The Awesome Berbaslug!!! wrote: Is this platini warming everyone up for having euro 2020 in ireland scotland and wales?
Or alternatively is he starting to realise that it could be tricky to host a european championship with 144 teams in a traditional setting. Maybe they should have thought about the practical difficulties of expanding the European championships to include 40% of all those trying to qualify.
I know Platini wants to spread the football message to hitherto unreached parts but there are limits.......
David Agnew wrote: Because if you're going for a city in that area of Germany, you choose Frankfurt instead. Whereas the German World Cup needed 10 cities, so needed to choose them both.
They could have chosen a better location though. They didn't bother to use the Weser Stadium in Bremen. Bremen is a decent sized city with plenty of hotels and a nice city centre. Would have been a great host city.
I can only assume they'll go to four games a day through the duration of the group stage. Giving the teams three rest days each it would take 20 days to complete the group stage compared to 15 currently. Whether he's planning to shave off a couple of rest days elsewhere, which would be mad, or he's just miscalculated we don't know.
From a footballing point of view it makes little sense as well, as most if not all the additional teams sounds like they'll come from the weaker continents, filling the group stage up with even more boring games than it has at the moment. Keeping it at 32 but giving some of Europe's places to Africa and Asia will also be a negative until more of their sides start improving.