Member of the executive committee of UEFA and well-known former international footballer Franz Beckenbauer, Germany announced that, starting from the European Championship in 2016 the number of teams that will take part in the final stage of the championship, will be increased from 16 to 24. This was decided at the beginning of the two-day meeting of football officials in the French Bordeaux, according to Reuters. "This decision has already been agreed. The final verdict on it will be officially announced tomorrow at a press conference, UEFA, "- said Beckenbauer. Recall that according to current rules in the final stage of Euro 16 teams taking part. This competition format was adopted in 1996. Prior to that, from 1960 to 1976 championship team played according to the cup system, and since 1980 in the finals of the European Championship played only 8 of the best national teams.
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