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    #51
    England
    Slovakia
    Scotland
    Brazil

    U21
    England
    Scotland

    Usomethingorover
    England
    Germany

    Three-quarters of them all at the same ground.

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      #52
      Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
      In ranking order ;

      Belgium
      France
      Brazil
      Croatia
      England
      Portugal
      Switzerland
      Spain
      Denmark
      Argentina
      Colombia
      Chile
      Sweden
      Netherlands
      Germany
      Italy
      Wales
      Austria
      Romania
      Slovakia
      Serbia
      Paraguay
      Ireland
      Bosnia & Herzegovina
      Northern Ireland
      Scotland
      Australia
      Czech Republic
      RCS (can I count that?)
      Nigeria
      Bulgaria
      Norway
      Russia
      Jamaica
      Egypt
      Finland
      Belarus
      Luxembourg
      Georgia
      Israel
      Faroe Islands
      Azerbaijan
      Moldova
      San Marino
      Great Britain (Womens Olympic)


      I make that 45, if I'm allowed RCS as well as Czech Republic and Slovakia? I'm sure I've missed out a couple I've seen in London friendlies (possibly Ghana and Ivory Coast) but will need to check further to confirm .
      Gah, forgot Andorra were the opponents in the post-qualification party that was the final Euro 2016 qualifier. 46 then.

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        #53
        And I definitely saw Wales play Cyprus in 1993, probably in 2006 too but I have a less firm recollection of that. 47.

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          #54
          11 in six games:

          England v Romania (September 1985)
          England v Poland (June 1989)
          Brazil v Sweden (June 1995)
          Jamaica v Croatia (World Cup 1998)
          Denmark v Czech Republic (European Championship 2000)
          Japan v Mexico (Olympics 2012)
          Last edited by Gangster Octopus; 25-03-2019, 13:45.

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            #55
            At Hampden unless stated otherwise (and just the once unless stated otherwise)

            UEFA:

            Albania
            Austria
            Belarus
            Belgium (x2)
            Bosnia and Herzegovina (Ibrox)
            Bulgaria (1 x Hampden, 1 x St James’)
            Croatia (1 x Hampden, 1 x Hillsborough, 1 x Old Trafford)
            Czech Republic (1 x Wembley, 1 x Hampden)
            Denmark (2 x Hillsborough)
            England (3 x Hampden, 4 x Wembley)
            Estonia (Pittodrie)
            Faroe Islands (2)
            Finland
            France (3 x Hampden, 1 x Elland Road, 1 x Anfield)
            Georgia (1 x Hampden, 1 x Ibrox)
            Germany (2 x Hampden, 1 x Ibrox, 1 x Old Trafford, 2 x Wembley, 1 x Allianz)
            Gibraltar
            Greece
            Hungary
            Iceland (2)
            Republic of Ireland (1 x Hampden, 1 x Celtic Park)
            Israel
            Italy (1 x Ibrox, 2 x Hampden)
            Latvia
            Liechtenstein
            Lithuania (3)
            Macedonia
            Malta (1 x Ibrox, 1 x Hampden)
            Netherlands (2 x Hampden, 1 x Anfield)
            Northern Ireland (2)
            Norway
            Poland (1 x Millennium Stadium, 1 x Hampden)
            Portugal (2 x Hampden, 1 x City Ground)
            Romania (1 x Hampden, 1 x St James’, 1 x Elland Road)
            Russia
            San Marino
            Scotland (6 x Ibrox, 2 x Pittodrie, 1 x Celtic Park, 2 x Easter Road, 3 x Wembley, Hampden ad infinitum)
            Serbia
            Slovakia
            Slovenia (2)
            Spain (2 x Hampden, 2 x Elland Road)
            Sweden (Ibrox)
            Turkey (1 x City Ground, 1 x Hillsborough)
            Ukraine
            Wales (2 x Hampden, 1 x Millenium Stadium)

            CONMEBOL:
            Argentina

            CAF:
            South Africa (Pittodrie)

            CONCACAF:
            USA
            Costa Rica (Allianz Arena)
            Canada (Easter Road)

            AFC:
            Qatar (Easter Road)

            OFC:
            Australia*

            WNTs:
            Scotland (Broadwood)
            USA “B” (Broadwood)
            France (2012 Olympics)
            Sweden (2012 Olympics)

            Olympic Men's:
            Honduras
            Morocco
            Japan
            Spain


            Scotland U-21s (Broadwood)
            Belarus U-21s (Broadwood)
            Scotland U-18s (Rugby Park)
            Northern Ireland U-18s (Rugby Park)
            Scotland Schoolboys (Rugby Park)
            Northern Ireland Schoolboys (Rugby Park)

            Scotland Juniors (McKenna Park)
            Northern Ireland Juniors (McKenna Park)

            Extinct:
            Yugoslavia



            *Yeah. Fuck it. Australia. I saw them in 1985 - before they moved; No way I’m admitting I don’t have an Oceanic nation ... or that I couldn’t be arsed going through to Tynecastle in 2003 to see New Zealand.


