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RamFromCornwall
23-01-2014, 09:25 PM
France, who host Euro 2016 are likely to have to play qualifiers for their own tournament but their games will not count for any points.

SSN just reporting this, the purpose apparently is to have France playing worthwhile friendlies as it is hard to find teams to play while others have qualifying games. The draw will be made as usual next month, and the group that would usually have 5 teams in it, will now have France.

Basically, the qualifiers will continue as usual but instead of one nation in the group of 5 being without a game whilst the other 4 play, they will instead play France in a friendly.

Link below. - view external link (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/france/10591847/Euro-2016-hosts-France-may-play-in-qualifying-with-no-points-award)

Gaspode
24-01-2014, 07:41 AM
which will be absolutely pointless - why would a country risk injuring their best players against France in a meaningless friendly when they can send their kids to play? - and so France won't get to play 'competitive' games and the domestic leagues will be screwed up for an extra week as they force in another international...
Sounds to me like someone's daft idea to help France out - you'd almost think that UEFA had a French chief...

Rapid
24-01-2014, 07:41 AM
when I first saw the headline I couldn't believe that under the UEFA guidance of Michele platini, france looked like being penalised in having to qualify for their own home tournament.

read a bit more and I see acutally it's designed to help them play what would be considered more competitive matches against other nations rather than just the friendlies that end up being farcical more often that not.

so of course, plantini is once again engineering an advantage for his homeland. it's incredible in a time where corruption is rife in football this guy gets away with constantly changing the rules to suit his own agenda.

Toggles
24-01-2014, 09:28 AM
Brilliant!!

We should send over a team of Conference North players if they're in our group.

Fisrt allowing players to handle the ball in qualifying matches, and now this. Love it!

Rapid
24-01-2014, 09:45 AM
Fisrt allowing players to handle the ball in qualifying matches, and now this. Love it!

don't forgot changing the coefficient rankings system which helped them get the easiest group in the world cup.

RamFromCornwall
24-01-2014, 10:57 AM
You'd have to use players strictly from yourd squad though right? And you'd the strongest possible squad for the game that actually counts so France would get a decent game no matter what.

Rattea
24-01-2014, 11:27 AM
Fisrt allowing players to handle the ball in qualifying matches, and now this. Love it!

don't forgot changing the coefficient rankings system which helped them get the easiest group in the world cup.[/quote]

I think you'll find we shot ourselves in the foot playing teams like Scotlan in friemdlys and reducing our would rankings even if we went out and won!

Switzerland played the points game well and reaped the reward!


As for the topic in hand its a great idea and doesnt leave a nation out in the wilderness for two years. Routine and still being able to pit themselves against usual opposition. they are going to play friendlys reguardless and this will help stop them fixing the seedings too!

triz
26-01-2014, 03:16 PM
pick shawcross just for that game and ask him to go in hard on ribery. France will be ****ed

rhino1980
26-01-2014, 08:40 PM
Plattinni is one of the biggest ****holes
Walking this planet and corrupting football only beaten by blatter the sooner these clowns are removed the better.

UpTheRams1884
26-01-2014, 08:43 PM
Michel Platini is a clown ruining everything.. PATHETIC.

triz
26-01-2014, 08:46 PM
Plattinni is one of the biggest ****holes
Walking this planet and corrupting football only beaten by blatter the sooner these clowns are removed the better.

im sorry you're wrong. Blatter is a huge ****er...but platini is way way worse.

Rapid
27-01-2014, 12:54 PM
Plattinni is one of the biggest ****holes
Walking this planet and corrupting football only beaten by blatter the sooner these clowns are removed the better.

im sorry you're wrong. Blatter is a huge ****er...but platini is way way worse.[/quote]

and that's saying something.