With the World Cup Finals in Brazil set to kick off in just over 100 days, the last sixteen of the Champions League already underway and the domestic leagues in Europe entering the final stretch there is lots to occupy soccer fans no matter how fanatical.
But for some European countries that will not be traveling to Brazil this summer, the big story this weekend was the qualifying draw for the 2016 European Championships to be hosted by France. To read more please click on the link.
Last summer’s European Championship hosted by Ukraine and Poland is estimated to have generated over $1.5B in sponsorship and broadcasting revenue for the UEFA, the governing body for soccer in Europe.
The tournament’s success is a relatively recent phenomenon. The first edition did not take place until 1960. Only when the field was reduced to four was the venue for the semi-finals and final decided. The tournament grew incrementally and it took until England hosted in 1996 for the Euro field to reach 16 countries.
Many regard the European Championship as superior to the World Cup Finals claiming that the limit of sixteen finalists makes it more competitive – especially at the group stage – than the 32-team global championship.
So, when the decision was made a few years ago to expand the number of finalists to…to read more please click on link.
I don’t know if I will be able to keep it up but my goal is to post a daily update on Forbes.com. You can find the articles by following the links.
Coverage and games so far in latest-first order:
A finally TV ratings in North America and in Europe.
ESPN up but TSN the big winner. Proves my point again that Canada supports the game in much larger per capita numbers than the US.
Who met expectations and who did not.
Spain 4-0 Italy
Seven thoughts before the final match of Euro 2012
Van Marwijk gone, Blanc possible – 24 hours later Blanc gone as well
Italy 2-1 Germany
Spain 0-0 Portugal
Spain wins penalty kick decider 4-2
Part 2 – Republic of Ireland, Croatia, England, Sweden, France and Ukraine
Six trams that packed their bags and are gone – but who met expectations and who crashed? Plus were “surprise” players close to the mark? Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Russia, Denmark and the Netherlands.
England 0-0 Italy
Italy wins penalty kick decider 4-2
Spain 2-0 France
Greece 2-4 Germany
Czech Republic 0-1 Portugal
North American Broadcasters see triple digit growth
England 1-0 Ukraine; France 0-2 Sweden
Italy 2-0 Republic of Ireland; Croatia 0-1 Spain
Germany 2-1 Denmark; Portugal 2-1 Netherlands
England 3-2 Sweden
Netherlands 1-2 Germany
Poland 1-1 Russia (seem to be picking the draws)
France 1-1 England
Spain 1-1 Italy
Netherlands 0-1 Denmark
Poland 1-1 Greece