Slovaks on every Euro? Only dwarfs may not advance to it – National team – Football – Sports

First there were four, then eight, then sixteen. Only the current model of the final tournament of the European Football Championship has reached 24 participants.

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Even for Slovak footballers, the journey to the Euro may soon be a little easier again.

So many national teams have played in the last two European Championships. The format of the tournament, of course, suits the weaker, but at the same time it has a number of opponents.

They blame the European Football Union (UEFA) for the fact that the Euro is losing its attractiveness, bringing more uninteresting matches.

Nevertheless, the heads of European football are considering that even more teams could advance to the final tournament soon – as early as 2028.

In particular, 32. For 55 members of UEFA, that is more than half.

“People with knowledge of the UEFA process told us that. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they do not have the right to comment on private discussions, “the AP agency wrote.

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What is certain now is that after the Euro 2016 hosted by the French and the recently concluded championship, which took place all over Europe, the 2024 tournament in Germany will also have 24 members.

It will be played again in six groups. The two best of them will advance, which will be completed by four teams from third places.

But what would a model with 32 participants look like? And how would the qualification actually take place?

If the current model with ten groups were maintained, all teams would have a certain approach to third place. And that is boredom for big football countries.

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The AP is therefore speculating about a kind of pre-qualification tournament among the weakest teams. Alternatively, the qualification would be replaced by the League of Nations, in which the teams are divided according to performance.

By the way, a big tournament with 32 teams was played for the first time in 1998, when France hosted the World Cup. It will be the same for next year in Qatar, but in 2026 the 48 best national teams of the world will travel to the USA, Canada and Mexico.

For Europe, this means sixteen places, currently there are thirteen.

Source: – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by

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