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The OC is working on this since last year under managing director Martin Kallen. They prepare the organisation of the EC 2008 in Switzerland and Austria. The drawing of the matches will be 27 January 2006 in Montreux/Switzerland. In Klagenfurt they are actually building a new stadium for the EC. What I´m wondering is: Mr. Kallen said once that in Portugal they only had about 10 people of 100 taht had any experience. This seems the same to be now. For future they should hire experienced people for OC. Have a look at WC 2006 in Germany, where a lot has gone wrong. There will be a lot of people for consulting, i.e. Platini,who did the job in France 1998.

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These stadiums will be used:

Basel (SUI): St. Jakob-Park

Bern (SUI): Stade de Suisse Wankdorf

Genf (SUI): Stade de Genève

Innsbruck (AUT): Stadion Tivoli NEU

Klagenfurt (AUT): Wörthersee Stadion

Salzburg (AUT): Stadion Salzburg Wals-Siezenheim

Wien (AUT): Ernst-Happel-Stadion

Zürich (SUI): Letzigrund Stadion

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There are actually two different big football events running at the same time. Together with Torino 2006 there will be the biggest sport events in Europe very close together. Two years are not much time, which will pass by soon. Let´s see what will happen.

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Letzigrund Zurich

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WC and EC are to very different events. I think Platini is the right man. Beckenbauer may have lost very much of his power because of his not so easy job for German OC. Nevertheless UEFA has to choose people with experience for the main jobs and not volunteers. Since Portugal there hasn´t changed very much. Only the managing director Martin Kallen seems to have experience (as in Portugal, too).

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Hang on a second. First you want Platini for UEFA President. Now you think he should organise Euro 2008 for the Swiss and Austrians. What do you think this guy is - the answer to all the world's known ills or something? He hasn't even got the sense to realise that referees should use common sense.

Shouldn't we leave 2008 to Austria and Switzerland? After all, they've only won the right to host it.

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Platini was only an example for a possible consulting person who could help the OC 2008. All big events are held by international organisations like IOC, FIFA or UEFA. It´s not only the job of the several countries and cities to host the events on their own. There exist contracts and guarantees between the big sport organisations and the host cities/countries. Platini´s first job should be UEFA president.
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These stadiums will be used:

Basel (SUI): St. Jakob-Park

Bern (SUI): Stade de Suisse Wankdorf

Genf (SUI): Stade de Genève

Innsbruck (AUT): Stadion Tivoli NEU

Klagenfurt (AUT): Wörthersee Stadion

Salzburg (AUT): Stadion Salzburg Wals-Siezenheim

Wien (AUT): Ernst-Happel-Stadion

Zürich (SUI): Letzigrund Stadion

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Which one will host the final match of the tournament?

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Under the direction of Martin Kallen not very few happened in OC for EuroCup 2008. Until 2008 there is less than 2 years left. They should hire several people with experience.

What do you expect _ press releases every day and the world's media camped constantly outside their offices waiting for every tid-bit of gossip or information? Especially in a World Cup year, not many people are interested, and even when that's over, interest won't spark up until a month or so before the event.

Relax, zenica, the tournament will get held. It won't be delayed.

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In a few days there is the drawing of the groups for qualification in Montreux. This is really a big event where the OC has to do a lot of work for preparation. I don´t want informations every five minutes but on a regular base. This is the usual way for events of those public interest.

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In a few days there is the drawing of the groups for qualification in Montreux. This is really a big event where the OC has to do a lot of work for preparation. I don´t want informations every five minutes but on a regular base. This is the usual way for events of those public interest.

Again, though, this draw is not a huge event of interest to anybody but the really committed fans. It's not the type of thing people are anticipating, counting down the days for or that would get much media coverage beyond a few paragraphs in a details page of a paper whether the OC made a big deal of it or not. I'm sure, if you are REALLY keen and interested, anyone would be able to find out about it _ but for the majority, it's a non event. The whole Euro 2008 is a non-event until 2008.

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But it´s an event for more  than 50 countries broadcasting it. This is not much compared to IOC with more than 150 members. But for Europe it´s an event which will be seen in whole Europe and more. This is not a village game. As in 2004 in Portugal the whole EC was a push for the national economy etc. After OG´s and Fottball WC the EC is the 3rd event in a very popular sport - football. So Martin Kallen is a second time managing director, after Portugal now in Switzerland/Austria.

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The drawing is 27 Jan 2006 and in fall they are starting with the qualification matches. Also all venues, media centres and infrastructure has to be completed. There is a lot to do in next 2 years. The decision for the next host country EC 2012 will be in December 2006. There is not so much time people think. There is always something to do or to prepare. See World Cup 2006 in Germany (venues)
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Zenica _ is anybody worried about it apart from you? Are the Austrian and Swiss newpapers and TV bulletins full of stories about how nothing is happening and nobody's saying anything? Are questions being asked in the Austrian and Swiss parliaments about lack of action and preparations? Is a scandal brewing and fans are starting to get really worried in those countries? Are the Football Associations of potential competing countries frantically trying to get in touch with the 2008 OC because they are concerned they won't know how the qualification games are going to work? If those groups aren't worried about it, why are you?
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In a few days there is the drawing of the groups for qualification in Montreux. This is really a big event where the OC has to do a lot of work for preparation. I don´t want informations every five minutes but on a regular base. This is the usual way for events of those public interest.

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Nobody cares yet. There is over two years to go. There's a slightly more important thing happening this summer called the World Cup.

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