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EalingGreen

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    Romania game

    My biggest worry would be spending up to two hours making my way through the queues and searches etc in a busy airport, then sitting in a confined metal tube for three hours, surrounded by potential virus carriers whose every cough and splutter gets circulated by the aircon. Then repeating it on the way back a few days later. Unfortunately all our forthcoming away games are a bit too far for me to drive in my own car under the Channel via Eurotunnel. And I can't even see myself taking in the home games, either, for the same reason.
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    Nations League Draw.. (3/3/20)

    UEFA medical official warns international matches will have to be played behind closed doors A senior UEFA medical official has warned that international matches due to be played this year, including autumn games in the Nations League, may have to be played behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Tim Meyer, head of UEFA's Medical Commission, has issued a warning over stadiums being opened to the public. "There has been no verdict on spectator participation in the matches yet. However, it looks like there will be no competitions under UEFA's patronage with people in the stands this year. It would be too much of a risk," Meyer told a German news agency. "The situation for international football is much more complicated than for the national leagues," he said. "For a final tournament that takes place in one country, this can be organised relatively well. "But when all 55 UEFA nations start with international matches and the Nations League in September, there will be other levels of difficulty, such as national legislation or laboratory availability. That will be far more complex at UEFA level." More here: https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/uefa-medical-official-warns-international-matches-will-have-to-be-played-behind-closed-doors-39324691.html
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    Nations League Draw.. (3/3/20)

    Cheers for that, Chris. Meanwhile, as of 11 pm tonight, the IFA still haven't loaded the revised match dates onto their (award-winning) official site: Bloody Useless
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    2020/21 UEFA Nations League

    Same here, both counts. And being extra selfish, I'd like somewhere in Russia other than Moscow/St.Petersburg
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    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)
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    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.
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    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. 🤞
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    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    Same here as well.
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    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    They're digging a tunnel. It will probably come up in Rockall.
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    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    Well I thought it was good Better than I could have come up with (not that that says anything)
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    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    Good explanation of the Draw/Finals here: (Substitute "NI" for "Ireland". Obviously)
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    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    ... and in Valencia
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    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    Actually 'Richboy' was quite correct previously, the 2024 Euro's WILL revert to the 2016 format i.e. 24 teams in a single host country. I had forgotten that UEFA confirmed this last year And in a move which must absolutely delight one prominent poster on here, that host country will be Germany, who won the vote over the only other candidate, Turkey. https://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/about-uefa/news/newsid=2573282.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Euro_2024
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    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    To answer my own question, it seems that the p/o final is treated exactly the same as a home qualifier i.e. Bosnia or NI will get to keep all the proceeds.
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    Euro2020 Prize Money

    If ever we needed an incentive to qualify for the Finals, this is it: Each team receives a participation fee of €9.25 million, with the winner able to earn a maximum of €34 million. Round achieved Amount Number of teams Final tournament €9.25m 24 Group stage €1.5m for a win €750,000 for a draw 24 Round of 16 €2m 16 Quarter-finals €3.25m 8 Semi-finals €5m 4 Runner-up €7m 1 Winner €10m 1 https://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/mediaservices/mediareleases/newsid=2541130.html And if we needed an extra incentive to eliminate ROI along the way: Delay in signing off FAI accounts as debt set to surge above €50million JOHN DELANEY’S pay-off from the FAI will be revealed over the next week when the cash-strapped association eventually publishes its accounts. A reconvened AGM to discuss the financial statements is likely to be held on Saturday, December 21, after the accounts weren't signed off at a meeting of the eight-person board last night. The FAI's new Vice-President Paul Cooke recently confirmed the requisite 21-day notice period to members of the gathering would be issued. Cooke warned that the figures would cause "shock" in football circles. Debts could soar above €50m when the emergency overdraft facility provided by UEFA over the summer is added to the legacy mortgage on Lansdowne Road. "Ah, that money was just resting in my account..."
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    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    The Semi-Finals venues were based on ranking/results, which is fair enough, I suppose. But the Final was simply a random draw i.e. irrespective of deserving/earning it. So as well as getting to play in their home stadium, NI/Bosnia also get 95% of the crowd. (Wouldn't matter over two legs) Obv I'll take it, but imo it's yet another unfairness/screw-up in the organising of this whole tourney. EDIT: Does the home association also get to keep 95% of the gate money, plus TV, advertising and sponsorship etc?
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