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The draw will be made on January 25, in 5 days.

Here are the seeds for the draw:

Top seeds: France, Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Italy, Belgium, Turkey

Second seeds: Russia, Croatia, Denmark, Holland, Yugoslavia, Poland, England, Slovenia, Ukraine, Scotland

Third seeds: Austria, Norway, Slovakia, Israel, Switzerland, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Hungary

Fourth seeds: Cyprus, Bosnia, Belarus, Wales, Estonia, Latvia, Northern Ireland, Georgia, Macedonia, Lithuania

Fifth seeds: Armenia, Moldova, Albania, Faroe Islands, Azerbaijan, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Malta, Luxembourg, Andorra


What do u guys think about your chances? What group would you like Israel to be in?
 

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Is it just me or Israel does appear twice in the draw? ;) seriously though, as long as we don't get Holland or England it's fine with me. the ideal group would probably be:

1. Belgium\ Turkey\ Romania\ Ireland
2. Slovenia\ Poland
3. Israel
4. Latvia
5.Anyone,(would like to avoid only Albania and the Faroe Islands)


PS: IMO, some of the top seeded teams shouldn't be ranked so high. i know it's based on the performances during the Euro and WC qualifiers, but Belgium and Ire being first with England, Yugoslavia, Holland and Denmark 2nd doesn't seem right to me. heck, i can see more dangerous teams in the 2nd pot than in the first one.
 

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Sorry, Although written to [The National team is back to action]...
My hope is...
1st seed:Romania
2nd seed:Scotland
4th seed:Estonia
5th seed:San Marino

The most worst combination...
1st:France or Spain(Tired of Spain.:D )
2nd:Netherlands or England
4th:Bosnia or Wales or Georgia and Cyprus!(It cannot win in away.)
5th:Albania or Faroe or Moldova
 

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From http://www.uefa.com/competitions/EURO2004/news/Kind=1/newsId=12228.html

France top seeds for EURO 2004™
Saturday 19 January 2002
France, the world and European champions, will be the top seeds among 50 nations to go into the hat for the draw for the EURO 2004™ qualifying round at the Europarque Congress Centre in Santa Maria da Feira, Porto on 25 January 2002.

Seeding system
The teams entering the qualifying competition draw will be seeded according to the national associations’ coefficient list, calculated on the basis of results achieved in the qualifying competitions for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the EURO 2000™.

Qualifying results
The coefficients are determined by dividing the total number of points obtained in the qualifying competitions of these two tournaments by the number of matches played. For Belgium and the Netherlands, who did not participate in the qualifying competition for EURO 2000™, only the qualifying matches for the 2002 World Cup will be considered.

Ten groups of five
The teams will be divided into ten groups of five teams each. The winners of each group will qualify directly for the final round in Portugal in 2004, while the ten group runners-up will compete in home-and-away play-off matches to determine the remaining five qualifiers.

Portugal hosts
The top ten seeds feature France, who as title holders are seeded first, followed by Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Italy, Belgium and Turkey. Portugal, as hosts, qualify automatically. The precise draw procedure will be decided by the UEFA National Teams Committee at its meeting in January.

Match dates
A total of 12 dates have been reserved for the qualifying matches in accordance with the international match calendar on which the national associations will have to stage their eight qualifying matches: 7/8 September 2002, 12/13 October 2002, 15/16 October 2002, 29/30 March 2003, 1/2 April 2003, 7/8 June 2003, 10/11 June 2003, 6/7 September 2003, 9/10 September 2003, 11/12 October 2003. The dates for the play-off matches have been set on 15/16 November 2003 and 18/19 November 2003.


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Just to add: the teams i would like to avoid are the Scandinavian countries (Sweden and Denmark) and Ukraine. Scotland is also 2nd seeded, wouldn't mind playing them at all. ;)
 

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I have seen them both playing in the last years and they are no pushovers. Faroe tied Slovenia in the last campaign, and managed to draw with Scotland in the Euro 2000 Qualies, while Albania made it very hard for England, twice. (3:1 away when Albania had a legitimate goal disallowed in the final minutes, and 2:0 home with England can't break the deadlock for an hour).
 

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King Italy said:
Does anyone know what time the draw is GMT or CET?

11:00 GMT i believe, and Channel 1 will air it live in Israel:)
 

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Who will be in Israel's European Group For now until 2006!??!?!!??

Does anyone know who is going to be named or have any predictions to who will in the same group as Israel for Euro 2004....and World Cup 2006?!?!?!??!

Do you think it can be perhaps italy??:( or even romania???


who???

Maybe even albania?? :


Greece -
Portugal -
Poland -
Austria -
Hungary -
Jamaica -
Cuba -
 

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:rolleyes:


Yoav, check your ICQ, i have left a message....and really, just stop with it and try not to open new threads to already being discussed topics.

Danke. :)


PS: We can't possibly play Cuba, it's Euro and Cuba were located in the other side of the globe last time i checked.
 

