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2018 World Cup qualification (UEFA)

Jaume
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Starts next Sunday, 4 September!

Group A:

Team First match
 Netherlands @ Sweden
 France @ Belarus
 Sweden vs Netherlands
 Bulgaria vs Luxembourg
 Belarus vs France
 Luxembourg @ Bulgaria

Group B and Group C:

Team First match ... Group C Team First match
 Portugal @ Switzerland  Germany @ Norway
 Switzerland vs Portugal  Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland
 Hungary @ Faroe Islands  Northern Ireland @ Czech Republic
 Faroe Islands vs Hungary  Norway vs Germany
 Latvia @ Andorra  Azerbaijan @ San Marino
 Andorra vs Latvia  San Marino vs Azerbaijan

Group D and Group E:

Team First match ... Group E Team First match
 Georgia vs Austria  Romania vs Montenegro
 Wales vs Moldova  Denmark vs Armenia
 Austria @ Georgia  Poland @ Kazakhstan
 Serbia vs Rep. of Ireland  Montenegro @ Romania
 Rep. of Ireland @ Serbia  Armenia @ Denmark
 Moldova @ Wales  Kazakhstan vs Poland

Group F and Group G:


Team First match ...

Group G Team

First match
 England @ Slovakia  Spain vs Liechtenstein
 Slovakia vs England  Italy @ Israel
 Scotland @ Malta  Albania vs Macedonia
 Slovenia @ Lithuania  Israel vs Italy
 Lithuania vs Slovenia  Macedonia @ Albania
 Malta vs Scotland  Liechtenstein @ Spain

Group H and Group I:

Team First match ... Group I Team First match
 Belgium @ Cyprus  Croatia vs Turkey
 Bosnia &H vs Estonia  Iceland @ Ukraine
 Greece @ Gibraltar  Ukraine vs Iceland
 Estonia @ Bosnia &H  Turkey @ Croatia
 Cyprus  vs Belgium  Finland vs Kosovo
 Gibraltar vs Greece  Kosovo @ Finland
Edited by Jaume August 28, 2016 15:58
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Group G looks interesting, who will place first between Spain and Italy? Probably Italy as Spain are on the downturn.

Group E is a joke with Romania being placed in the first pot for the draws. Easy qualification there for Poland.

Kosovo make their international debut and Gibraltar make their debut in a FIFA competition. How will Kosovo go in their maiden competition? Will Januzaj declare for Kosovo?

And I can see England dropping points in an away match in Scotland. That should be fun to watch.

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Danny Blind sacked as Dutch coach: Netherlands are fourth in group with only seven points from five games; an abysmal situation, especially in a tough group with opponents like France & Sweden...

"Self-defence is an art I cultivate"

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Andorra pick up their first WCQ win in 13 years whilst only completing 44 passes!

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Well that was a rather dramatic finish to the Scotland vs England game. Northern Ireland also pick up an injury time winner to help their chances of qualifying.

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RR wrote:

Well that was a rather dramatic finish to the Scotland vs England game. Northern Ireland also pick up an injury time winner to help their chances of qualifying.

Average game at best until the last 5 crazy minutes! Why countries schedule world cup qualifiers in June is beyond me: after a long hard season the players are flat(as Platini once said "British players are lions in October but lambs in May"...or something like that). Anyway, the jocks scored two cracking free kicks, after barely mustering a chance in the preceding 80 minutes and Harry Kane scored with a neat finish at the death. Biggest talking point for me is Joe Hart(again!): he doesn't inspire much confidence in supporters; always seems like a mistake is imminent: not a good sign. Time for Butland IMO. Ludicrously, England now play a friendly v France before toddling off to the beach...

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Didn't manage to catch the game, but what do you suggest Hart could have done about those free kicks? Or were there other dodgy moments in the game that didn't prove costly?

I do agree it's time for a change though. How many times did he weakly palm one in at the Euros?

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ajc28 wrote:

Didn't manage to catch the game, but what do you suggest Hart could have done about those free kicks? Or were there other dodgy moments in the game that didn't prove costly?

I do agree it's time for a change though. How many times did he weakly palm one in at the Euros?

