Today I turned on the TV and wanted to watch the game for third place of UEFA Euro 2020 between Spain and Denmark, but there was nothing. Why is there no match for third place?

In the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, Belgium and England faced each other, and Belgium won 2-0 (1-0).

After doing some research, I found out that there was also no match for third place at the previous UEFA Euro 2016 in France.

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    It's worth noting that third-place playoffs usually take place the day before the final, not on the same day, so if there had been a third-place playoff, you would already have missed it.
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Jul 11, 2021 at 16:48
  • Agreed, you have right ;-) Commented Jul 11, 2021 at 17:28

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The European Championships used to have a 3rd-place playoff, but it was discontinued after Euro 1980. Attendance was poor (24,652 spectators in a stadium that could hold 81,000), and according to The Athletic, TV viewing figures were also disappointing. As a result, UEFA decided there simply wasn't enough interest in the playoff to justify continuing to hold it.

It should be noted that attendance was poor throughout the tournament, but host nation Italy (one of the teams in the 3rd-place playoff) had consistently attracted crowds of 40-60,000 during the group stages. For their third-place playoff match to experience such a massive drop in attendance convinced UEFA that people simply didn't care about its outcome.

By comparison, the third-place playoff at the 1978 World Cup attracted 69,659 spectators to a 74,624-capacity stadium, only 2,000 less than the attendance for the final. As a larger and more prestigious tournament, the World Cup is able to generate a much higher level of interest in its third-place playoff, and so has never seen fit to get rid of it.

  • Okay, thanks. So no game for 3rd place will be made due to no interest... Commented Jul 11, 2021 at 17:30
  • As I recollect, those games also tended to be rather underwhelming, with players being obviously disinterested in the outcome, and coaches sometimes sending in a B-team. Commented Jul 12, 2021 at 5:35

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