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EalingGreen

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  1. EalingGreen

    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    From the fans pov, certainly (esp on a school night), but maybe a handy enough wee loosener for Michael and the team before the big one on the Monday? One more reason to get off to a flying start in the four opening games. Six years on and it mightn't be too different a line-up from that which screwed up in Luxembourg: Carroll, JEvans, Hodson, DLafferty, McAuley, Ferguson, McGinn, Davis, Norwood, Ward, Paterson (O'Connor, McKay and Grigg off the bench) 10 Sept 2013 - Luxembourg 3 v 2 NI, Att. 1,114 And Hughes, McGivern, Baird, Brunt, KLafferty and Shiels featured in the home game 12 months previously: 11 Sept. 2012 - NI 1 v 1 Luxembourg, Att. 10,674
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    Joachim Low - Running scared of OWC

    Already preparing his Exit Plan before he faces us? Germany coach Joachim Low admitted that his time in charge of the national team is coming to an end and that he would be tempted by Real Madrid. Low won the World Cup in 2014 with Germany but in recent times the team has disappointed at this year's World Cup and in the Nations Cup. "I realise that the major part of my time here is now in the past and I need to think about what I want to do afterwards, in my plans are to coach a club which I did before being national team coach," said Low. "I would prefer not to continue in Germany, I think that my future is more likely to abroad. Real Madrid? They are an interesting club for any coach." https://www.marca.com/en/football/real-madrid/2018/12/09/5c0d28a546163f88808b4568.html
  3. EalingGreen

    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Is it known for definite that these free dates have to be filled with friendlies? And if so, do they have to be against other UEFA teams? From what he says, I'd have thought Michael would prefer a free date on the Thursday before the home Germany game on Mon.9th September (to work on specific tactics). And as for the away game vs. Netherlands on Thursday 10th October, I don't see how another friendly on the following Sunday or Monday would be either beneficial or desirable.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    The mistake was not being late for the original deadline, but in setting the deadline so early. Having watched the process since the beginning, I remain genuinely astonished that they got so far so quickly. Of course, the question remains of who will have to pay for the missed deadline, but I'd be very surprised if Daniel Levy hadn't imposed penalties for failure to complete. "This too shall pass" Edit: Sorry for dragging this thread off topic everyone.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    A stadium is for life, not just for Christmas...
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Den Bosch is also handy enough if the game is in Rotterdam - v.frequent trains take an hour (incs. change in Breda) EDIT: Similarly v.handy for Eindhoven too, though Netherlands only play there v.infrequently i.e. since hammering San Marino 11-0 there in September 2011, they've played in Amsterdam 29 times, Rotterdam 8 times and again in Eindhoven just once (lost 1-2 to Greece in September 2016): http://www.rsssf.com/tablesn/ned-intres.html Map of Netherlands cities
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    You're just showing off that you can spell it - next you'll be telling us you can pronounce it, too! Anyhow, I've just googled it and it's better known as Den Bosch - home to the football team (and Ruud van Nistelrooy). Sounds like it could be a good alternative to Amsterdam - an hour away by (v.frequent) train.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Amsterdam or Rotterdam I think, though tbh, it doesn't make a huge deal of difference, since if you fly into AMS, you're never far from anywhere in Holland (great train system etc). Could even do Belgium or western Germany at a pinch. Anyhow, could be Eurostar for me.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    When the 3rd seed for Group C was drawn originally, it was our southern chums who came out. But the Draw doesn't permit 3 host nations in the same Group, so ROI were switched to Group D. Then they drew again for Group C and lo and behold...
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Except we weren't drawn in Group 3 this time, at least not first time around.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Oh don't worry, some people can. And for the ECQ draw. And the bad weather. The failure to bring peace to the Middle East is probably his fault, too. P.S. Forgot to mention the Romanian ref in the Swiss game, too. No doubt he had a hand in that as well, somehow.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    The alternative was to stick with the Old Guard for the NL through 2018, and still not qualify via that route. Then find that he had to make the transition to an attacking, possession-based game with new, young and inexperienced players in the ECQ's in 2019. Of course, had he known the draw we were to get for the ECQ's, he might have chosen a different strategy, but then again, "if my Auntie Jane had balls etc".... I still think the transition had to be made sometime, it's just now we're likely to be looking at 2022 rather than 2020.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    As I saw it, it wasn't that Michael didn't want to win our NL group - he was taking it seriously enough imo. However, his main priority was bedding-in new young players and establishing a new style of play, in the knowledge that the EC Qualifiers (proper) gave us (ahem) a backstop. (At least they did until we saw the feckin draw )
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Only happened twice before, 1965 and 1975: We won the first 2-1 in a WCQ - our only victory* over them: https://www.11v11.com/matches/northern-ireland-v-netherlands-17-march-1965-228966/ Afaik, football in Holland was pretty much semi-pro in those days i.e. it wasn't until the Michels/Cruyff-led emergence in the late 60's which saw it go f-t, leading to the great Ajax, Feyenoord and international teams of the 70's onwards. So that by the time the 2nd home game came around (lost 0-1), we were playing what was probably Holland's greatest ever team i.e. that which got to the WC Final in 1974 and 1978: https://www.11v11.com/matches/northern-ireland-v-netherlands-12-october-1977-234458/ I was at the latter one, so I can say I say Cruyff and Best on the same pitch, though in truth, Cruyff was carrying an injury, whereas Best was merely being carried... * - To date
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Does the computer allocate them away matches only in March/November? If it does, it means home or away double headers for them, rather than a straightfoward one home and one away each match period.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Ah. Does that mean we won't have friendlies on those dates? Or will it be another trip to Central America? Meanwhile, it's just occurred that two competitive games fewer means less revenue for the five team groups. Which I daresay Neth and Ger can withstand, but it does nought for the IFA.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    What's the betting the fixture computer sees us finish the campaign with a Friendly date on 14-16 November, to be followed by a dead rubber in Minsk a few days later? Whoop-di-doo. Not.
  18. EalingGreen

    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Yeah, cos let's face it, a good swally is far more important than a good result...
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Bacchus, maybe, but not Zigger-Zagger, the God of Football
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    It's live on uefa.com - if you've a computer, that is
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    You can't beat a good bit of fiddly-dee to make a Draw that bit more special.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    With ten groups, I guess it must be a 50/50 chance? Meanwhile, if it did apply, we would have a home friendly instead of the fifth home qualifier. Would the IFA dare to apply that game to the Card? Or substitute it with a NL Play-Off (if it came to that)? Or even roll it over to the first home game of the 2022 WC Qualifiers (assuming cardholders re-apply) My guess is that they'll lose our details and just require people to queue up somewhere with a programme from the S.Korea friendly, in return for which they'll get a £20 Voucher for the IFA shop and a Gourmet Burger from the nearest chip van. Oh, and maybe a lanyard, if there are still some spares knocking about. Sorted!
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