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    The Euro 2020 competition has been rescheduled to this year.

    Unlike traditional World Cups and Euros this one wasn't to be hosted in any particular country but instead hosted all across Europe, with teams flying all around Europe for their games.

    Seven fixtures are scheduled to be in the UK ending with the Semi Finals and the Final.

    Obviously this pan European high travel, lots of flights scheme was designed pre pandemic. Given the state of the pandemic surely it would make more sense for this competition to be hosted in the UK exclusively like a traditional competition and have a pan European one in a future year when the world isn't undergoing a global pandemic?

    The UK was already going to host the final and semi finals anyway. By the Summer the UK vaccinations should have largely eliminated the virus from this country, it should be possible to have crowds in the stadiums and surely most importantly it would give a single country that all teams could enter early, have quarantine (if quarantines are still required by then) and not need to mess around with quarantines or flights during a pandemic during the competition itself?

    The idea of a pan European Cup was a fun one I was looking forward to and it should be revived in a future year. But during a pandemic surely there are better ideas?
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    I see it's now been proposed

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    I don't care very much either way, but the old many countries plan doesn't seem so great under the circumstances. I could see the UK take over, you have plenty of suitable stadiums if needed and are doing better in terms of vaccinations. If the infection rates are low enough then, it makes sense to me.
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    Yes there's definitely plenty of stadiums available. As there would be if France or most other countries offered too.

    Football without fans in the stadiums isn't the same thing. It won't affect the England team much (all England's group games and if we make it that far the Semi Final and Final were due to be held at Wembley anyway) but other countries squads jetting around the continent mid pandemic is a strange idea.

    If the UK taking over keeps teams safe, avoids the threat of quarantines (LFCs Champions League game against RB Leipzig couldn't take place in Germany a few days ago due to quarantine restrictions) and allows fans in the stadiums then it seems a no brainer for a pandemic.
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    This is ridiculous, the best and most obvious candidate is Israel.
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    By the summer? Why?

    Israel isn't one of the 12 host countries in the first place and Israel failed to qualify too. So it would be very strange getting them to host it having already been eliminated from the competition.

    If you relocate it to Israel and give their team hosting entry rights despite having already been eliminated from the competition then who would you bump out who has won qualification? Or how would you manage it?

    Do they have enough stadia fit to host it? I genuinely don't know that. Israel have offered the use of 3 stadia but that would be to replace any that can't be used it wouldn't be enough to host a whole competition realistically. Whereas the UK has more than enough.
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    From an Italian sports journalist looks like it's probably going to happen. Sensible, despite the predictable Anglophobia from Aimless.

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    England is a good backup anyway, since the premier league is the top league in the world (overall, so not just looking at the top 2/3). If i recall correctly for recent cups whenever there was a doubt about the host country banding, England was suggested each time. And that's aside from the covid situation, where the UK is clearly ahead in terms of vaccinations.

    Plus most host countries lose money right? Surely even anglophobes can support this Depending on travel restrictions and quarantine rules (which I assume will still be a thing in summer), UK would gain a bit of an unfair advantage with the crowds I suppose.
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