Platini: 'Less drama' in Euro 2016 group stage

Platini: 'Less drama' in Euro 2016 group stage

Published Jun. 18, 2012 3:58 p.m. ET

UEFA President Michel Platini has acknowledged that the next European Championship group stage will be ''less dramatic'' with 24 teams.

Euro 2012 is praised for a 16-team format which opposes high-ranked teams from the start of the 31-match tournament.

A simple format sends the top two from each 4-team group into the quarterfinals.

Euro 2016 in France will have 24 teams, with top countries probably spread across six groups and playing more middle-ranked teams.


Four third-place teams would then advance, creating a natural knockout bracket.

Platini says it ''will be less dramatic in the groups, but then you have a round-of-16 knockout stage.''

UEFA approved an expansion plan proposed by Scotland and Ireland, who seldom qualify.