Other European Euro 2020 finals draw

tonyw

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The new Euro qualifying method, with the Nations league wrapped in, makes the draw fiendishly complex. As a proper football statto - I love it!

What Sarge's graphic doesn't show is that if Romania qualify, they actually end up playing in Group C (because they're one of the hosts of that group), and the poor Nations League group D minnows (Kosovo/Macedonia/Belarus/Georgia) get flipped to Group F and will get the pleasure of facing Germany, France & Portugal in the group stage!

One final comment - when we were previously discussing the odd structure of the tourney - I said this - However whichever poor sods end up Runners Up in Group A, will have a 'fun' combo of having to play in Rome & Baku in the Groups Stages, followed by Amsterdam, followed by heading back to Baku!

Well, turns out - if all goes well for them - that could be Wales!
 

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The new Euro qualifying method, with the Nations league wrapped in, makes the draw fiendishly complex. As a proper football statto - I love it!

What Sarge's graphic doesn't show is that if Romania qualify, they actually end up playing in Group C (because they're one of the hosts of that group), and the poor Nations League group D minnows (Kosovo/Macedonia/Belarus/Georgia) get flipped to Group F and will get the pleasure of facing Germany, France & Portugal in the group stage!

One final comment - when we were previously discussing the odd structure of the tourney - I said this - However whichever poor sods end up Runners Up in Group A, will have a 'fun' combo of having to play in Rome & Baku in the Groups Stages, followed by Amsterdam, followed by heading back to Baku!

Well, turns out - if all goes well for them - that could be Wales!
I dunno, given the slim chance of surviving any Euro group anyway wouldn't you absolutely love taking on Germany, France and Portugal with anything a bonus?
 

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I dunno, given the slim chance of surviving any Euro group anyway wouldn't you absolutely love taking on Germany, France and Portugal with anything a bonus?
It's not that slim, though.

Top two plus four best losers going through means that one group stage win may be enough (it was for Northern Ireland in 2016 - meanwhile Portugal didn't win a single group game.....three draws....and ended up winning the fricking tournament!)

A team like Kosovo, on a really good day, could beat an opponent like Austria, and maybe get a point against the Ukraine (two of the potential Group C opponents). Do that and then could reach the knockouts, and then they really could go home heroes.


As another aside - although these things obviously never go to form.....if they did, England have a bloody difficult route through the knockouts if they win their group! First up - second place team in Group F i.e. one of Portugal/Germany/France. Then winners of Group E in the quarters (likely Spain).
 

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