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EURO 2008 QUALIFICATION

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Exactly. Never should have been Mclaren.
Thinking about the match in a less pis*** off state now, it was plainly obvious that we thought we'd won just by turning up. That's why there was no urgency or energy until about the 85th minute when we suddenly realised we actually needed to play and score in order to win.
A win here and then a draw in Croatia would have left us sitting pretty nicely. Now an extremely difficult win away in Croatia is necessary. This week should have been 4 points from 6 without too much trouble. Now it's looking like it will be 1 from 6.

Just to clarify something if anyone knows for sure. 2nd goes into a playoff right? But best 2nd place gets in automatically? That's the way it's always been but then ESPN commentary today mentioned 2nd getting in automatically which surely can't be true. ESPN don't have a lot of credibility tbh. Anyone know for sure? Have the rules changed this time perhaps? Or are ESPN wrong again?


yup, two from each group qualify automatically. Would seem kind of unfair if Scotland had to battle it out with both World Cup finalists for only one place...
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Really?
Why the change? It's always been 1 gets in and the 2nd places go into a playoff? Any idea why the change of system?
Have they scrapped the playoffs then?
[ Last edit by invisibleman18 October 08, 2006, 11:53 AM ] IP Logged
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I have no idea why they changed it. But thank you FIFA for that rule change.   pray
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Would be UEFA though wouldn't it?
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Nope I don't know why they changed it either, but if you look at the tables you'll notice there are 7 groups (so 14 teams going through) and Austria and Switzerland going through as hosts.

16 teams qualify into 4 groups of 4 for the final championships as usual.
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Ah I see. So I guess they have decreased the number of groups and made the groups bigger.
Interesting.
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Nope I don't know why they changed it either, but if you look at the tables you'll notice there are 7 groups (so 14 teams going through) and Austria and Switzerland going through as hosts.

16 teams qualify into 4 groups of 4 for the final championships as usual.

Thanks for clarifying that Spud. goodjob
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Yeah thanks.
Phew, guess this week won't be total disaster for us then.
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i hope the players aren't afraid to tell mclaren that they need to be moved to different positions and that certain people need to be OFF the pitch....
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Rank      Country
2        France
4        England
16      Denmark
34      Scotland
42      Slovakia
43      Republic of Ireland
51      FYR Macedonia
58      Northern Ireland
62      Wales
103     Cyprus


The FIFA world ranking for the home nations and their opponents for yesterdays games.
[ Last edit by AL1874 October 08, 2006, 01:42 PM ] IP Logged
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So when are the new rankings published? Smile
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18th October 2006
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England hardly deserve to be 4th! The fifa rankings are a bit of a joke tbh.
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yea.... usa was like 7th for the world cup... but CONCACAF is a joke.....
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I would assess Scotland's chances of qualification after Wednesday's game in Ukraine. If we take a point- then I think the players will have the belief to secure second (I don't think we can pip France to top spot)
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