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Bobby McMahon

Bobby McMahon

You can see me on Soccer Central most Mondays and Thursdays on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. I write a regular column for Forbes.com and Soccerly.com and frequently guest on various podcasts and radio shows.


European Championship A Lightning Rod For Platini’s Critics – But Are They Right?

Written by on November 20, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Posted in European Championship

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.

One response to “European Championship A Lightning Rod For Platini’s Critics – But Are They Right?”

  1. Alberta Gooner says:

    Solid piece, Bobby, and your proposed qualification format makes so much sense that there’s no hope it will ever be enacted.

    One quick comment on the FIFA rankings — the formula heavily skews them to European countries because it assigns a much greater weight to games played between countries in that region than others. So the notion that eight of the top 10 countries currently in the world are European – including England — simply demonstrates the FIFA rankings are flawed, not the strength of European football versus nations in other parts of the world.

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