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    I'd be hoping for the same except Romania for Greece. Couldn't begrudge Iceland really if they pulled it off as well.
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    I hate Romania and Greece. Greece are the lesser of two evils.

    I always begrudge the underdog. HON HRVATSKA!
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    I suspect your reason for hating Romania may not be football related! I have to say I've enjoyed watching the likes over Hagi, Raducioiu, Dumitrescu, Popescu, Petrescu, etc. over the years. I wouldn't know much about their current side though, other than West Ham and Spurs signing two of their defenders recently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeLorean View Post
    I suspect your reason for hating Romania may not be football related! I have to say I've enjoyed watching the likes over Hagi, Raducioiu, Dumitrescu, Popescu, Petrescu, etc. over the years. I wouldn't know much about their current side though, other than West Ham and Spurs signing two of their defenders recently.
    You suspect correctly.

    Well almost. I never really liked them for no particular reason. Suppose it's the same way I've never really liked Wales or Switzerland.
    But having lived with the most detestible human from October 2012-July 2013 who hailed from Iași, I can honestly the thoughts of him cheering on Romania next summer kill me.
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    Always had a soft-spot for Romania after Italia 90. They just remind me of good times.

    Likewise the Greeks went way up in my estimation after attending Greece vs Russia in Warsaw last Summer. They were loving it and it was great to see the Ruskies get turned over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwanVsDalton View Post
    Always had a soft-spot for Romania after Italia 90. They just remind me of good times.

    Likewise the Greeks went way up in my estimation after attending Greece vs Russia in Warsaw last Summer. They were loving it and it was great to see the Ruskies get turned over.
    So Russian roulette...

    Greece or Romania?
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    Greece.

    Though the musical was awful.

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    not sure if this is accurate or not but the germans rarely make mistakes in europe.

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    This was flagged a while ago. All part of UEFA's "week of Football" proposals.
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    Jesus they're pulling the ****.

    1 hosts (1)
    9 group winners & runners-up (18)
    1 best 3rd-place team (1)
    and then a playoff between the remaining 8 3rd-place teams (4)

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    [QUOTE=SwanVsDalton;1717515]Always had a soft-spot for Romania after Italia 90. They just remind me of good times.

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    I was in a taxi with a Romanian driver a few months ago. He was still ****ed off with Silvio Lung, the goalkeeper. Despite it being about 3am, when he reached my house we sat in the car for another five minutes talking football. Very nice fella.

    I would also be particularly appreciative of the talents of the Romanian actresses, Lucy Bell and Sandra Romain and........I've probably said too much about that.

    In short, the Romanians are an alright bunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingdom View Post
    Jesus they're pulling the ****.

    1 hosts (1)
    9 group winners & runners-up (18)
    1 best 3rd-place team (1)
    and then a playoff between the remaining 8 3rd-place teams (4)

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    Not being smart but what way did you expect them to come up with 24 teams?

    We wouldn't have even made a playoff if it was based on these qualifiers so we really shouldn't take anything for granted. Even the time under Kerr, when we had a reasonable campaign, we somehow managed to finish as low 4th. We must still finish in the top 2 really to be sure because a playoff will move than likely be 50/50ish.

    I like the idea of there being international matches on Thursday through to Tuesday to be honest. The lack of football is kind of boring under the current setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeLorean View Post
    I like the idea of there being international matches on Thursday through to Tuesday to be honest. The lack of football is kind of boring under the current setup.
    I'm in two minds about that. I agree with what you have there, and the idea of being able to watch, say, Spain v someone on a Thursday before going into Lansdowne on the Friday, but against that I do like seeing all the results coming through on the one day - starting off with the games in eastern Europe, working their way over to our own kick off and then getting back to the pub before Spain have started. Bit like 10 Premiership games against the current set-up really.

    But overall, I think it'll be for the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonnieShels View Post
    So Russian roulette...

    Greece or Romania?
    Greece, for the seeding alone. If Romania wern't affecting Ireland, I'd like to see the go through though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeLorean View Post
    I like the idea of there being international matches on Thursday through to Tuesday to be honest. The lack of football is kind of boring under the current setup.
    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    I'm in two minds about that. I agree with what you have there, and the idea of being able to watch, say, Spain v someone on a Thursday before going into Lansdowne on the Friday, but against that I do like seeing all the results coming through on the one day - starting off with the games in eastern Europe, working their way over to our own kick off and then getting back to the pub before Spain have started. Bit like 10 Premiership games against the current set-up really.

    But overall, I think it'll be for the better.
    A 'lack' of football?
    Hmm.

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    I thought DeLorean was making two different points
    Thursday to Tuesday football - good
    Current (Trap) setup - football is kind of boring.

    But rumours have it that Trap is already gone, no longer current.

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    We'll be second seeds for the draw then with Greece's 3-1 victory over Romania in the first leg of their play-off. Good stuff!

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    Find it hard to believe we are second seeds after our recent run of results!!
    Must be a pretty weird system to get an outcome like that!

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    I suppose the most pleasing thing was all the goals were quality goals.
    A lot of our previous goals seem to have been really ground out efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tricky_colour View Post
    Find it hard to believe we are second seeds after our recent run of results!!
    Must be a pretty weird system to get an outcome like that!
    It's harder to make progress up the UEFA ranking table and it follows that any regression happens slow.Trap was in pot 3 for every qual draw.
    Trap's first 2 campaigns were good enough to rise in the UEFA table from 24th to leave us in the lower part of the 2nd pot and the 4 wins in the 3rd campaign were just enough to keep us there.
    Getting Montenegro as a 6th seed in the first campaign didn't help though.
    Some of the games were forgettable, but it's astonishing just how fast people forget the results or diminish what was earned from the first 2 campaigns.
    So much so, that if the new management team from a better vantage point of 2nd seeds, manage to achieve similar to what Trap did in his first 2 campaigns (finish in the top 2), it would be regarded as a major success and achievement by both the FAI and the fans. They would even pass the hat around Lansdowne rd for an extra bonus to top the FAI bonus.

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