try to arrange groups on a geographical basis to avoid long journeys across Europe for fans.

    http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/europ...for-euro-2020/

    Is it just me or does that amount to seedings in a roundabout way. I mean how else can that work?
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    UEFA continue to be orifices, if they get the chance. Only FIFA come close to matching them?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/f...p-8861335.html

    And a fan's take.

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    UEFA have denied any truth to that Indy story.

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    Fair enough. But they would, wouldn't they?

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Euro_2020_bids
    Im not totally against this as countries who never hosted the tournament would get a chance to host a few games. Like Dublin! Glasgow, Istanbul, Sofia, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Bucharest, Skopje, Athen's. Could have a eastern european group stage, a northern european group stage, western european group stage, southern european group stage, Central European group stage.
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    I've never thought this was as terrible an idea as many made it out to be either, as long as the groups are kept relatively close together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by citybone View Post
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Euro_2020_bids
    Im not totally against this as countries who never hosted the tournament would get a chance to host a few games. Like Dublin! Glasgow, Istanbul, Sofia, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Bucharest, Skopje, Athen's. Could have a eastern european group stage, a northern european group stage, western european group stage, southern european group stage, Central European group stage.
    Agreed, but don't think I'd trust the morons to do that....
    And some of those cities are logistical nightmares (currently) to travel between.

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    They have seven years to address such problems. They'll be no shortage of air, rail and ferry services available during the two months, as long as there is demand. With around three days between games, fans will have the chance to travel.
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    You mean like they did in Ukraine, or will do in Brazil...

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    Quote Originally Posted by citybone View Post
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Euro_2020_bids
    Im not totally against this as countries who never hosted the tournament would get a chance to host a few games. Like Dublin! Glasgow, Istanbul, Sofia, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Bucharest, Skopje, Athen's. Could have a eastern european group stage, a northern european group stage, western european group stage, southern european group stage, Central European group stage.
    Cardiff too, Wales are even less likely than Ireland and Scotland to host a Euros so despite the initial reaction I think it would be a success. Expanding to 24 teams though, probably with the 1994 World Cup format, was a terrible idea.

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