‘24 teams won’t dilute quality’

“At the moment we have the best teams here,but there are great teams who are not,” he said,listing Switzerland,Romania,Bulgaria,Lithuania,Slovenia and Norway as examples.

Written by Reuters | Warsaw | Published:June 23, 2012 12:25 am

Expanding the European Championship to 24 teams won’t spoil the tournament or dilute its quality but it will allow more major soccer nations to take part,Euro 2012 director Martin Kallen said on Friday. After a group stage that went down to the wire in Poland and Ukraine,with even favourites Spain and Germany only squeezing through at the last minute,the worry is the expanded version in France in four years’ time will not be as closely contested.

“At the moment we have the best teams here,but there are great teams who are not,” he said,listing Switzerland,Romania,Bulgaria,Lithuania,Slovenia and Norway as examples.

“The Scots are also not here — they bring a lot of emotions,a lot of atmosphere with them. We need to see how 2016 will be. For sure this tournament will be more and more looked at because more nations can participate,” added Kallen.

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