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    Quote Originally Posted by swinfordfc View Post
    At this present time - Northern Ireland teams have got the most points so far in Europe .. and still have 2 sides left! And they be up to 37th next year at the moment on the table. We presently 38th but slide to mid 40's next year.
    That's abysmal!
    I know some on here were saying that our league just isn't that good, but our top clubs are certainly better than the NI clubs. The Unite the Union cup confirmed that. Not that we really needed that confirmation.
    Shame on our clubs for performing so poorly over the last few years in Europe. There were some very winnable games that were thrown away.
    Even though Bohs lost, I'd still say that their performance this year was the most impressive out of all our clubs. Fair play to Rovers for getting through and flying the LOI flag but they were favourites all the same.
    Dundalk and Derry really made a bags of their ties.

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    Remember again the NI clubs have been getting extra points for the preliminary round of late.

    And this year they only had 3 teams, so the wins were worth more.

    48th is still really not encouraging, but the preliminary round really does mix things up at the bottom

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    https://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2020...penalty-drama/

    "All of this season's qualifying round games will be played behind closed doors, with the next round set to take place on 17 September."

    That's almost 3 weeks away? Under normal circumstances they wouldn't be so far behind but with the way things are at the moment any number of things could happen by then. I would have thought they'd have tried to rush these preliminary rounds regardless of them being 1 legged affairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoopy View Post
    Are you sure of that figure? Can't see only 1.5k considering all members and ST holders got it 'free'.
    Ya as loi101 says it was in the top left corner if you wanted to see it. I didn't take much notice first half when the stream generally worked bar a few minutes here and there, but in the second half I took notice as there wasn't much else to look at and it was max 1.5k but by the time it got to extra time it was much lower low 1ks. Funny how so many of us still stuck with it in the hope it "might just come back"

    But the app is smart enough so I do believe that's the total as if you'd logged in once with the registered email it knocked you out on another device. As I went through various devices to try and see if that made a difference to the stream....

    I knew though something was up as early as an hour before kick off when there was a warm up going on by the Finn's and the sound was ahead of the action and the players were passing in slow motion. Had it been a LOi side I might not have noticed :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Low 40s - to 48th, behind the Faroe Islands and Malta and just ahead of Gibraltar per Bert Kassies.

    Of course they've been getting extra coefficient points from preliminary rounds we got byes in, but still and all.
    Poland down in 32nd is a bit of a shocker too

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    How are Luxembourg 32 that's mad ted.

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    Dudelange getting to the EL groups twice in a row I guess (and their defeat against UCD no longer included)

    Though Dudelange didn't qualify at all this year, and the Titus Petange lost to a Gibraltar side, so they'll drop back I'm sure.

    Lot of sponsorship money in Luxembourg.

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    Per capita Luxembourg is amongst the richest in Europe.

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    Anyone know why the Albanian sides are doing better in recent years. Is it state or outside investment or something else. I think all 4 clubs won their ties too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrufil View Post
    Per capita Luxembourg is amongst the richest in Europe.
    Yeah, on GDP per capita, they're second to none. Granted, we're second only to Luxembourg in Europe, so it's clearly not all that useful. Going by the lists [here]
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    Quote Originally Posted by ger121 View Post
    Anyone know why the Albanian sides are doing better in recent years. Is it state or outside investment or something else. I think all 4 clubs won their ties too.
    I wonder has the Euro 2016 money helped? First time Albania reached a major finals. Plus a couple of clubs reaching the group stages in recent years too. That money would go a lot further in Albania than here of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    I wonder has the Euro 2016 money helped? First time Albania reached a major finals. Plus a couple of clubs reaching the group stages in recent years too. That money would go a lot further in Albania than here of course.
    And clubs in these countries also seem to get a cut of prize money won by their national teams, unlike here.

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    Looking at their stadia sizes it does seem Luxembourg is punching above its weight in Europe. Their top ground holds less than 6,000. Perhaps their football federation has a clue what it is doing, and doing it well.

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    The're also bound to have access to a decent pool of players who may have been cast off or loaned out by pro Dutch/German/French league clubs etc, with little disruption for the player or big cost to incentivise a signing.

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    If I am reading Wikipedia correctly. They have assigned seeded and non seeded sides to Groups for the main path EL draw. With Rovers drawing one of Milan, Fehérvár or Zalgiris.

    Wonder where they got those from. One glamour tie for sure and 2 possibly winnable ones too, especially if drawn at home.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020..._Europa_League

    Maybe it is not accurate information but all those Countries would be on the Green List I think.

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    Wouldn't you be sick to draw AC Milan and it behind closed doors?

    Fehervar would be interesting - don't know has it ever happened that a club has faced two LoI sides in the same European campaign?

    Dundalk will play either Slovan (again), Linfield, KuPS (Finland) or Inter. Of Andorra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Wouldn't you be sick to draw AC Milan and it behind closed doors?

    Fehervar would be interesting - don't know has it ever happened that a club has faced two LoI sides in the same European campaign?

    Dundalk will play either Slovan (again), Linfield, KuPS (Finland) or Inter. Of Andorra.
    Or Floriana of Malta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul_oshea View Post
    https://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2020...penalty-drama/

    "All of this season's qualifying round games will be played behind closed doors, with the next round set to take place on 17 September."

    That's almost 3 weeks away? Under normal circumstances they wouldn't be so far behind but with the way things are at the moment any number of things could happen by then. I would have thought they'd have tried to rush these preliminary rounds regardless of them being 1 legged affairs.
    An international break is causing the day.

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