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The Euro 2016 qualifiers thread

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Let's refresh everyone's memories with where we stand in the groups, who may join, the surprise package, the usual suspects et al.

Group A
A surprising one. Czech Republic have won 4 from 4 while Iceland won all their games except for a defeat in Prague. More commendable, both sides have beaten Holland who don't look to go anywhere these days. They're 3rd with 2 wins and 2 defeats from 4 games.
No great opposition next weekend. The afore mentioned top 3 will face the bottom 3: Turkey, Latvia and Kazakhstan.

Group B
Another group where the favourites haven't started great. Belgium could only manage a win and 2 draws from their opening 3 games. Israel benefitted from that with 3 wins in as many games. Wales are also doing well with 8 points from 12. Both sides square up on Saturday. Winner will take a serious option to qualify halfway through the qualifiers.
One thing that needs to be clarify is the complete and utter destruction of Bosnia. How a team with that much quality only achieve 2 points from 4 games? Thankfully, they play in Andorra.

Group C
4 wins from 4 for Slovakia who lead the group. Big game in Spain as they host Ukraine with both sides on 9 points. The top 3 should be these sides. There's already a 6-pt gap between 3rd and 4th.

Group D
The most exciting group by far. Germany have had trouble coping with their world champion status with defeat in Poland and a score draw at home to Ireland. They travel to Georgia which should brings them points on the table.
The big game will be in Ireland as they host table-toppers Poland.

Group E
Most boring group? England are already 6 points clear at the top with a 100% record which should continue to the 5th game as they host Lithuania. In other news, Switzerland host Estonia and paint dries.

Group F
Greece need to win their games to avoid a shameful failure to qualify for the Euros. The last game was at home to the Faeroes which they lost at home 0-1. Can they get back on track under their new manager in Hungary?
Romania top the table with 10 points from 12 while Northern Ireland are just behind with 9 points. NI host Finland.

Group G
Not a bad group this. Austria top the table are looking at making it to their first international competition since France 98. Sweden are 2nd and Russia are 3rd. No juicy fixtures this time around.

Group H
Italy share top spot with Croatia as they cancelled each other out last time out. Norway are just a point behind with 3 wins from 4. They travel to Croatia hoping they'll be able to get into the top 2.

Group I
The only 5-nation group of the qualifiers. Denmark and Portugal should seal the top 2 without too much trouble. Albania could clinch 3rd spot in front of Serbia and Armenia.
 

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Montenegro's match with Russia has been suspended after a flare thrown by a Montenegrin fan knocked out the Russian keeper Akinfeev.
 

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Ibrahimovic has scored against Moldova in a very bizarre way. The Moldovan keeper threw the ball as Ibra was running back, he misdirected the throw and it ended up hitting the back of Ibra's head and rolled into the net. It's the only goal of the game so far.
 

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Abandoned.

Abondoned for no reason players had a scuffle why abondon it. Cos the refs fucking shit scared of the hostile atmosphere, fucking pathetic. Of what iv seen so far id love to see his reason
 

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If your the referee You dont abandon games for players having minor scuffles you referee them you dickhead of a ref
 

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Abondoned for no reason players had a scuffle why abondon it. Cos the refs fucking shit scared of the hostile atmosphere, fucking pathetic. Of what iv seen so far id love to see his reason

Agreed.Surely it must have been abandoned for something else.A slight scuffle is not a valid reason to abandon the game.
 

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Agreed.Surely it must have been abandoned for something else.A slight scuffle is not a valid reason to abandon the game.

Nothing else was happening of what i can see nothing was thrown. The ref was on his way off cos the players started scuffling.
 

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Not happy with James Collins being picked. He should be ignored from all squads considering the amount of times he's cried off with fake injuries.
 

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He's also a useless sack of ginger shite. He'll get himself recklessly sent off now probably.
 

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1-0 to Wales at the moment, this will be a cracking result for Wales if they pull it off, Israel are probably their most likely rivals assuming that Belgium will top the group.
 

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Fucking brilliant Bale, he's destroyed them inside a minute.
 

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3-0, brilliant. Starting to believe we are actually going to qualify for something, never thought I'd see it in my lifetime.
 

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Christ I wish Bale and Ramsey were English. They've ruined Israel today.
 

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Christ I wish Bale and Ramsey were English. They've ruined Israel today.

No doubt Bale would be shoved wide left where he isn't as involved in the play..............

If they were English, you'd have to line up Bale behind Rooney. Sorry Sturridge, Kane and co.
 

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This 5-3-2 formation is brilliant, set up purely to build the side around Bale.
 

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Why the hell are Wales in Israel anyway? What have they got to do with Europe?
 

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Political reasons. Israel does not have diplomatic relations with many Asian countries.
 

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Fellaini goal.
 

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Italy and the Netherlands both losing.

Certainly not having things their way.
 

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Political reasons. Israel does not have diplomatic relations with many Asian countries.
Ah ok, it just seems strange thats all. Turkey play in the Euro's as well, but they are half European and half Asian anyway I believe so I suppose that works.
 

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Ah ok, it just seems strange thats all. Turkey play in the Euro's as well, but they are half European and half Asian anyway I believe so I suppose that works.
Plenty of other non-European teams are in it. Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia to name a few.
 

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Georgia and Armenia are geographically in Europe but Kazakhstan is bizarre as it borders China.
 

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Ah ok, it just seems strange thats all. Turkey play in the Euro's as well, but they are half European and half Asian anyway I believe so I suppose that works.
they are for 3% a part of europe.

Georgia and Armenia are geographically in Europe but Kazakhstan is bizarre as it borders China.

Kazakhstan is partly european, more as turkey (see above)
 

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Gonna book June '16 off tomorrow, tour de france.
 

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Really enjoyed watching Wales this evening, more so than I have done England for a while actually - although I enjoyed Kane last night and his goal.

Netherlands also very lucky tonight, so poor for so long against Turkey. They'll do well to make the top 2 in their group.
 

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