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Everything posted by Clyde1998

  1. That late Norway goal keeps them in it - a defeat in Spain and a draw against Sweden isn't a disaster if they can win their games against Romania, Malta and the Faroes (the latter two would be a surprise if they can't). Realistically then, we're looking at Scotland / Finland / +2 of Norway/Serbia/Bulgaria/Israel/Hungary. Both Bulgaria and Israel are currently in qualification spots, with Israel the most likely of the two to actually qualify.
  2. Norway have drawn 3-3 with Sweden tonight in a thrilling game. Norway were 2-0 with twenty minutes to go, with Sweden turning it around to lead 3-2 in the ninety-second minute. Noway scored a ninety-seventh minute equaliser to gain a point. Elsewhere, Finland beat Armenia 2-0 away, with Greece drawing 2-2 in Bosnia in that group.
  3. I think this is the important thing. Football has come a long way since 1974 in many ways and health and fitness are probably the two biggest examples. Football is vastly more athletic than it was in the 70s. This (https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Hc7ddoKkfAAC&pg=PA48) suggests that Everton players were running an average of 8.5km per game in the mid-70s compared to 10km in the 90s. While this (https://www.fourfourtwo.com/performance/training/premier-league-v-amateur-fitness) suggests that football distances haven't increased much since, although modern amateur players aren't too far behind 1970s Everton in distance run. It may well be that mid-70s professional footballers were only slightly more fit than amateur players (albeit modern amateur training may be better than professional training in the mid-70s). Technically those players may be better than our current squad, but they certainly would run out of steam with the distances run. Also, those extra distances come at a higher speed. Simply from that standpoint, I have to say that the '74 team wouldn't be anywhere near winning the modern World Cup.
  4. We do need to attract centre-right voters to achieve independence. Anyone who doesn't realise that either doesn't understand that consensus building is needed to get over 50% in any election/referendum or they only want independence if it's a socialist utopia, not because they believe Scotland should actually be an independent country.
  5. Kosovo certainly aren't a country that will be staying in the lower pots for long. They eased through their Nations League group and haven't lost a game since losing 2-0 in Iceland in October 2017; they drew 2-2 in a friendly with Denmark on Thursday too (not sure how strong a side Denmark played in that game though). They're away to Montenegro and Bulgaria in their next two games, which will probably help decide who finishes third in that group (assuming the Czechs finish second).
  6. Just going through the play-offs as they stand and you get: Route A Portugal vs Iceland Netherlands vs Croatia Route B Bosnia vs Czech Rep Denmark vs Austria Route C Scotland vs Finland Norway vs Serbia Route D Georgia vs Belarus Macedonia vs Kosovo A lot of sides have only played a single match in their group (compared to two for others), while Denmark haven't played at all, so don't take this as anything like the final picture. Based on this, I'd say either Portugal or the Netherlands from Route A, probably Denmark (possibly Bosnia) from Route B, Serbia from Route C and probably Kosovo (possibly Georgia) from Route D.
  7. Bulgaria are in a group with the Czech Republic, Montenegro and Kosovo. The Czechs looked very poor against England - so there's a chance that Bulgaria could finish above them (certainly more than us qualifying). Incidentally, we'd play Bulgaria in that scenario; Best-qualified team (us) will play the worst-qualified team (Bulgaria), while the two middle teams will play each other.
  8. Annoyingly, Ukraine beat Luxembourg in stoppage time avoid dropping points there - which would've made things easier for Serbia going forward. The Serbs held on to draw in Portugal - which is certainly points gained for them.
