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11.11.11 is UEFA Soccer Showdown

11.11.11 is UEFA Soccer Showdown. 45834.jpegFriday 11.11.11 is Saint Martin's Day. It is also the day when the eight second-placed teams which did not make it to the UEFA finals automatically from the group phase play off over two matches (home and away) to pick the last four teams to go to the UEFA finals in Poland/Ukraine in 2012.

Bosnia and Herzegovina takes on Portugal in Zenica on Friday November 11, at 20.00 CET. Five minutes later, Turkey kicks off against Croatia then at 20.15, the Czech Republic vs. Montenegro game begins. The last match of the evening is between Estonia and the Republic of Ireland, starting at 20.45 in Tallinn.

Return match (second leg) November 15

Standings

 

Group A

Germany 3  Belgium 1

Turkey 1 Azerbaijan 0

Kazakhstan 0 Austria 0

  

Country Games Points Goals

Germany             10  30 34-7

Turkey             10  17 13-11

Belgium             10  15 21-15

Austria             10  12 16-17

Azerbaijan            10    7 10-26

Kazakhstan            10    4  6-24

  

Germany qualifies automatically, Turkey enters the play-offs

  

Group B

Russia 6 Andorra 0

Rep. Ireland 2 Armenia 1

Macedónia 1 Slovakia 1

  

Country Games Points Goals

Russia              10 23 17-4

Rep. Ireland            10 21 15-7

Armenia            10 17 22-10

Slovakia            10 15   7-10

Macedonia            10   8   8-14

Andorra            10   0   1-25

 

Russia qualifies automatically, Rep. Ireland enters the play-offs

 

Group C

Slovenia 1 Serbia 0

Italy 3 Northern Ireland 0

 

Italy                 10   26 20-2

Estonia 10   16 15-14

Serbia              10   15 13-12

Slovenia            10   14 11-7

N. Ireland            10     9   9-13

Faroe Islands            10     4  6-26

 

Italy qualifies automatically, Estonia enters the play-offs

 

Group D

France 1 Bosnia 1

Albania 1 Romania 1

 

France             10    21 15-4

Bosnia-H.            10    20 176-8

Romania            10    14 13-9

Belarus 10    13   8-7

Albania            10      9   7-14

Luxemburg            10      4   3-21

 

France qualifies automatically, Bosnia enters the play-offs

 

Group E

 

Sweden 3 Netherlands 2

Hungary 0 Finland 0

Moldavia 4 San Marino 0

 

Netherlands            10 27 37-8   

Sweden            10 24 31-11

Hungary            10 19 22-14

Finland 10  10 16-16

Moldavia            10  9   12-16

S. Marino            10   0   0-53

  

Netherlands and Sweden both qualify directly

 

Group F

Georgia 1 Greece 2

Croatia 2 Latvia 0

Malta 0 Israel 2

 

Greece             10 24 14-5

Croatia             10 22 18-7

Israel                10 16 13-11

Latvia               10 11   9-12

Georgia            10 10   7-9

Malta               10   1   4-21

 

Greece qualifies automatically, Croatia enters the play-offs

  

Group G

Bulgaria 0 Wales 1

Switzerland 2 Montenegro 0

 

England            8 18 17-5

Montenegro            8 12   7-7

Switzerland            8  11 12-10

Wales              8   9   6-10

Bulgaria            8   5   3-13

  

England qualifies automatically, Montenegro enters the play-offs

 

Group H

 

Denmark 2 Portugal 1

Norway 3 Cyprus 1

 

Denmark            8 19 15-6

Portugal            8 16 21-12

Norway            8 16 10-7

Iceland             8  4   6-14

Cyprus             8  2   7-20

 

Denmark qualifies automatically, Portugal enters the play-offs

 

Group I

Spain 3 Scotland 1

Lithuania 1 Czech Republic 4

 

Spain               8  24 26-6

Czech Rep.            8  13  12-8

Scotland            8   11  9-10

Lithuania            8    5  4-13

Liechtenstein            8    4  3-17

 

Spain qualifies automatically, Czech Republic enters the play-offs

 

UEFA Rules for qualifying:

"Qualifying group stage
The 51 entrants were drawn into nine groups, six of six teams and three of five. Matches are played on a home-and-away basis between 3 September 2010 and 11 October 2011. The nine winners and the runner-up with the best record against the top five sides in their pool qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight remaining runners-up enter the play-offs.

Play-offs
The four sides with the best UEFA national team coefficient ranking will be seeded and will play the second legs on 15 November 2011 at home. The first legs will be played on 11 or 12 November. The teams which score the greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the finals, with away goals and then penalties used to determine the winner in the event of a draw".

(Source: UEFA.com)

 

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

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