It seems that football can still produce a shock result, even if it’s only at the administrative level, with the news that Poland and Ukraine have suprisingly beaten Italy in the race to host Euro 2012.

Though it’s a bit worrying that Platini still seems to be going ahead with the plan to boost participation to 24 teams in 2016 and beyond – first, because it will limit the opportunities for the smaller nations to host the tournament and second, because one of the best parts of the European Championships has always been the strength of the competition. It’s rare to see a match there that looks like a complete mismatch on paper, so unlike the World Cup, there’s a sense of every game being a challenge, rather than sleepwalking through the group until the real competition starts.