UEFA president Ceferin removes European Championship format: ‘Don’t think we’d do this again’

With the final played on Sunday evening at Wembley Stadium in London between England and Italy, the European Football Championship 2020 came to an end after the European Championship traveling circus of more than four weeks in 11 host cities.

The idea for a European Championship that originally included twelve host cities came from then-UEFA President Michel Platini, on the occasion of the tournament’s 60th anniversary. However, current President Aleksander Ceferin is not a supporter and does not see that coordination will return any time soon. I certainly would not support that. “It brings a lot of challenges and it’s not fair that some teams travel 1 kilometer while others travel 10 kilometres,” the Slovenian told BBC public broadcaster Friday. Roberto Martinez had previously criticized the many moves the Red Devils had to make, which, according to the national coach, meant that they lacked freshness in the quarter-final against the Italians, who finished their home matches in Rome.

“In addition, it is not pleasant for the fans, who have to be in Rome for one match and make a trip of more than four hours to Baku the next. It is an interesting idea, but it is very difficult to put into practice and I do not think it will be used. In the future The next European Championship will be held in Germany in 2024.

The fact that the semi-finals and final will be played at Wembley Stadium in London ensures that England will play sixth out of seven European Championship matches in front of their home fans on Sunday. And then literally, because due to travel restrictions, only a thousand Italian fans are allowed to make the journey to the British capital from their home country. In addition, there are still 6,500 tickets available for Italians already living in the UK or Ireland. They will have to compete loudly against about 53,000 English fans.

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The idea for a European Championship that originally included twelve host cities came from then-UEFA President Michel Platini, on the occasion of the tournament’s 60th anniversary. However, current President Aleksander Ceferin is not a supporter and does not see that coordination will return any time soon. I certainly would not support that. “It brings a lot of challenges and it’s not fair that some teams travel 1 kilometer while others travel 10 kilometres,” the Slovenian told BBC public broadcaster Friday. Roberto Martinez had previously criticized the many moves the Red Devils had to make, which, according to the national coach, meant that they lacked freshness in the quarter-final against the Italians, who finished their home matches in Rome. “In addition, it is not pleasant for the fans, who have to be in Rome for one match and make a trip of more than four hours to Baku the next. It is an interesting idea, but it is very difficult to put into practice and I do not think it will be used. In the future The next European Championship will be held in Germany in 2024. The fact that the semi-finals and the final will take place at Wembley Stadium in London ensures that England will play sixth out of seven matches in the European Championship in front of their fans on Sunday. And then literally, because due to travel restrictions, it is allowed For just 1,000 Italian fans to make the trip to the British capital from their home country. Plus, there are still 6,500 tickets available for Italians already living in the UK or Ireland. They will have to compete loudly against around 53,000 English fans.

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