David Owen: Euro victory for France but less encouraging signs for Platini

So Turkey narrowly failed in their efforts to upset France and win the right to host the 2016 European football championship.

Having come so close in Friday’s vote, I’m sure members of the Turkish bid team will need time to get over their disappointment.

But once they do, they can reflect that their efforts have secured an important legacy for Turkey: never again will a Turkish bid for any sports competition be taken lightly.

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David Owen: Angolan attack highlights South African security concerns

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It has been a dreadful start to the year for African football.

I was just settling down to write a column arguing that African governing body CAF’s decision to sign an exclusive sponsorship deal with Qatar 2022 demonstrated that FIFA needed to take a firmer grip on the World Cup bidding process - either that or simply auction the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to the highest bidders - when word of the attack on the Togo team came through.

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