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ursus arctos wrote: a "business as usual" attitude isn't viable in an Age of Austerity when business as usual includes massive taxpayer subsidies for new grounds and infrastructure
Flynnie wrote: On the other hand, if they had embraced realism, they could easily hold the tournament in any number of countries, just in slightly older grounds
Bryaniek wrote: Yeah, from listening to Platini it seems that he's planning on having matches in London, Paris, Madrid, Milan, etc.
With oil not getting cheaper, one has to wonder how affordable airfares will be in 2020.
Well that's fine for the hosting countries, which will all no doubt be fairly affluent Western European nations anyway. What about the fans from countries that may qualify but have no hope of hosting the tournament, such as Croatia, Slovakia Romania, Bulgaria etc? Maybe there will be a couple of outsiders such as Cyprus or Georgia. In a one or two nation country at least they only had to travel to one country and could base themselves there. Having to hop on a plane to see a game in three different countries is likely to be way beyond the means of most of those supporters. It puts the whole thing completely out of reach to most average fans.
linus wrote: But from this perspective, spreading the tournament across the big cities would enable a much bigger pool of spectators to access the tournament, resulting in fewer miles travelled per spectator.
linus wrote: I agree. This tournament should have gone to Turkey, which was passed over in favor of France for 2016.
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