Originally Posted by Captain_Fishpaste
Absolutely, aye. Ukraine are currently 52nd in the FIFA rankings but produced a really entertaining game in their opener. Poland are 62nd but produced two cracking games.
Plenty decent European sides out there who are not at this tournament but could add to the entertainment like Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Switzerland.... not massive powers I grant, you, but far from minnows too.
I agree that there are good teams out there not at the tournament but the problem is that it will render the group stages almost pointless. I bet at Euro 2016 pretty much anyone will be able to accurately predict who will progress to the last 16. There'll be no situations like 2012's group B where one of Holland, Germany and Portugal won't qualify so you're guaranteed some important games early on, and there'll be less chance of upsets in the groups that should
be easier for the top teams.
So yes, you're getting more games. The problem is that half the tournament is no longer as exciting as it used to be. The extra games come at the price of massively devaluing the group stages which to me, is not a price worth paying.