How come EURO never has a third place playoff?

Discussion in 'UEFA and Europe' started by Ofori, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. Ofori

    Ofori Member

    Inter Milan
    Ghana
    May 9, 2020
    With the EURO tournament, what has always amazed me is that there is no 3rd/4th place game and honestly wouldn't it make sense to have a 3rd place game to determine who finishes either 3rd or 4th in a EURO
     
  2. Timanfaya

    Timanfaya Member

    May 31, 2005
    Southampton
    It doesn't matter who finishes 3rd any more than it matters who finishes 7th, 11th, or last.
     
  3. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    The 3rd place play-off is viewed as a glorified friendly. An extra, pointless game simply to squeeze a bit more money out of fans. Besides plenty of other cup competitions don't have it (this 3rd place nonsense would be even more lucrative in the CL).
     
  4. Fullerov

    Fullerov Member

    Bristol Rovers
    Nov 30, 2004
    Club:
    Bristol Rovers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    3rd place playoffs belong solely in the olympics IMO.
     
  5. Ofori

    Ofori Member

    Inter Milan
    Ghana
    May 9, 2020
    Well they have 3rd place games all the time in the FIFA World Cup and I'm sure they have it in the African Cup of Nations, Asian Cup and Copa America but they should for competitions like Gold Cup and EURO
     
  6. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    UEFA tends to have a lower tolerance for nonsense.

    I believe the Euros used to have a third-place playoff, but they got rid of it after Euro 1980.
     
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  7. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    The Third Place playoff at Euro 80 was decided on penalties but did not have extra-time so even then UEFA didn't seem to take the match too seriously.
    But I've often wondered... France was due to host Euro 84, and at the '82 World Cup France lost the semi-final and played the Third Place playoff with mostly the reserve players who didn't receive much action during the tournament. Did this help influence in any way UEFA's decision to abandon the Consolation match? (France treated the match the same way at the '86 World Cup)
     
  8. M

    M Member+

    Feb 18, 2000
    Via Ventisette
    I never watch 3rd place games, even in the WC. Both teams by definition have already been eliminated from the competition and are just waiting to go home.
     
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  9. Every Four Years

    May 16, 2015
    Johns Creek, Georgia
    Nat'l Team:
    India
    Don't mind keeping third place games in tournaments which already have like the WC, but they're not particularly meaningful - If you're a favorite that had hopes of making the final third place is a Mickey Mouse trophy, and if you're an underdog team, you've already made a semifinal and your tourney won't really be tarnished if you finish fourth instead of third. It can be a good way to end a tourney on a positive note for a team that has done well to make the semis and isn't horribly disappointed about not making the final, but that's about it.
     
  10. Joe Martelo

    Joe Martelo BigSoccer Yellow Card

    CDC Montalegre
    Portugal
    Sep 30, 2019
    I would like to see the Euros have a third place game, but there being a rule that only u25 players can play. Would be good to let the kids play under less pressure to showcase their talents.
     
  11. Fullerov

    Fullerov Member

    Bristol Rovers
    Nov 30, 2004
    Club:
    Bristol Rovers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    What if one of the losing semi-finalists has a squad mostly comprised of older players?
     
  12. Joe Martelo

    Joe Martelo BigSoccer Yellow Card

    CDC Montalegre
    Portugal
    Sep 30, 2019
    wouldn’t happen, these days you need youth to succeed in this sport.
     
  13. Fullerov

    Fullerov Member

    Bristol Rovers
    Nov 30, 2004
    Club:
    Bristol Rovers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
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