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EalingGreen

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  1. EalingGreen

    Nations League Draw.. (3/3/20)

    Can't say I'm too excited by the draw, but at least we didn't get Scotland or Wales. If the Romania date suits, might take a few days holiday in the country - parts of it are said to be nice, in a rural, mid-20th century kinda way.
  2. EalingGreen

    Russia

    When I went to Russia for our Qualifier in 2012, I used Travel Direct of Edinburgh to sort the visa - excellent service all round, though with these new biometric visa requirements, it may not be possible to use a company like them anymore? Anyhow, more here
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    Russia

    Not quite. Subject to appeal, they're banned from "major" i.e. global events like the Olympics or World Cup, but UEFA counts as "regional": St Petersburg’s role as host city in next summer’s European football championships is not included in the ban as Uefa is not considered a ‘major event organisation’. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/dec/09/russia-banned-from-tokyo-olympics-and-football-world-cup
  4. EalingGreen

    Nations League Draw.. (3/3/20)

    I wouldn't mind Russia if it were somewhere other than Moscow or St.Petersburg, yet still reasonably accessible and affordable. One of the reasons I like following NI is the chance to explore somewhere new. That's why I'm really hoping we get Bulgaria too.
  5. EalingGreen

    Nations League Draw.. (3/3/20)

    Agree - which is saying something when they're the easiest/cheapest travel options.
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    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
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  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

    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    They're digging a tunnel. It will probably come up in Rockall.
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