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3 hours ago, Tarabonga said:

Haven't looked, but at the very least I would expect it to be on rte as it's in Dublin.

Live on RTE2 @ 10.45am,  Live on SSN around the same time. 

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58 minutes ago, norniron93 said:

Does anyone know if the fixtures will also be announced on Sunday?

Discussed on page 1. Fixtures expected to be announced later on Sunday.

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I found this list of possible/likely venues on a Welsh forum. Where countries have multiple venues, the poster listed the maximum capacity and last opponents played. Since Wales are in Pot 2, someone else updated that Pot:

Pot 1:

France - Stade de France, Paris (80,698) - Most games. One game against Luxembourg in Toulouse (33,150).
Belgium - King Badouin Stadium, Brussels (50,093) - Most games. One game in Liege (27,670) against Gibraltar. 
Portugal - Multiple locations. This changes every game and has included Aveiro (Andorra, 32,830), Faro (Latvia, 30,305), Estadio da Luz, Lisbon (Hungary; Italy, 64,642), Estadio de Bessa, Porto (Faroe Islands, 28,263), Guimaraes (Poland,30,000). Generally the bigger games are in Lisbon but no guarantee. 
Spain - Multiple locations. Again changes every game and has included Leon (Liechtenstein, 13,346), Granada (Macedonia, 22,369), Gijon (Israel, 29,029), Bernabeu, Madrid (Italy, 81,044), Alicante (Albania, 29,500), Elche (Croatia, 33,732), Seville (England, 63,720).
Switzerland - Again multiple locations and changes most games. Basel (Portugal; Hungary, 42,450),  Luzern (Faroes; Belgium, 16,800), Geneva (Latvia, 30,084), St Gallen (Andorra; Iceland, 19,694). I'd take a guess and say we'd play in Basel for a qualifier.
England - Wembley Stadium, London (90,000) - All games.
Italy - Multiple locations. Juventus Stadium, Turin (Spain, 41,507), Palermo (Albania, 36,349), Udine (Liechtenstein, 25,144), Reggio Emilia (Israel, 24,717), Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin (Macedonia, 27,958), Bologna (Poland, 38,279), San Siro, Milan (Portugal, 80,018). 
Netherlands - Games are either played at De Kuip, Rotterdam (51,117) or the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam (54,990). 
Croatia - Most games are played at Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb (35,423). Two games have been played at Rijeka (Finland; England, 8,297). 
Poland - Most games played at Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (56,826), Nations League games played in Chorzow (55,211). 

Pot 2
Germany- multiple Stadiums-who knows and can't be arsed putting up a list
Iceland-Laugardalsvöllur,Reykjavík - 15,000
Bosnia- Bilino Polje, Zenica- 15,600 (Taffy's list didn't include Sarajevo We're On Our Way :o)
Ukraine- Olympic Stadium,Kiev 70,050
Denmark- Parken Stadium,Copenhagen- 38,065 Ceres Park Aarhus-19,433(though I believe they will play qualifiers in Copenhagen
Sweden- Friends Arena, Stockholm- 50,653
Russia- rotated in the NL but Luzhniki Stadium Moscow-81,000 would be their main stadium
Austria-Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna-50,865
Wales- Cardiff City stadium-33,280
Czech Republic- Play the bigger games in Prague- Eden Aréna-19,084, Generali Arena-20,000

 

Pot 4: 

Greece - All WC qualifiers were played in Piraeus (32,115). Olympic Stadium, Athens (69,618) was used for the Nations League games. Indications games will probably be played in Athens going forward. 
Romania - Multiple locations. Cluj (Montengro; Denmark 30,201), Bucharest (Poland; Armenia; Serbia, 55,634), Ploiesti (Kazakhstan; Montenegro, 15,073). 
Montenegro - City Stadium, Podgorica (15,230) - All games. 
Hungary - Groupama Arena, Budapest (23,698) - All games. (67,889 Puskas Stadium in Budapest not due to open until end 2019 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferenc_Puskás_Stadium_(2019)
Albania - All games played either at Shkoder (16,000) or Elbasan (12,800). (Currently building new 22,500 stadium in Tirana, due to complete at end 2018, seemingly behind schedule: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arena_Kombëtare ; http://stadiumdb.com/constructions/alb/arena_kombetare
Cyprus - GSP Stadium, Nicosia (22,859) - All games. 
Slovenia - Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana (16,038) - All games. 
Estonia - A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (14,405) - All games. 
Lithuania - LFF Stadium, Vilnius (5,067) - All games. 
Georgia - Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (54,549) - All games. 

