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Re: EURO 2020

Post by PTAO? » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:29 pm

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They should let the top n ranked nations in then have wild cards. Let those play a tournament or groups to qualify without needing to have the farcical games.
Ridiculous. Should we have a European Super League too?
Not that ridiculous when you look at how other sports operate.

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by Colly » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:57 pm

Very few sports are as universal as football, where very few countries don't have a national team under FIFA. Seeding major tournaments rather than qualifying just enforces a money making status quo with the stronger teams getting stronger and the weaker sides not getting to improve. In my lifetime England have failed to qualify on plenty of occasions, Hole land have several times recently and even Italy failed to qualify for the last World Cup. Letting these sides qualify by default would be horrible.
Read that earlier, really interesting. Though as we all know the greatest ever Kosovan footballer was Shefki Kuqi.

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Re: EURO 2020

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by PTAO? » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:57 pm

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Very few sports are as universal as football, where very few countries don't have a national team under FIFA. Seeding major tournaments rather than qualifying just enforces a money making status quo with the stronger teams getting stronger and the weaker sides not getting to improve. In my lifetime England have failed to qualify on plenty of occasions, Hole land have several times recently and even Italy failed to qualify for the last World Cup. Letting these sides qualify by default would be horrible.
Read that earlier, really interesting. Though as we all know the greatest ever Kosovan footballer was Shefki Kuqi.
I don't know how old you are, but England have failed twice in my lifetime, both times they were outside the top 10 at the beginning of that year. Same with Italy and Nether regions last year, and in 2016 for Nether regions. Letting these sides qualify by default wouldn't have happened.

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by Colly » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:14 pm

At the time of the draw for the last World Cup Hole land, Romania and Wales were all in the top ten and would have automatically qualified under your system.

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by PTAO? » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:26 pm

How ever would we have lived.
I'd much rather see Germany beat San Marino 13-0 again, that will be much better for the development of smaller nations.

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by overseasTOON » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:34 pm

PTAO? wrote:
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How ever would we have lived.
I'd much rather see Germany beat San Marino 13-0 again, that will be much better for the development of smaller nations.
13-0!

San Marino must have had an off day. Normally they're a top class side as proven by how difficult they were for Scotland to break them down and eventually win 2-0.

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by Blue & Maroon » Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:02 pm

PTAO? wrote:
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How ever would we have lived.
I'd much rather see Germany beat San Marino 13-0 again, that will be much better for the development of smaller nations.
It's why the Nations League has been brought in.

Auto qualification will and should never happen. Bringing in a preliminary qualifier might but again I think UEFA have solved the 'problem' for many smaller nations.

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by Remember Colo » Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:01 pm

I feel so bad for the fans of power nations having to occasionally watch their teams beat up on low seeded opposition...Yes, those matches are boring. But I imagine the fans of those places are still happy to see their team play the best players in the world, and filling those weekends with more meaningless friendlies annoys fans too.

As others have said, the Nations Leagues set up by the continental federations have been a good change of pace to manufacture a sense of competition between qualifying periods, and I suppose they could let some of the top ranked sides skip maybe the first stage of tournament qualifying as federations like CONCACAF do, but it would require a complete overhaul of the UEFA qualifying format.

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by Bodacious Benny » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:48 pm

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by overseasTOON » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:49 pm

No point playing these minnows.

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by Bodacious Benny » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:54 pm

Balls. 1-1.
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Re: EURO 2020

Post by Somebodys pinched my sombrero » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:38 pm

No great lover of Sterling, but he’s been unplayable tonight.
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Re: EURO 2020

Post by Sir Bobby » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:39 pm

overseasTOON wrote:
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No point playing these minnows.
To be fair...

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by Bodacious Benny » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:41 pm

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No point playing these minnows.
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Re: EURO 2020

Post by overseasTOON » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:56 pm

That escalated quickly.

Washed up at 1-1 and then watched the technical challenge on bake off and its 5-1

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by Colly » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:58 pm

Game on.

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by overseasTOON » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:17 pm

Blimey. Watched the showstopper round and its 5-3 with a saved penalty!

They should play more matches during bake off!

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by Remember Colo » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:20 pm

Somebodys pinched my sombrero wrote:
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No great lover of Sterling, but he’s been unplayable tonight.
He's really good. Although I can also understand being annoyed by him.

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Re: EURO 2020

Post by Blue & Maroon » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:24 pm

What an enjoyable style of football Kosovo play, they'll qualify.

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