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  1. EalingGreen

    Playoffs

    Afaik, the away allocation can sometimes be reduced if there are segregation issues, or even if space is needed for TV and media? Anyhow, decent ground guide here which also includes this snippet: "The standard away ticket allocation appears to be between 660 and 700 – at least for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales." And we better hope it doesn't rain, or worse still, snow! (Also has a Trip Advisor page)
  2. EalingGreen

    Playoffs

    Kolasinic, Bosnia and Arsenal FB, has injured his ankle and won't be back in full training until January: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50863964 Daresay he'll be ok for our game but still, along with a new manager due at the Emirates, every little bit of disruption helps. Might overdo the Christmas dinner now, too.
  3. EalingGreen

    Playoffs

    Jeez, there's some right tripe being written here That's right, if we were to play ROI in the P/O Final in Belfast, we're refusing to give the FAI any more than their due entitlement of 5% of tickets (= 925) for away fans because of bigotry/old grievances/James McClean/ya-di-ya-di-ya. (The Breakaway Split in 1921 also got a mention ) FFS! Does the writer imagine that if we had been playing in Dublin, they'd have allocated us any more than our 5%? Still, it might backfire on us: "If the North prevail in their Euro 2020 play-off semi-final away to Bosnia, they will face the winner of Slovakia versus the Republic of Ireland in a one-off, winner-takes-all game in Belfast. If Michael O'Neill's beat the Boys in Green (they both play in green by the way, but the North are the Green and White Army) and qualify for the finals, they'll play two of their Euro 2020 finals games - against Poland and Sweden - at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Their fans will be relying on the goodwill of southern supporters to sell them match tickets they've already bought for the finals." That's right. If thousands of ROI fans should be stuck with unwanted, overpriced tickets for eg NI vs Sweden, oh no, they won't take our money, they'll keep their pride instead. Like Hell...
  4. EalingGreen

    Playoffs

    Nah, let Slovakia stuff them. Personally I never want to play them again, home away or neutral, it's just too much hassle. Anyhow, if we did have to play them, I'm sure we could cope with the away fans in whatever section they're allocated. But it's their fans getting tickets in our end, esp those from NI, which would worry me. Luckily, we can always trust the IFA ticketing department to have cast-iron procedures in place to ensure tickets only go to the people who should get them.
  5. EalingGreen

    Post Mortem

    Interesting profile of Serge Gnabry below, asking why he didn't make it in England, either under Wenger at Arsenal, or Pulis at WBA Though tbf, Wenger wanted to keep him and Pulis acknowledged his transformation. Anyhow, the article also includes this: Gnabry has scored 13 goals in as many appearances for his country, with a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Northern Ireland during his last outing for Die Mannschaft. It led Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill to say Gnabry and Germany will have a big impact on next summer's European Championships. "Gnabry's goalscoring record is phenomenal," he said. "It's a mystery to me how English clubs didn't get more out of him." https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50556045 Having seen him do NI twice, as well as annihilating Spurs for Bayern in the CL, it is truly astonishing to me that the PL let him slip through the net
  6. EalingGreen

    2020/21 UEFA Nations League

    Ah right. I had forgotten that two NL teams will be added to the 10 WCQ Runners-up, to play off to provide the final 3 World Cup entrants from UEFA (alongside the 10 WCQ group winners): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification_(UEFA) Though presumably Russia will want to compete in as many international competitions as possible. Which would also help maintain their rankings with both UEFA and FIFA.
  7. EalingGreen

    2020/21 UEFA Nations League

    Don't see why that should be the case - surely you're either in the competition for as far as you get, or you're not?
  8. EalingGreen

    2020/21 UEFA Nations League

    If Euro2020 is not a major sporting event (I think they may mean world event?), then the NL surely won't be either. But as your later post clarifies, they're out of the 2022 World Cup unless their appeal to CAS succeeds.
  9. EalingGreen

    2020/21 UEFA Nations League

    Same here, both counts. And being extra selfish, I'd like somewhere in Russia other than Moscow/St.Petersburg
  10. EalingGreen

    Playoffs

    The first time I've seen/heard anything in favour of VAR! Hope it's correct - don't want the hassle of trekking out to/back from Zenica, nor for the Bosnians to have the "fortress" advantage they believe that stadium gives them.
  11. EalingGreen

    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    That's because much of the remaining 60% (sponsors, blazers, locals, corporates etc) were not really wanted by their recipients, so were either returned to UEFA for re-distribution, or were touted etc. That's why the Welsh had so many more than us for our game - at short notice, they could easily arrange coaches to get them over to France. I remember driving to the Channel Tunnel in my car and passing coach after coach in the bus lane into the tunnel, all of them from Cardiff and Swansea etc. (Assume the ferries were the same). Obv arranging the same from NI was much more difficult, inc requiring an overnight stay (min)
  12. EalingGreen

    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    I think I read somewhere that for Dublin (51k), the two Associations would each be allocated c.10k - though don't hold me to that. Anyhow, if so, both Sweden and Poland (esp) will easily take up their allocation, so there will be no returns made available, either officially or unofficially, for their opponents.
  13. EalingGreen

    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    Of course. It's just that for me, all our games involve a flight, so if it has to be outside Belfast, I'd rather it was somewhere new, or at least more exotic than Dublin. But yeah, there are also worse venues - the main thing is to qualify. 🤞
  14. EalingGreen

    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    Same here as well.
  15. EalingGreen

    Playoffs

    Latest speculation apparently is that it could be Dušan Bajević. He was formerly a star player for Mostar, his home town club (though he may be an ethnic Serb?), who also gave him his first management job. Anyhow, he's managed mostly in Greece, and with some success, but doesn't seem to have been in a management job since Dec.2012? And he'll be 71 next week! EDIT: Some more googling has revealed that the Bosnian FA was in a big spot of bother with FIFA in 2012, who suspended them - something to do with politics, would you believe? https://www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/fifa-uefa-ban-bosnia-from-world-football-53977320-040111 Anyhow, Bajevic was brought in as part of some Committee which managed to smooth things over and get them readmitted to FIFA, for which he got a nice print for his living room wall: https://www.nfsbih.ba/en/news/dusan-bajevic-is-the-winner-of-the-state-sports-prize-2018/ Which suggests he's well in with the Blazers at the Bosnian FA.
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