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    League of Ireland in Europe 2017

    Early maybe but any chance the fai might schedule derry dundalk cork and rovers to play each other twice directly after first round euro qualifiers ...they will be putting the schedule together soon I guess
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    The fai helping our clubs in Europe or not.. Really? Snowballs chance in hell there

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    Hearing that the season is due to start second week in February next year and removing midweek fixtures to avoid any potential congestion with clubs in Europe in 2017.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel-harps1954 View Post
    Hearing that the season is due to start second week in February next year and removing midweek fixtures to avoid any potential congestion with clubs in Europe in 2017.
    That would be brilliant if it was to happen. I just don't like midweek games so to be rid of them would be grand. Non European clubs wouldn't be affected by cancellations and clubs that progress through a few rounds wouldn't face a massive backlog. Attendances would be up too you would imagine

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel-harps1954 View Post
    Hearing that the season is due to start second week in February next year and removing midweek fixtures to avoid any potential congestion with clubs in Europe in 2017.
    That would be great , and would show a bit of ambition to make things better

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    Worth throwing in that UCD may well be in the UEFA Youth League too. We need four clubs to qualify for both the Champions League and the UEFA Youth League and we're in. Or fewer if Dundalk get another couple of wins.

    Kind of appropriate that Dundalk's run of form is what may get us in, given all 11 of their goals have been scored by ex-UCD players

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel-harps1954 View Post
    Hearing that the season is due to start second week in February next year and removing midweek fixtures to avoid any potential congestion with clubs in Europe in 2017.
    I've always thought the third weekend of February is a good time to start. It's a gap weekend after two rounds of 6 Nations. There would be a reasonable expectation of good media coverage of any decent promotional stuff ahead of the season's opening fixtures.
    A Championship: 4 years - 8 first teams - 0 financially ruined. First Division '14: 7 first teams.
    Opportunity seems lost somewhere in between for new clubs/regions to become part of LoI family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Worth throwing in that UCD may well be in the UEFA Youth League too. We need four clubs to qualify for both the Champions League and the UEFA Youth League and we're in. Or fewer if Dundalk get another couple of wins.

    Kind of appropriate that Dundalk's run of form is what may get us in, given all 11 of their goals have been scored by ex-UCD players
    Actually, looks like Dundalk's adventures won't affect the UEFA Youth League until next year - so we're 41st, not 37th. That's a big difference, and though 41st qualified this year, I think that was a one-off and won't happen again this year.

    But you never know. And in the meantime, just got to win it again next year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel-harps1954 View Post
    Hearing that the season is due to start second week in February next year and removing midweek fixtures to avoid any potential congestion with clubs in Europe in 2017.
    That would be just typical if we have to get start of season games postponed due to Europa league last 32 matches

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Actually, looks like Dundalk's adventures won't affect the UEFA Youth League until next year - so we're 41st, not 37th. That's a big difference, and though 41st qualified this year, I think that was a one-off and won't happen again this year.

    But you never know. And in the meantime, just got to win it again next year!
    Effectively 40th. Lichenstein don't get a qualifier as they don't have a league. I didn't cop that and it threw all my calculations off, I couldn't understand why the club kept saying we needed two more teams to qualify for the CL proper when I had it at 3.

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    Well yeah, I'd spotted that alright - though 41st still qualified this year, with Liechtenstein above them. And the previous year, it only went down as far as 37th.

    Still, we can but wait and see.

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    Would be great to see UCD in there, and very impressed with Cork so far.

    Now, off to look at potential seedings in the big boys Champions League 2017-18!

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    Can someone please fix the title if this is going to be the main thread for the next 12 months?

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    Quote Originally Posted by El-Pietro View Post
    Can someone please fix the title if this is going to be the main thread for the next 12 months?
    What's wrong with the title?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ger121 View Post
    What's wrong with the title?
    Capital E required if we're going to be looking at this until May 2018.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ger121 View Post
    What's wrong with the title?
    Nothing now, but it was League of ireland in europe 2017 earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El-Pietro View Post
    Nothing now, but it was League of ireland in europe 2017 earlier.
    Good God... I knew things were a bit bad down in Cork today but not so bad that a couple of missed uppercases could drive you to distraction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seand View Post
    Capital E required if we're going to be looking at this until May 2018.
    I'm surprised you missed the I as well. Lads, seriously!

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    Well leaving aside my spelling etc ,

    I know the perceived wisdom is the later you enter European qualifying the better but you get as much for winning an earlier qualifying round as a later one and in theory at least the earlier rounds are weaker opposition.
    With the exception of Dundalk who don't need the loot now, I think most LOI clubs would be better off starting in as early a round as possible and banking the extra cash for playing more rounds (he says optimistically)..maybe I'm being negative but the European money now is such a huge part of the annual playing budget in the clubs lucky enough to qualify.
    LOI club versus the champions of Andorra in round 1 , couple of hundred grand and move on to round two

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    I always wonder at the mindset of people who think that.

    Yep, I too would rather a really crap league that has to play the San Marino champions every year compared to a decent league where you start off in, say, the Europa League group stages.

    What's the point in taking some cash if the league is going to continue to be held up by small-minded thinking like that?

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