Internationals June (Euro Qualifiers + Nations League Finals)

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  1. Jun 12, 2019

    Classical Mechanic Full Member

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    But most of the top sides will qualify anyway so the playoff places are passed on down the leagues to the weaker nations.
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    do.ob Full Member

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    Thanks for clearing that up.
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    AshRK Full Member

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    This playoff stuff is very confusing. So being in league A is not a good thing then because you have to face tougher opposition and if you are in play offs from path A you get to play tougher opposition. Very confusing.
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    ctp Full Member

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    It depends. If you're the only league A team missing out, you should have it pretty easy. Otherwise it's harder.
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    Peyroteo Professional Ronaldo PR Guy

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    It's actually tougher to qualify for the top teams now than it was for 2016. In 2016 if they got third there was a ranked playoff where the top ranked teams would play the bottom ranked teams. Now if they don't finish top 2, they're out unless they finish first in the Nations League group. And even with the Nations League playoff insurance, the top ranked teams will have to play two different top ranked teams in the playoffs while the bottom ranked teams play eachother.

    To clarify, as of now:

    If Kosovo don't finish top 2 in their groups, they'll have a playoff tournament with Macedonia, Georgia and Belarus where only 1 makes it through.

    If Holland doesn't finish top 2 in their groups, they'll have a playoff tournament with Portugal, Croatia and Switzerland where only 1 makes it through.
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    FlawlessThaw most 'know it all' poster

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    So we still have a situation where one of Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia or Belarus make it to 2020?
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    AshRK Full Member

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    And that is very strange.
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    AshRK Full Member

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    But they still would have to face a top team to qualify, right?
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    Samid follows Pogue around, fixing his images

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    Yup at least one of those is guaranteed to make it.
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    Peyroteo Professional Ronaldo PR Guy

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    Very.

    One of Kosovo, Macedonia, Belarus and Georgia will make it to the Euros while we're guaranteed that better teams will miss out on qualification purely because of the format.
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    RobinLFC Cries when Liverpool doesn't get praised

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    Kosovo is on a 14 game unbeaten run, or so I read last night at least. Don't know the opponents but it stretched back to November 2017 or something like that, quite impressive.
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    ctp Full Member

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    I'll do a mock-up with the Dutchies missing out (:lol:):
    Qualified teams: England, Czechs (A); Portugal, Ukraine (B); Germany, N Ireland (C); Swiss, Ireland (D); Croatia, Hungary (E); Spain, Sweden (F); Poland, Austria (G); France, Turkey (H); Belgium, Russia (I); Italy, Finland (J)

    League D playoffs: Georgia, N Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus (all group winners)
    League C playoffs: Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Bulgaria (3 group winners, 1 runner-up)
    League B playoffs: Bosnia, Denmark, Wales, Slovakia (2 group winners, 1 runner-up, 1 third place)
    League A playoffs: Holland, Iceland, Israel, Romania (1 group winner, 1 third place, 2 league C teams)
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    AshRK Full Member

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    Higher you are ranked, higher the chances you would not qualify. Never ever seen such format.
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    Peyroteo Professional Ronaldo PR Guy

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    Wouldn't Bosnia and Denmark be the ones in League A playoffs while Israel and Romania would be in League B playoffs?
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    ctp Full Member

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    A higher rank gives you better seeding for the normal qualifiers though. It's only easier for a couple of spots from league C and D.
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    ctp Full Member

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    No.
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    AshRK Full Member

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    But why not the same case in playoffs. So if both Dutch and Croatia miss out on automatic qualifying route, they would have to compete against each other for one spot but if you are Belarus and Georgia you still have another chance to qualify by facing lower ranked side. This is getting even more weird considering I am starting to understand it now.
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    ctp Full Member

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    I think the explicit purpose is to give a minnow a taste of the Euros they otherwise wouldn't get. And the league D team will probably be the only real outlier, so it's not that big a deal.
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    Samid follows Pogue around, fixing his images

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    'As of now' isn't really relevant at the moment because a lot of those are several games behind because of the NL finals.

    Most of the bolded teams will make it through the normal route. Holland just need 9 points from Belarus/2xEstonia and 4 points from Northern Ireland.
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    AshRK Full Member

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    That's all good but it should also be logical which is completely lacking with this. Ok Let us not even discuss about the top teams. Let us talk about teams from Path C who are last ranked in that path. SO a Slovenia or Lithuania have less chance of competing in playoffs than say Luxembourg and Armenia even though the former are ranked 38/39 respectively, higher than latter. So how is it fair on Lithuania who are also a minnow. Maybe next time countries should be careful of not being ranked 38 or 39 and try to play more crap so that they can be in path D.
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    Samid follows Pogue around, fixing his images

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    It's not like those leagues are permanent. Lithuania got relegated to league D so they'll be in the minnow league for the next qualifiers.
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    AshRK Full Member

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    That's awesome for them then. It's better to be relegated and be in league D than be last in League C.
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    André Dominguez Full Member

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    UEFA got themselves into this mess by changing the rules. Direct qualifying (as promised) would be more fair and it would guarantee that all teams would give 100% in the Nation's League. Changing to a playoff spot will demotivate top teams to take the competition less seriously. For second tier teams like Portugal and Holland is still a decent prize since it's not that unusual for us to fail qualification.
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    SCP Full Member

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    Not that I disagree with that, but last time we missed a competition was France 98. Now if we lose on Serbia I am starting to believe we’re going to need a playoff. Hope not.
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    André Dominguez Full Member

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    True, but a some of those qualifyings were through playoffs and there were a lot of last games maths involved.
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    Do Northern Ireland have any hope of play offs if they finish 3rd? What about Wales? Understanding nations league general format took me about six months to work out so feck trying to understand all this "passing down" play off spots. :lol:
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    André Dominguez Full Member

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    The passing down it's a poor decision IMHO. Teams like France, Germany, Spain, Italy and even England will not take this competition that seriously without that motivation. For those teams, a bad groups stage is a playoff spot. For teams like us, Holland, Croatia, etc a bad groups stage is to fail to qualify to playoffs.
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    Yes have to say that's another thing I don't get, teams like Scotland who won the individual groups get shot in play offs against reasonable simple oppositon (think they could play Bulgaria or Norway as it stands) yet the overall winners of competition don't get automatic spot and as you say get a way harder play off.
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    ctp Full Member

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    Yes. All league A and B teams that don't qualify are extremely likely to get a playoff spot. You'd need more than eight of those 24 teams to miss out for that not to be the case.
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    Peyroteo Professional Ronaldo PR Guy

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    It’s definitely an unfair system but those playoffs will turn out to be must-watch games.

    One-off matches for a place in the Euros between teams of similar quality, guaranteed drama.