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EalingGreen

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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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    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    Do you know that, or are you speculating? Remember, this is not a two-legged affair, so after getting the advantage of a home draw, do NI/Bosnia also get the advantage of 95% of the crowd?
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    Euro 2020 Finals Draw

    It will all depend what the accountants tell them after 2020. If it has made more money than 2016, then they'll assure us all it was a "great success" and stick with the format, supported no doubt by those countries who got to qualify/host for the first time. But if the figures haven't stacked up, then it'll be "as you were" - or some new concoction, probably involving a 48 team finals or somesuch.
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    Other groups

    Seems so: "The first international match of Bosnia was played against Albania in 1996, and for the next 10 years Bilino Polke Stadium became known as a fortress. Across 15 matches, Bosnia’s national team was undefeated until a Euro 2008 qualifier against Hungary." And according to Wiki, "The stadium is considered a "curse" for foreign national teams, because the Bosnian national team usually wins or rarely loses their home games at Bilino Polje stadium." Decent stadium guide here
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    Other groups

    Where was this? (Not on o/s or twitter feed yet)
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    Post Mortem

    (Highly) Selective excerpts from uefa.com's official match report: Steffen Potter, Match reporter "The Germans won 6-1, they played well, their game was one of the best in the past three years," concludes Zeit Online. "The Northern Ireland fans made this game a public festival. With their cheerfulness, [they] infected almost everyone else [in Frankfurt]. Businessmen and stressed bankers interrupted their phone calls to take photos." Full-time verdict: "The scoreline might look really bad for Northern Ireland, but it’s not that Michael O'Neill’s team has played badly, but Germany have been brilliant over long spells tonight." "At first glance this might look terrible for Northern Ireland, but I feel this is the best I have seen Germany play in a long time. The movement, passing and finishing have been outstanding." "Kudos to the away fans – they haven’t stopped singing for quite a while now, irrespective of the scoreline." (At H-T) " With Northern Ireland, I was especially impressed with their sudden spells of high pressing. Granted, they were few and far between, but one of those almost forced Ter Stegen into a potentially costly mistake." "Around 2,500 fans from Northern Ireland have made their way to Frankfurt, and they are already making themselves heard." More here: https://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/match/2026008--germany-vs-northern-ireland/
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    Other groups

    Needn't come to that eg give the opposition, say, 25% at WP and that still leaves 13.5k for Campaign Cardholders. Well Gold Card holders, at any rate (searches for 'I'm All Right, Jack" smilie.). And 25% in Zenica would give us 3,800 - more than enough for those with plenty of points. (Now where did I put that smilie?)
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    Other groups

    Somebody was speculating earlier today that because it's a one-off game (i.e. no return leg), the away team will/should be allowed a bigger allocation than usual. Same would also apply for the final. Certainly makes sense - so that's a "No" from UEFA, then....
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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
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