Europe was initially motivated by the need to combat "hooliganism" and later by the need for better stadiums in order to improve the Soccer Business. Remodelling and construction of new Stadiums was guided by the need for Security and Comfort along with high standards of architecture, engineering and technology.
Europe is today the greatest market of the Soccer in the World, millions of spectators go every week to stadiums.
Even in small countries like Portugal, the professional business of soccer changed into the main entertainment event for families of all social groups.
In 2007 UEFA choose the following Stadiums for the final games of:
Arena of Munich, Olimpic of Berlin, Santiago Barnabeu in Madrid, Mestalla in Valência, Wembley in London.
Emirates - Arsenal, Arena Shalke 04, Olimpico de Barcelona, Arena de Hamburgo, Dublin, Nacional de Bucarest.
The main criteria to choose the Stadiums were:
- Functionality and Security
... and for the choice of cities:
- Hotel capacity
- Transportation and airports