  9. Tonight's Results Group A - Montenegro 1-5 England Group A - Kosovo 1-1 Bulgaria Group B - Luxembourg 1-2 Ukraine Group B - Portugal 1-1 Serbia Group H - Andorra 0-2 Albania Group H - France 4-0 Iceland Group H - Turkey 4-0 Moldova
  10. Back to 1-1 in Portugal, but Ukraine (Serbia's main challenger outwith Portugal for a top two spot) are losing 1-0 in Luxembourg. 👍
  11. Aye. Both Finland and Norway lost their opening game too - albeit against Italy and Spain respectively.
  12. Aye - they're one of the upcoming countries in Europe. Looking at their group, I think there's a good chance they'll be top two, especially if they win tonight. Bulgaria will replace them, if Serbia get in the top two. They're 0-0 1-0 up in Kosovo right now, which would put them second in the group as it stands. Hungary would replace Bulgaria (Israel are next in line, but are second in their group too).
  13. As I mentioned above, the people didn't expect to leave the Single Market - which is what the real issue is for most people. If the UK were leaving the EU and remaining in the Single Market, then I highly doubt there would be anything like the opposition we're seeing now. The SNP can't just stand by and let Scotland's economy fall apart, especially when they're in Government (even if it's not Holyrood's responsibility). Also, if the SNP don't attempt to keep the UK in the EU, then people who voted 'No' and 'Remain' would be more likely to think that the SNP were just trying to play politics on the issue to achieve independence and would therefore be less likely to vote 'Yes' in an indyref; doing things that appear to be counter-intuitive to achieving independence would make the average person think that the SNP's views are based on firm principles and are acting in the interests of Scotland, not just the party's interest. I agree though that people do need to experience the consequences of their decisions, as that's the only surefire way of getting people to change their outlook. That's the only reason why the 1997 referendum was won by the margin that it was: people realised the mistake they made in 1979 (well, Scotland did vote 'Yes' in 1979, but...) and weren't going to make it twice. The same is true of any future referendum on independence.
  14. I think it only has weight if the terms are significantly different to what was promised in the referendum. Only 35% of 'Leave' voters expected to leave the single market as a result of leaving the EU; people didn't think the UK would leave the Single Market. Had the UK decided to remain within the Single Market, then there wouldn't be the backlash we're currently seeing - as Single Market membership is vastly more important to the economy than EU membership. Provided an independence referendum is held and the Scottish Government peruses a policy similar to what it said it would do, there would be no strong argument for a 'terms' referendum (with a stay in the UK option, at least).
  15. Agreed - away draws in Ireland and Slovenia were positive results in isolation; it was only because we messed up in games we should be winning that they look like disappointments. Once Strachan worked out that using the Celtic lads as the core of the team was the best option during the World Cup campaign, we improved significantly. Had he worked it out sooner, I'm certain we'd have made the play-offs. The players seem to have known what they were supposed to do under Strachan, whereas they look completely lost under McLeish. We need a manager who can get the best out of what we've got, McLeish has proven that he can't. Steve Clarke is the first name that springs to mind as to who can, but he probably wouldn't be offered it. Perhaps there are better foreign managers who could do the job, they would come into the job with a completely clean slate - less preconceived ideas about what Scotland should and shouldn't do, can and can't do; this may be something that's held us back when compared to other nations our size.
  16. Provided those players are likely to be part of the first team going forward, I wouldn't mind bringing in some of the younger players to give them some game time - even if it's off the bench. Would make sense in the long run, as gain more international experience at an age when they can still be moulded.
  17. To be fair to McNulty, he's a poacher and had no service in the fifteen(?) minutes he's been on the pitch. Completely pish performance all round though.
  18. Fucking hell, we got away there.
  19. Will we keep it to double figures in Brussels?
  20. IIRC, UEFA uses head-to-head over goal difference; whereas FIFA is the reverse (so head-to-head for this campaign).
  21. Aye. Don't Kilmarnock and Hamilton have a plastic pitch too? It's not like we couldn't've prepared for a plastic pitch by using their grounds for training before going to Kazakhstan either.
  22. Almost certainly. He took over a team brimming with confidence and with a clear structure that he didn't need to change. This time round, he's taken over a team that had no clear direction and he's managed to make it worse, IMO.
  23. It almost certainly will be based on the FIFA rankings. We've dropped down to 26th in Europe as a result of the Kazakhstan game (joint with Czech Republic and Montenegro).
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