Belgium v Israel – 13 October Israel slipped to fourth behind Bosnia and Herzegovina after losing at home to Cyprus at the weekend and must now win and hope the Bosnians drop points in Cyprus in order to claim a play-off place. However Belgium have a five year unbeaten record in qualifiers and the young, dynamic side will be aiming to continue to perform going into the Euros after disappointing in Brazil last year. It doesn’t help Israel’s chances that the country is in dire form at the moment – […]
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Czech Republic v Turkey – 10 October The Czech Republic come into their penultimate Group A game secure in the knowledge that they will be playing in the finals. Group A’s surprise package Iceland means that Turkey and the Netherlands have been pushed back to content for a play-off spot, meaning that two of the continents stronger teams may not even make it to France. Turkey can confirm a play-off place with a game to spare if they can extend their two-point lead over the Netherlands. They have the superior […]
Scotland v Poland – 8 October This is a crunch match for Scotland in a group where qualification seemed a distinct possibility for so long only for an unexpected defeat away to Georgia swept the rug from under their feet. However if Scotland can defeat Poland at Hampden and Republic of Ireland fail to beat Germany in Dublin, then there is a very real chance that the Scots would sneak into the third qualifying place in the last round of games thanks to what would be their superior head to […]
The qualification process for the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine is finally over an all eyes will now turn to the group stage draw for the finals. Tuesday’s second leg clash of the play-offs marked the end of the qualifying campaign, as Croatia, Portugal, Czech Republic and Republic of Ireland secured their ticket to the finals to join 10 other nations who advanced from the group qualifiers, as well as the two host nations The 16 qualified teams will now be divided into four separate pots, based on […]
Finland v Holland Finland take on Holland which should technically be a home venue, but is being played on a neutral ground in Germany’s Olympstadion. The Oranje are coming off the best form in their life, and are now undefeated in all 7 games of their campaign and looking to make it 8 in a row tonight with a win over their opponents Finland who are sitting towards the lower half of the table. For Holland, van Persie, Sneijder, Huntelaar and Dirk Kuyt who have been among the form scorers […]
European stadiums witnessed matches that took place on the selection of Euro 2012. For some teams the games identified the tournament fate. For example, Germany came outto the final part. Qualifiers Euro 2012, September 2 Israel – Greece – 0:1 (0:0) Goal: Ninis, 60 Lithuania – Liechtenstein – 0-0 Finland – Moldova – 4:1 (2:0) Goals: Hämäläinen, 11 (1-0), 43 (2-0), Forssel, 52 (3-0), Armash, 70 (4-0, own goal), Alexeev, 85 (4-1) Azerbaijan – Belgium – 1:1 Goals: Simons, 55 (0-1), Aliyev, 86 (1-1) Andorra – Armenia – 0:3 Goals: […]
The 2012 Euro 2012 qualifiers resume this week after the usual long international football summer break in Europe. We are roughly half way through the qualifying process and most big European teams are aiming to secure their participation to the tournament co-organised by Poland & Ukraine asap, hence the importance of this week’s matches. Germany v Austria (kick-off 20:45) Germany could become the first team to qualify for the Euro 2012 finals if they beat neighbours Austria on Friday. Joachim Loew’s side are unbeaten so far in group A, with […]
Group A # Team Name P W D L F A GD PTS 1 Germany 10 10 0 0 34 7 27 30 2 Turkey 10 5 2 3 13 11 2 17 3 Belgium 10 4 3 3 21 15 6 15 4 Austria 10 3 3 4 16 17 -1 12 5 Azerbaijan 10 2 1 7 10 26 -16 7 6 Kazakhstan 10 1 1 8 6 24 -18 4 Group B # Team Name P W D L F A GD PTS 1 Russia 10 7 […]
With Euro 2016 around the corner, this week brings the next round of qualifiers. We take a look at some of the more interesting fixtures below. Cyprus v Wales – Thursday 4th September It’s been awhile since Wales qualified for the finals of a major international tournament. In fact they’ve only done it once, and that was many decades ago. Currently Chris Coleman’s side are sitting pretty at the top of Group B, and they need just two wins from their next four games to see them through. First up […]
England boss Roy Hodgson believes the nature of his side’s friendly win over Italy is hugely encouraging ahead of their World Cup qualification campaign.
England, who are 4/11 with bookmaker to win their qualification group, defeated the Azzurri 2-1 in…