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« on: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 11:34:02 »

Draw is this morning apparently, is this a legimate international tournament or series of glorified friendlies?

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« Reply #1 on: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 11:42:39 »

Draw is this morning apparently, is this a legimate international tournament or series of glorified friendlies?



A bit of both, really:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42719404
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« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 11:49:12 »

I'll be boycotting....
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« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 11:52:00 »

Anothing tournament that Scotland won't get past the first stages in Wink
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« Reply #4 on: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 11:54:13 »

Anothing tournament that Scotland won't get past the first stages in Wink

But they could get relegated.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 11:56:12 »

Could a nation like liechtenstein end up qualifying for the euros if they win their group thing?
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« Reply #6 on: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 11:57:13 »

But they could get relegated.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 11:58:58 »

Could a nation like liechtenstein end up qualifying for the euros if they win their group thing?

Apparently so. It says:

"Could you 'game' the system, then?

As you may have deduced from that video, the structure of the play-offs means that one nation from each tier will claim a finals place. So one of Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino or Gibraltar will qualify for a major tournament.

Likewise, Scotland are looking at League C and thinking that, as the third-highest ranked nation, they have a decent chance of winning their section against, say, Albania and Finland before emerging from the four-team knockout play-off against, perhaps, Hungary, Slovenia and Romania.

All that might raise the question, then, whether it could be in some nations' interests to strategically tumble down a tier with a couple of experimental team selections in the hope of securing a circuitous, but more forgiving, route to a major tournament.

It wouldn't be the first time that teams have shown some street smarts around fixture scheduling.

With friendlies hitherto only garnering 40% of the Fifa ranking points that competitive games do, some nations have fathomed that they are better not playing exhibition matches at all. That way, they protect their ranking and reap the benefit when it comes to qualification draws."
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« Reply #8 on: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 12:53:18 »

But they could get relegated.  Smiley

So could we after that draw!

Spain and Croatia
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« Reply #9 on: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 12:56:31 »

So could we after that draw!

Spain and Croatia

As will one from France, Germany and Netherlands.

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