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Dänemark unterlag  England im EM-Halbfinale. Foto: dpa/Justin Tallis

Why is there no match for third place in EM?

Denmark lost to England in the semi-finals of the European Championship. Photo: dpa / Justin Tallis

Italy and England face each other in the European Championship final on Sunday. For Spain and Denmark, the trip ended in the semi-finals. Because there will be no match for third place.

Many remember: in the 2006 World Cup, Germany and Portugal faced each other for third place. The German Football Association won the match 3-1 – a small consolation in the tournament in their home country. But in the European Championships, there is no “small final”. How is that? Many football fans are now wondering about that.

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On Sunday, Italy and England face each other in the European Championship final. While Spain lost on penalties against Italy, England beat Denmark 2-1 after extra time. There will be no match for third place for losing teams.

The third-place finisher in the European Championship has not been decided since 1984. The third-place match had been played four years earlier. There is no official reason from the European Union to cancel the match. In 2016, a Spiegel Online spokeswoman said the game wasn’t engaging enough. Other possible reasons are likely to be a lack of interest on the part of viewers and the associated drop in ratings. In addition, there is a tight schedule for the main sporting event.