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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old October 24th, 2009, 20:49 Thread Starter
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If not for our Group 2, which group would Israel succeed in?

So we didnt quite succeed well in the Group 2 which was coined termed the easiest WC 2010 qualification in Europe. But there were other groups which were not as bad.

Any groups you think that Israel could have done well in?

I'd say Group 9.
Although Netherlands clinched it, our ability to create anything and our points structure would have definitely been a success factor for Israel since Norway made 2nd with only 10points!!?!?! (2 win, 4 ties, 2 losses)

Netherlands won each and every game, but gave up a few goals and could have been held at a tie. Iceland, Scotland and Macedonia were also in the group and the biggest threat would be Scotland...though i dont know how good Israel would have been if they had played them.

I also think about Group 3
Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, San Marino, Norther Ireland and Poland.

Although I am not a big fan of the group, the end result made me want to comment on it.

Slovakia clinched it while Slovenia made it to second. A big shocker was Czech Republic, Northern Ireland and Poland. Northern Ireland tested Israel in a friendly and they gave us a challange. Poland, who used to be good, especially in the last few years and even back in the 80's and 60's proved that 2nd last place is good for them while Czech Republic struggled as well.

Slovenia is a small country and they have a chance to make it to their 2nd world cup in less than 10 years which is really impressive. But it was an easy group regardless...

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old October 26th, 2009, 20:34
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Maybe in group 9 we would have a good chance to clinch a playoff berth even though all games would be tricky. I would add Group 3 in the same description aswell.

But honestly we had all the chances of qualifying, our group was beatable and plus Greece and Switzerland weren´t playing nothing special.
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