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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old January 27th, 2006, 11:21 Thread Starter
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European Championship Qualifying Groups

The draw is happening right now, and of course all Nordic teams are taking part. Only the Faroe Islands have been drawn out so far, and they will be in group B (but that doesn't mean much yet).
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old January 27th, 2006, 11:25 Thread Starter
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Finland in group A with Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan, The Faroe Islands in group B with Lithuania and Georgia, and Iceland in group F with Northern Ireland and Liechtenstein.
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Belgium in group A with Finland, Scotland in Group B with the Faroe Islands, and Latvia in group F with Iceland.
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old January 27th, 2006, 11:29 Thread Starter
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Serbia-Montenegro in Group A with Finland, Ukraine in Group B with the Faroe Islands, and Denmark in group F with Iceland (see other teams above).

Norway in group C with Bosnia-Hercegovina, Hungary, Moldova and Malta.
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Poland in group A with Finland, Italy in group B with the Faroe Islands, Turkey in group C with Norway, and Spain in group F with Denmark and Iceland.
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Portugal in group A with Finland, France in group B with the Faroe Islands (tough group), Greece in group C with Norway, Sweden in group F with Denmark and Iceland (see other teams above). Group F is definetly the Nordic group.
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Group A : Portugal, Poland, Serbia & Montenegro, Belgium, Finland, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan

Group B : France, Italy, Ukraine, Scotland, Lithuania, Georgia, The Faroe Islands

Group C :Greece, Turkey, Norway, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Moldova, Malta

Group D : Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, Wales, Cyprus, San Marino

Group E : England, Croatia, Russia, Israel, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Andorra

Group F : Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Latvia, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Liechtenstein

Group G : Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Albania, Belarus, Luxembourg
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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old January 27th, 2006, 11:55
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Heh, we were very lucky in this draw. Might have a chance to qualify for once.
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we are in the group with the scandinavians like maniacs


good luck !!!
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Bosnia-Hercegovina and Hungary are some of the worst teams to get from seeding groups 4 and 5, but they're still teams we should have every capacity to beat. Turkey has a very strong team, but compared to f.ex. Italy, it's a much better choice. Obviously Greece was ranked higher than they normally would because of the EC win, so even if they might beat us, drawing them was fortunate. All in all it was a good draw for Norway, but we should also remember that none of the groups are easy, and all teams have strenghts and weaknesses. Teams with a big name aren't always as good as people make them out to be.
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Group A : Portugal, Poland, Serbia & Montenegro, Belgium, Finland, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan

Very tight group. The three bottom seeds are all likely to grab some points, unless Kazakhstan completely fails again. Finland has a chance (especially at second place), but will have eight difficult matches ahead of them, and six matches against bottom teams that it's important to keep focus against.

Group B : France, Italy, Ukraine, Scotland, Lithuania, Georgia, The Faroe Islands

The top seeds here are two of the favourites for the tournament, and Ukraine just defeated another tough group in the WC qualifying. Obviously The Faroe Islands need to focus on just getting anything out of this.

Group C :Greece, Turkey, Norway, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Moldova, Malta

Good draw for Norway, and a group the fourth and fifth seeds Bosnia-Hercegovina and Hungary can impress in. Still, three top seeds should not be underestimated. Turkey were very impressive in WC 2002, and seems to be in impressive form at the moment, Greece as we all know won EC 2004, and Norway has caused many upsets in the last 15 years, and seems to be on the right path under Ĺge Hareide.

Group D : Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, Wales, Cyprus, San Marino

Germany and Czech Republic will be equally big favourites in front of this qualifying group, while Slovakia will have to struggle to keep up their much improved status in football, especially against their former countrymen from the west. With another fantastic qualifying, Slovakia will once and for all be a truly respected football nation. The Republic of Ireland comes from a challenger position, and at their best they can also give a serious challenge to the teams above them.

Group E : England, Croatia, Russia, Israel, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Andorra

While England will be slight favourites here, both Croatia and Russia will give them some serious competition, while Israel is the outsider of this group. Like Slovakia, Israel would want to keep their much improved reputation. Perhaps this is the group they had dreamt about, definetly one of the better draws they could have gotten.

Group F : Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Latvia, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Liechtenstein

Fun draw for Iceland, but it leaves them with no chance of qualifying. The Sweden vs Denmark matches will be absolutely glorious. Two highly motivated Scandinavian teams in a passionate fight for first place, might put Spain in the middle of a very difficult situation. I think they might struggle to beat either of the Scandinavian teams. Unfortunately for Latvia, I think this group is a bit too strong for them.

Group G : Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Albania, Belarus, Luxembourg

I think the Netherlands will take home this group, but if that comes true, there will be a real fight for second place. Neighbours Romania and Bulgaria are always close to the top of their groups, while Slovenia at their best is a really tough nut to crack. Albania has improved over the last decade, and Belarus is by far the toughest team from seeding group six.
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The best group Finland's had as far as I can remember. Only one football giant which we can't finished ahead of. A clear chance of reaching the second spot. We have beaten all these teams (including Portugal) in recent 3-4 years...
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I have mixed emotions...
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The best group Finland's had as far as I can remember. Only one football giant which we can't finished ahead of. A clear chance of reaching the second spot. We have beaten all these teams (including Portugal) in recent 3-4 years...
Portugal is in no way, shape or form, a "footballing giant".


I pick Serbia and Montenegro and Poland to qualify from this group.
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post #15 of 21 (permalink) Old January 27th, 2006, 20:30
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Good draw for Norway - I demand Rushfeldt ending his career at Euro08 in Austria.

Tough luck for Denmark and Sweden, as I'd like both to qualify, but with Spain in their group that will be very difficult. Why didn't they draw Italy?

Finland has slight chances to qualify, however they could end up on 6th spot as well...
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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old January 27th, 2006, 21:19
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Group F

Group F should be an interesting group with 3 Nordic countries involved Iceland, Denmark and Sweden

Come on Iceland
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old January 28th, 2006, 07:16
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This is going to include some serious soulsearching...

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post #18 of 21 (permalink) Old January 28th, 2006, 11:27
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Sweden together with Spain go through.

Denmark might end up in top 2 but then again they won't

Iceland is a joke.
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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old January 29th, 2006, 12:12
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I pick Armenia and Poland to qualify from the group A

HEJA HEJA HEJ A
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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old January 29th, 2006, 13:10
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Denmark might end up in top 2 but then again they won't
Might?

You'll be very surprised at the new Danish NT for the 2008 qualification, you got my word on it.
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