But they are definitely letting too many Europeans into football tournaments.
The Champions League is now bloated with no-hopers while the Euro 2016 qualifiers involve so many obscure countries it won’t be a shock to see Canvey Island competing soon.
Twenty four teams will compete in the finals of Euro 2016 which could drag on all summer.
And the Champions League seems to last forever as the group stages evolve into one big yawn.
Of course the odd glamour tie springs up in the early rounds – like Liverpool against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
That was a humbling experience for the Reds as Real sauntered to a 3-0 half time lead then played the second half like a training match.
European games often affect domestic results the weekend after so the upcoming round of Premier League games could be a bit tricky to find winners.
But West Ham did us a favour last week at Burnley so let’s go hunting for a bit of value.
I was tempted by the Hammers at 5/1 at home to Man City but the prospect of Sergio Aguero bearing down on James Collins has put me off that one.
Hull look over-priced at 13/2 at Liverpool but the loss of Jelavic up front takes away a potent weapon against the Red’s rocky central defence.
It’s not nice to kick teams when they are down – but if there’s a few quid in it why not?
So let’s go for an away win double for Everton to win at Burnley and Aston Villa at QPR.
Both the home sides are shipping goals and struggling to score which is a toxic mix in the Premier League.
The double pays a shade under 5/1 and that looks worth a go.
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Running Total for all bets this season to a £10 stake: £+27.50