Pot 5: 

FYR Macedonia - Most games played at the Phillip II Arena, Skopje (34,460). Two smaller games (Liechtenstein, Albania) were played at Stadion Mladost, Strumica (9,200). 
Kosovo - All WC qualifiers were played in Albania's Shkoder stadium (16,000). NL games were played in Pristina (13,500). 
Belarus - All WC qualifiers were played at Borisov Arena, Barysaw (13,126). NL games were played at Dinamo Stadium, Minsk (22,000). 
Luxembourg - Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City (8,125) - All games. 
Armenia - Republican Stadium, Yerevan (14,403) - All games. 
Azerbaijan - All games played in Baku at three different stadiums. Mainly the Olympic Stadium (69,700). Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium (31,200), Bakcell Arena (11,000). 
Moldova - Zimbru Stadium, Chisinau (10,400) - All games. 
Kazakhstan - Mainly played at the Astana Arena, Astana (30,244). One game played at Almaty (Denmark, 23,804). 
Gibraltar - Played all WC qualifier games at Portugal's Estadio Algarve in Faro (30,305). NL games played at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar (2,000), but 2020 ECQ's will also be Faro. 
Faroe Islands - Torsvollur, Torshavn (6,000) - All games. 

Pot 6:

Latvia - All WC qualifiers played at Skonto Stadium, Riga (9,500). All NL games played at Daugava Stadium, Riga (10,461). 
Malta - National Stadium, Ta' Qali (16,997) - All games.
Liechtenstein - Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (7,584) - All games. 
Andorra - Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (3,306) - All games. 
San Marino - San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (6,664) - All games.  

 

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Cheers EG. Just got my phone to rehearse draw- we're in a group of 6 with Italy,  Ukraine, Hungary, Faroes and Andorra...

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The odds:

  • NI to draw Scotland or the Beautiful South- 0%
  • ditto both Wales and England- 1%
  • either of the 2 immediately above- 20%
  • Nations League semi-finalist- 40%
  • a 5 or 6 team group- 50% for both
  • Manager Mick's Multinational Misfits maintain mutinous misery making Macedonia, Malta & Moldova merry- 99% 😄

(some figures are rounded due to political rows, cold weather in Nordic countries, bears sh*tting in woods etc)

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Cheers EG a beneficial post the one thing that stands out is even Albania are able to build a brand new stadium (even if behind schedule) costing £60m and a higher capacity than ourselves.

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4 hours ago, Floreat Ultonia said:

Cheers EG. Just got my phone to rehearse draw- we're in a group of 6 with Italy,  Ukraine, Hungary, Faroes and Andorra...

My "Dream Draw" features a combination of (a ) teams we haven't played before/recently; (b ) interesting places to visit where I've never been; (c ) beatable opponents; (d ) not too expensive.

Therefore I'd choose:

Pot 1: Croatia - though don't hold out much hope of winning, and visited there when it was part of Jugosaliva;

Pot 2: Ukraine - so long as the game doesn't get relocated to Poland or somewhere (or Ukraine doesn't get relocated to Russia :o);

Pot 4: Georgia, Montenegro or Lithuania - in that order;

Pot 5: Any of them basically, bar Luxy or Azer;

Pot 6: Andorra only

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22 minutes ago, omaghexile said:

... the one thing that stands out is even Albania are able to build a brand new stadium (even if behind schedule) costing £60m and a higher capacity than ourselves.

Agree completely, esp when you consider £60m in Albania probably equates to about £200m in this country.

Though by the time you take out the bribery, corruption and special interests etc, there's probably less than half of it going on actual concrete and steel.

(And I suppose the latter bit is not that unlike this country, at least where Stormont is involved)

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the campaign cards are supposed to be for 5 competitive matches

As there are only 5 teams in pot 6 there is a fair chance we could end up in a group of 5 teams then only 4 home matches?

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23 minutes ago, chopper1 said:

the campaign cards is supposed to be for 5 competitive matches

As there are only 5 teams in pot 6 there is a fair chance we could end up in a group of 5 teams then only 4 home matches?

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! :thumbsup:

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