UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has confirmed that he is against the idea of future European Championships being held across so many different host cities, as Euro 2020 edges towards its conclusion.
This summer’s tournament, which has been memorable for a variety of reasons, will come to an end on Sunday evening when England face Italy at Wembley in the final.
Wembley is one of 11 stadiums across Europe to have played host to this summer’s tournament, with the competition being staged in multiple different countries to mark the 60th anniversary of the European Championship.
However, although it was only ever considered to be a one-off event from the usual idea of the tournament being staged in just one country, Ceferin has revealed that he does support the idea of it not happening in this manner again, suggesting that the traditional format of the competition being staged in just one host nation will be the way forward.
“I would not support it anymore,” Ceferin admitted, speaking to BBC Sport. “I think it is too challenging and in a way not correct that some teams have to travel more than 10,000km and others 1,000km.”
As outlined by Ceferin, the fact that multiple countries have played host to matches has worked as an advantage to some nations and a disadvantage for others.
For instance, England, following the conclusion of Sunday’s final with Italy, will have played six of their seven matches at Wembley, whereas Wales, for example, played three of their four of their Euro 2020 matches at three different venues, travelling to Azerbaijan, Amsterdam and Rome.
In that sense, some nations have been at a much greater disadvantage to others, with the extended amount of travel time bound to have had an impact on performance levels.
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But with Ceferin suggesting that UEFA will be sticking to the traditional format moving forward, it will most probably be well received by all players and coaching staff involved, including those from Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
The next European Championship, which will be staged in 2024, will take place in Germany, whilst the host nation of the 2028 tournament is yet to be confirmed.