With the knockout stages of Euro 2016 in full swing we’ve released the latest and final instalment of our alternative look at the Euro 2016 championship.

After previously playing out the group stages awarding goals based on take home salary, property price per a square meter, monthly utilities costs and cost of a monthly gym membership, we’ve have moved onto the last 16 and the knockout stages of their alternative property based tournament.

As before Emoov kept to the official Euro 2016 rules in terms of matches and progression of each team. For the knockout stages Emoov removed the criteria of gym membership in order to avoid the laborious threat of extra time and the results are as follows. Goals were awarded on who had the higher take home salary, the lower property price and the lower cost of utility bills.

The Last 16

Although Poland offers the superior take home salary, it’s Romania that takes the first quarter-final spot with cheaper property and bill costs across the board.

The hosts prevail in a tight match against Wales to take the second quarter-final spot. Although at £4,274, the cost of property in France is far greater than the Welsh, they do enough in the second half with a higher take home salary (£1,506) and marginally lower cost of monthly bills (£116).

The Czech Republic succumb to one of the smallest nations at the tournament, Iceland, due to their smaller take home salary and greater cost of bills. Although the Czech Republic does offer a fairer property price point to see them secure one goal at least.

Albania continues to be the dark horse, securing a quarter-final at their first major tournament at the expense of Northern Ireland. With a property price per square meter of just £917 and monthly bills of £41 to Northern Ireland’s £79, Albania bag a late winner to move onto the next round.

Despite a take home salary of just £136, Ukraine dispatch Slovakia with a property price of just £899 and the cost of bills per month nearly £100 cheaper than Slovakia (£36).

With a property price more than five times that of Hungary, Sweden go a goal down from the start but rescue the game with a much higher salary (£1,683 to Hungary’s £383) and a cheaper cost of living with monthly utility costs some £54 cheaper.

Belgium lose out to Turkey due to property costing double a square meter of their competitors (£2,248), as well as the cost of utilities being higher (£105 to Turkey’s £64).

Finally, Russia secure the final quarter-final place against Portugal in one of the tightest games so far. Despite offering a lower take home salary (£368) than the Portuguese (£618), Russia offers the lower house price point (£1,206) and beats Portugal in added time where utilities are concerned by just £6 (£62).

The Quarter-finals

In the first quarter-final Iceland narrowly come out on top of Romania. At £908 per square meter, Romania’s considerably cheaper property price puts them one nil up. But with a take home salary of just £352 to Iceland’s £1,611, the game is tied. At just £1 cheaper (£72) Iceland snatches it at the death due to a cheaper cost of utilities each month, to gain a place in the semi-finals.

Sweden cause an upset and dump the hosts France out, winning the game on higher take home salary (£1,683) and utility bills (£60), despite a property price point (£5,199) nearly £1,000 a square meter more than the French.

The Ukraine send Turkey home with a lower property price (£899) and utility cost (£36), although Turkey get a constellation goal with a take home salary of £469 a month, more than three times that of the Ukraine.

Albania continue their run of great form to knockout the Russians and secure the last place in the semi-finals, beating them on both property and utility costs, with the take home salary of £368 to Albania’s £216 being Russia’s only saving grace.

The Semi-finals

Iceland just fall short of securing a place in the final, offering a considerably cheaper property price at £2,137, but missing out by just £72 where salary is concerned and just £12 in terms of monthly utility costs at £72 to Sweden’s £60, handing the Swede’s a spot in the final.

In the other semi-final Albania also fall short at the last hurdle to the Ukraine. Ukraine sneak it on property price by just £18 at £899 a square meter to Albania’s £917. Albania respond with a higher take home salary at £216 to Ukraine’s £136. But Ukraine sneak a winner with the cost of utilities each month at £36 to Albania’s £41.

The Final

So it’s an all yellow and blue affair in the final as Ukraine take on Sweden. At £5,199 the price of property per square meter in Sweden is nearly six times that of Ukraine, resulting in the Ukrainians taking an early lead.

But Sweden level the game with a take home wage of £1,683 a month, £1,547 more than the Ukraine. But late in injury time the Ukraine steals the winner with the cost of bills, at £36, £24 cheaper than the Swedish, to win Emoov’s alternative Euro 2016 Final.

Forget Ronaldo Gomez or Pogba, all you need is to come out top of the Euro’s is an affordable property price, good take home salary and low cost of living, something the Ukraine has across the board.

Obviously this knock-out stage will look completely different to the world football powers that are likely to dominate the actual Euros, but it does offer a good insight into how countries across Europe match up when it comes to property price and the cost of living.

What with the outcome of the Brexit vote, we could see masses of Remain campaigners flee to remaining EU member states for sanctuary based solely on this research.

Russell Quirk

Founder & CEO, Emoov.co.uk

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