Apart from the free kicks Hart was adequate: they were two excellent strikes by Griffiths, but I thought Hart might have at least got a hand on either of them. As it was,he was easily beaten, despite both goals(I think, but defo the first one) not being pinged into the far corner.Interestingly, the guy on the BBC football page marked Hart 4/10, which I thought was a little harsh, but obviously he has the same kind of reservations.My problem with Hart is that he's just never kicked on; he still seems only one moment away from making a clanger, and I believe his defenders are aware of his fallibility and this lack of control transmits itself across the backline. If you hark back to guys like Banks, Shilton & Seaman(except his last couple of games!), they always exuded a calm authority: Hart doesn't IMO...I would be happy for Butland or Forster to be given a go: What kind of signal does it send to them otherwise, if Hart gets picked irrespective of his actual performance...

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This coming Friday September 1 on TV:

Morning 6.35 am: France vs. Netherlands World Cup qualifier ESPN 2

Mid-day: South American qualifying beIN 2

Afternoon: South American qualifying beIN 2

Evening 7 pm: All Whites vs. Solomons 1st leg qualifier Sky Sport 3

(2nd leg: Tuesday 5th 7.30 pm Sky Sport 4)

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: live European and South American qualifying beIN 2 and ESPN 2

Big Pete 65, Christchurch

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Belgium became the first European team to qualify yesterday. No-one else has managed to qualify with two games to go, but Germany and England are very close.

Three more groups play tomorrow. The October window will be absolute carnage, with most groups still having 3-4 teams who are alive either for direct qualification or the play-offs. Will be good watching.

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Despite their win over Belarus this morning, the Dutch are virtually eliminated from qualifying. Even if they beat Sweden in their final game, their GD is markedly inferior to the Swedes. Whole qualifying competition has been disastrous for them...

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Scotland eliminated. 

Germany, Poland and England through. Croatia and Serbia threw away big chances. 

Wales v Eire should be good. Iceland could qualify direct and Nth Ireland maybe playoffs. Well done small countries. 

E's Flat Ah's Flat Too

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foal30 wrote:

Scotland eliminated. 

Germany, Poland and England through. Croatia and Serbia threw away big chances. 

Wales v Eire should be good. Iceland could qualify direct and Nth Ireland maybe playoffs. Well done small countries. 

Northern Ireland have already qualified for the play offs.

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Leggy wrote:

foal30 wrote:

Scotland eliminated. 

Germany, Poland and England through. Croatia and Serbia threw away big chances. 

Wales v Eire should be good. Iceland could qualify direct and Nth Ireland maybe playoffs. Well done small countries. 

Northern Ireland have already qualified.

Wrong.

Three for me, and two for them.

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Buffon II wrote:

Leggy wrote:

foal30 wrote:

Scotland eliminated. 

Germany, Poland and England through. Croatia and Serbia threw away big chances. 

Wales v Eire should be good. Iceland could qualify direct and Nth Ireland maybe playoffs. Well done small countries. 

Northern Ireland have already qualified.

Wrong.

Northern Ireland have already qualified for the playoffs

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Buffon II wrote:

Leggy wrote:

foal30 wrote:

Scotland eliminated. 

Germany, Poland and England through. Croatia and Serbia threw away big chances. 

Wales v Eire should be good. Iceland could qualify direct and Nth Ireland maybe playoffs. Well done small countries. 

Northern Ireland have already qualified.

Wrong.

nah they have along with Italy and Denmark

http://thejourneyfan.blogspot.co.nz/

New Zealand Football Media Association Website of the year 2015 & 2016

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I thought he was saying they had qualified for the World Cup tbf.

Three for me, and two for them.

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Iceland becomes the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup after a 2-0 win over Kosovo. Serbia joined them after a 1-0 win over Georgia.

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Brilliant work from Iceland. Following up on their successful Euro campaign last year too. Well deserved.

Three for me, and two for them.

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Iceland becomes the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup after a 2-0 win over Kosovo. Serbia joined them after a 1-0 win over Georgia.

I was sort of hoping for Serbia v Croatia playoff

E's Flat Ah's Flat Too

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