What a disgrace. Andorra have a National anthem.France vs Albania has had a strange start. Teams come out, both national anthems are played and then the Albanian officials complain to the ref and now after 5 minutes the teams line up again for the Albanian national anthem. The wrong version of Albania’s national anthem was played. I can’t say I’ve seen that before.
Edit: The commentator just said the national anthem of Andorra was played. Wow, lol.
It has all been downhill long before that Faroe Islands result. But definitely the Liechtenstein result cements our worst fears.
Actually, I don't agree about the qualifying. While qualifying is currently meaningless for the likes of England, Belgium, Spain etc... the mid tier countries in the groups now have something to play for, while in the past most of them would've been knocked out halfway through qualifying, and end up playing equally meaningless games.Increasing the Euro’s to 24 teams has completely killed any perils of qualification. Should have kept it as a 16 team tournament, not only for the sake of the finals itself but the qualifying too.
Uefa has 55 members, I’ve just looked at the list and I reckon you can write off 20 of those nations as ever being viable to qualify for a major tournament. That leaves 35 nations who have been to a major tournament and would at least have some hope or expectation of qualifying. Therefore you are essentially trimming a grand total of 9 countries out of 35 through 18 months or 10 games of qualifying. Way too few imo. Getting to a tournament should still be seen as an achievement, certainly for mid-ranking uefa teams. That’s all but gone now. 16 teams was ideal, kept qualifying mostly competitive and made for a better final tournament. The group stage thing at the finals whereby 3rd place teams can still qualify for the knockout stage has always been a nonsenseActually, I don't agree about the qualifying. While qualifying is currently meaningless for the likes of England, Belgium, Spain etc... the mid tier countries in the groups now have something to play for, while in the past most of them would've been knocked out halfway through qualifying, and end up playing equally meaningless games.
I'm in favour of the 24 teams format, simply because I hated my country missing out on tournaments. And in tournaments, there's always a chance that weaker countries do better than expected.
After the goal the commentator goes on to say, “Bernard Challandes who is in charge of this exceptional Kosovan side”. Lol. Anytime England concede a goal their opponent seems to be spoken up as a super talented team.I laughed.
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