Domination of European football – Football world is circling around Europe

In 1996, when England fell short of the European Championship title, English analysts expressed the opinion that their team should win the title as quickly as possible, because they were running out of time.

Analysts pointed to the awakening of other continents and the emergence of new powers in modern football. At the beginning of the decade, Cameroon reached the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup and in 1996, along with Southgate’s missed penalty, Nigeria won the Olympics. Thus, the 90s became the reigning period of African football, not to mention that George Weah won the Ballon d’Or during the same period, dispelling the myth that Africans were not supported in the individual title polls.

Steps towards improvement

In 1994, the USA laid the foundation for the development of soccer, starting with the hosting of the World Cup. Since then the Americans have been spending resources generously to become as successful in this sport as they are in the Olympic Games.

At the beginning of the 2000s, the same processes began in Asia. After the World Cup in Korea-Japan, the popularity of football increased so much that the broadcasting time of the European leagues was adjusted to their broadcast network. China appeared with very large financial investments and Arab sheikhs aggressively invaded European football. Australia had a good period, steadily supplying the Premier League with players.

England were still among the top teams, but the one-time world champions did not have a guaranteed  place among the best teams and the analysts’ predictions were partially realized 15 years later.

The USA and Mexico performed well at the 2010 World Cup, played in the playoffs and left a good impression. In South America, Chile, Uruguay and Colombia appeared, which along with Brazil and Argentina, became a force to be reckoned with. And from Africa we saw Ghana, which was very close to the semi-finals, but did not reach the historical mark after Luis Suarez’s handball.

Now these teams seem to have disappeared.

The USA went backwards again. They did not qualify for the World Cup in Russia at all, in spite of the fact, that this generation is considered to be the best. It seems that soccer is still a women’s sport in the USA, as the women’s team continues to be successful.

Japan played very well at the World Cup in Russia, but lost dramatically to Belgium. Other Asian teams did not achieve distinguished success. There is a noticeable regression for the African continent, because for the first time since 1982, none of the teams from the old continent have played in the playoffs. Australia is on the path of regression and the South American trio again fell behind the two dominant teams, which was illustrated by the Copa America that ended a little while ago.

Europe is now as dominant in world football as ever!

At the 2018 World Cup, we saw six European teams in the quarterfinals and all four participants of the semifinals were European teams. After the end of Euro 2020, their dominance was highlighted once again, because it turned out to be much more eye-catching compared to other championships.

The diversity of the teams should also be taken into account. For example, we saw England, Italy, Denmark and Spain in the semi-finals of Euro 2020, while at the Euro held five years ago we had completely different semi-finalists – France, Portugal, Wales and Germany, plus two teams from the 2018 World Cup – Belgium and Croatia. Ten different European teams in the decisive stage of the big tournament! In just five years, this result says it all.

The dominance continues despite the fact that we already have hosts of the World Cup from all continents, however, nine of the first 16 World Cups were hosted by Europeans. We cannot consider Russia as a part of Europe, therefore, it turns out that there has been a long pause since 2006 and only in 2030 the European continent will be able to host the World Cup.

Europe has the largest share of participants at the World Cup, but FIFA plans to expand. After 2022 World Cup in Qatar 16 more teams will be added to the tournament, but of those 16, Europe will only get extra three places. In 1990, the share of European teams was 58%, at the next World Cup – 41%, and after the World Cup in Qatar, the share of European teams will decrease to 33%.

Along with FIFA, UEFA is also discussing the expansion of the championship. The European Championship has been expanding since its inception. There was a time when only four teams competed in the final stage, then eight, sixteen, twenty-four and now the work is underway to see 32 teams at the Euros. All this will be facilitated by the fact, that Euro 2020 went very well. We saw many high-level games and the audience was satisfied. According to today’s data, we can assume an additional eight teams: Serbia, Slovenia, Ireland, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Kosovo and Greece. Of course, everyone is stronger on paper than Macedonia from the League of Nations, everyone wants to see Haaland and Odegaard in the final stage, but UEFA also gives a chance to the lower ranked teams, which maximizes their motivation, as it is only about one place.

Europe stood out for its organization and teamwork. No one knew until the end who would become the best player of the tournament and Donnarumma was named unexpectedly for many. At the same time, there was a battle of individuals in South America, where the Argentine won the showdown between Messi and Neymar.

It is not worth comparing the tournaments, because the difference in terms of quality, especially in terms of pace, was noticeable. In conclusion, we can say that two main factors have been identified to maintain the spectacle and quality – the fans in the stadium and the competition on the pitch. When these two factors are maintained, a spectacle is guaranteed.

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  • Domination of European football – Football world is circling around Europe
    In 1996, when England fell short of the European Championship title, English analysts expressed the opinion that their team should win the title as quickly as possible, because they were running out of time. Analysts pointed to the awakening of other continents and the emergence of new powers in modern football. At the beginning of