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Anyone but Denmark, says Richard Nielsen / www.haaretzdaily.com

National team coach leaves today for Portugal ahead of European Championships qualifying draw

By Asher Goldberg

Israel's national soccer team coach, Richard Nielsen, leaves for Opporto, Portugal today, where he will attend the draw for the qualifying tournament of the 2004 European Championships. Nielsen is to be accompanied by Israel Football Association chairman, Gavri Levy, and deputy chairman, Gidon Brickman.

Nielsen, who yesterday took charge of Israel's first training session since the national team failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, said there is one nation he hopes to avoid in the course of the 14-month qualifying tournament - his home country, Denmark.

"I would be most upset if Israel and Denmark were drawn into the same qualifying group," said Nielsen. "Any other team would be better for me!"

Among the seeded teams, Nielsen said he would be happy to face Russia in the qualifying rounds.

"We have some experience of Russian teams, mainly thanks to Hapoel Tel Aviv, which twice beat Lokomotiv Moscow," he said.

National team players held their first training session with eight new recruits, and without Tal Banin and Amir Shelah, yesterday. The eight debutants are Tal Ben-Haim, Uri Ouzan, Yossi Rosen, Guy Tzarfati, Shay Holtzman, Assi Domb, Elyaniv Barda and Moshe Sabag.

"This squad is just for the training," said Nielsen. "I want to see how the combination of youth and experience works. I will be making changes to this squad, perhaps as early as next week. The window of opportunity is open for everybody. There is a good chance, for example, that Shavit Elimelech will be called into the squad. For the moment, I've decided to go with [Dudu] Awat and Liran Strauber."

Yesterday's training session was relatively relaxed. Nielsen appeared keen not to apply too much pressure on his players, most of whom had played in league play on Monday and in the Toto Cup the following day. In a match between two teams of players, Avi Nimni and Holtzman both scored impressive goals in a 2-0 victory.

Asked about Banin's future on the national team, Nielsen defended his decision to drop the Israeli captain.

"What I did was right," he said. "Tal himself has no complaints about the way I acted."

Nielsen also answered questions about the identity of Israel's next captain who will replace Banin. "In Israel, who wears the captain's arm band is important," he said. "In other countries, it's much more an honorary thing, but here it's so important. Just like in war, the captain is the army's standard-bearer. Believe me, Israel will have a captain for the game against Germany."

Bitter memories

Nielsen also talked about his feelings after an injury-time equalizer from Andi Herzog gave Austria a 1-1 draw and prevented Israel from qualifying for the World Cup playoffs.

"I'll never forget that goal and the disappointment that everyone felt," he said. "Being a national team coach is different from coaching a club side. A club side can go out the next week and put right last week's mistakes. We don't have that luxury because international matches are a rarity.

"I deeply regret the way in which the 2002 qualifying campaign ended, especially for the fans who supported me and my team throughout."
 

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Raanan said:
:rolleyes:


Yoav, check your ICQ, i have left a message....and really, just stop with it and try not to open new threads to already being discussed topics.

Danke. :)


PS: We can't possibly play Cuba, it's Euro and Cuba were located in the other side of the globe last time i checked.
When did I last open a new thread?
 

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I was referring to the other Yoav, Yoav. ;) there's two of them here.

:)

Seedings ahead of tomorrow's qualifying tournament draw for the 2004 European soccer championship finals in Portugal: POT A-1. France (reigning champions) 2. Sweden 3. Spain 4. Czech Republic 5. Germany 6. Ireland 7. Romania 8. Italy 9. Belgium 10. Turkey; POT B-11. Russia 12. Croata 13. Denmark 14. Netherlands 15. Yugoslavia 16. Poland 17. England 18. Slovenia 19. Ukraine 20. Scotland; POT C-21. Austria 22. Norway 23. Slovakia 24.Israel 25. Switzerland 26. Iceland 27. Bulgaria 28. Finland 29. Greece 30. Hungary; POT D-31. Cyprus 32. Bosnia 33. Belarus 34. Wales 35. Estonia 36. Latvia 37. Northern Ireland 38. Georgia 39. Macedonia 40. Lithuania; POT E-41. Armenia 42. Moldova 43. Albania 44. Faroe Islands 45. Azerbaijan 46. Liechtenstein 47. San Marino 48. Malta 49. Luxembourg 50. Andorra.

Source: www.jpost.com

So we're being ranked 24th in Europe....not bad at all i'd say, our realistic ranking too i guess.
 

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Master? Dream on

;)

And no way Denmark, i really don't want to play them although it would be a nice opportunity to revenge and regain some lost pride. Belgium would be very nice to have in our group though. :)
 

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I want Denmark for one purpose: revenge, revenge and more REVENGE (as long as we play there in the summer).
Remember this time we have one big advantage we didn't have back then, and that's Richard Nielsen.
 

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True that, if anyone knows Denmark then it's him, but as the article i've pasted says, even Ricardo says he wants to avoid them..... :scared:
 
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