If the Nordics get the euros…

IT’S GOOD NEWS that the Nordic football associations are considering making a joint-bid for either Euro 2024 or 2028. The region has been under-used by UEFA and FIFA, hosting one European Championship in 1992, one World Cup in 1958 (neutral Sweden after WW2) and three European Cup-Winners Cups (Goteborg, Copenhagen and Stockholm). The plan is for a four-country approach, with Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden involved. Given that UEFA have, disastrously, opted for a pan-European competition for 2020 (which will include Copenhagen) four seems a magic number. But expectations may have to be tempered around crowd potential of such a … Continue reading If the Nordics get the euros…

England in Norway: Hodgson won’t want to see the hills of the north rejoice

England head for Oslo this weekend in their first warm-up match for Euro 2012 and all eyes will be on Roy Hodgson’s first selection. The game is all about performance over result, but a win will put England in good heart for the rest of their preparations. Norway are not the force they were, but they only just missed out on qualifying for the finals, having been edged out by Portugal in a group that also included Nordic rivals Denmark. It will not be easy for Hodgson’s team of past-their-best stalwarts and prematurely-blooded youngsters. And it may provide some indication … Continue reading England in Norway: Hodgson won’t want to see the hills of the north rejoice