Euros Reimagined: Who’d Win If It Were Based On Forest Size?

Euros Reimagined: Who Would Win If It Were Based On Forest Size? - Carbon Herald
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With the real Euros on the horizon, leading UK online timber merchant Timbersource decided to hold a unique tournament based on forest size – the Forestland Euros! 

Here, nations battled it out based on the size of their forests, not footballing prowess.

England’s journey ended early in the knockout stages, bowing out to Germany. To determine the champion, Timbersource gathered forest area data and analyzed potential matchups, mimicking the official UEFA bracket

This resulted in a “Group of Doom” featuring heavyweights like France, Austria, and Poland. 

Despite boasting the second-largest forest area, France finished runners-up due to the draw’s influence.

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The final winner, crowned through a clever combination of the official bracket and forestland data, was Spain, with a total forest area of over 18 million hectares.

They triumphed over France in the finals, with Turkey claiming third place.

Fun Fact: While Spain reigned supreme in the Forestland Euros, the real world has a different champion. 

Russia boasts the most extensive forests globally with a total of 800 million hectares, but the ongoing war with Ukraine has led to their disqualification from this “foresty” competition.

Forestland Euros vs. Real Euros: A Tale of Two Tournaments

Throughout the actual Euros, Timbersource will track both tournaments to see how closely the real matches mirror the forestland-based predictions. 

Here’s hoping England fares better in the real competition than they did in the Forestland Euros!

Forests, our silent giants, play a crucial role in our planet’s well-being. From combating climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide to providing us with resources like timber, forests offer a wealth of benefits.

The full dataset used within the research can be found here.

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