Short Soccer, November 14, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 1:21am

Multiple-country Euro 2020 on the cards

European soccer's governing body Uefa is going ahead with a proposal for a Euro 2020 tournament hosted by a dozen countries and not the usual one or two, Germany's Uefa executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said yesterday. Zwanziger, who was formerly head of the German Football Association, said the plan, still to be ratified by the Uefa executive committee, envisaged 12 countries hosting the expanded tournament, which will feature 24 teams, up from the current 16. "Michel Platini has told me his plan in a personal discussion," Zwanziger told Bild newspaper. "But it still needs to be ratified by the executive committee." Platini has said the bigger competition in 2020 will be too costly for single or joint bids. Reuters


Japan face Oman in World Cup qualifier

Asian champions Japan can move within touching distance of the 2014 World Cup by extending their unbeaten record against Oman today, while Iran can leapfrog South Korea in group A. The Samurai Blue are odds-on to reach their fifth consecutive World Cup after picking up 10 points from their first four games in group B to move five points clear at the halfway mark. AFP


Rangers chief expects Scottish league revamp

The chief executive of fallen giants Rangers has predicted the Scottish Football League will unveil plans for a league restructure this week. Charles Green expects the SFL to discuss possible changes to the format of Scottish football at a meeting today. "I understand that the [Scottish] Football League on Wednesday are having a meeting of clubs and it's the intention of the executive to unveil what they think would be a restructuring plan for Scottish football," Green said. "Hearts have got into financial difficulty and there were rumours in the papers that there were another couple of SPL clubs in financial difficulty so it is a time for change." AFP


Angry fans threaten Pato after Milan loss

Angry AC Milan fans vented their frustration at the Italian giants' 3-1 home defeat by surrounding the car of Alexandre Pato and threatening the Brazilian striker, a report said. Pato's penalty miss in a 3-1 defeat to Fiorentina at the San Siro last Sunday was seen by some fans as a costly mistake. According to Corriere dello Sport newspaper a group of angry Milan fans waiting for Pato to leave the stadium surrounded and banged on his car. AP