            Now I know everyone's just gonnae look at me and think "that's the guy who says he's into football but hasn't seen Brazil". Or Switzerland.
            Last edited by Alex Anderson; 25-03-2019, 12:30. Reason: I had tonsilitis - okay!

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              #56
              Realised that I was at the same game as Felicity back in 2000.

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                #57
                England vs
                USSR
                Turkey
                Denmark
                Iceland
                Ukraine
                Wales
                Northern Ireland
                Azerbaijan
                Austria
                Argentina
                Jamaica
                Andorra (home and away)
                Macedonia
                Estonia
                Kazakhstan

                Netherlands vs Denmark
                Slovakia vs Greece

                Also in a random "tournament" in Los Angeles in the late 80s, in which the teams may or may not have been the full international sides:
                Guatemala and El Salvador - playing Universidad Guadalajara and the Republic of Ireland Olympic team respectively (the latter has also been described as a League of Ireland XI)

                There was another around the same time which I'm sure Brazil played but can I hell find it.

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                  #58
                  Forgot Brazil v Sweden in that strange tournament a year before Euro 96. Have now added it.

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                    #59
                    Originally posted by colchestersid View Post
                    89. Most of Europe by the looks of things (not Armenia or Kosovo but had holidays in both),
                    My favourite line in this thread.
                    Last edited by Alex Anderson; 26-03-2019, 09:14. Reason: Which, of course, means I absolutely fucking hate it coz he's seen way more than me. Again. As per. Ye should see his European club finalists collection.

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                      #60

                      Originally posted by colchestersid View Post

                      89. Most of Europe by the looks of things (not Armenia or Kosovo but had holidays in both),


                      Originally posted by Alex Anderson View Post

                      My favourite line in this thread.
                      I did go and see the national stadium in Armenia but sadly no game on when I was there. I had to see it - West Ham played there in 1975. You understand I'm sure

                      Less excuse for Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Philippines, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Montserrat and Antigua - all of which I have (1) been to on holiday (2) visited their national stadiums but (3) never seen their national team play live

                      That's a very specific set of conditions but feel free to add more examples..

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                        #61
                        I've related the tale on here before, but we wandered into the Tórsvřllur stadium in Tórshavn and watched a national team training session before then-manager Brian Kerr called Mrs TrL over and gave her a bundle of goodies [Nb - not a euphemism]. There were books on the Faroes, two replica tops, pin badges and mini-pennants. Never seen 'em play though.

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                          #62
                          Men (Full).

                          England
                          Uruguay
                          Cameroon
                          U.S.S.R.
                          Brazil
                          Turkey
                          San Marino
                          Poland
                          Denmark
                          Scotland
                          Switzerland
                          Russia
                          Czech Republic
                          Luxembourg
                          Republic of Ireland
                          Mexico
                          Greece
                          France
                          Sweden
                          Bulgaria
                          Spain
                          Italy
                          Latvia
                          Germany
                          U.S.A.
                          Netherlands
                          Japan
                          Tunisia
                          Hungary
                          Jamaica
                          Angola
                          Ghana
                          Togo
                          Paraguay
                          Trinidad & Tobago
                          Saudi Arabia
                          Argentina
                          Belgium
                          Portugal
                          Estonia
                          Croatia
                          Kasakhstan
                          Nigeria
                          Chile
                          Slovenia
                          South Korea
                          Montenegro
                          Wales
                          Peru
                          Iceland
                          Ukraine
                          Northern Ireland
                          Romania
                          Albania
                          Malta
                          Senegal
                          Morocco
                          Costa Rica

                          Olympic.

                          Senegal
                          Uruguay
                          Great Britain
                          United Arab Emirates
                          Japan
                          Honduras
                          Mexico
                          Brazil

                          U23.

                          Portugal

                          U21.

                          England
                          Germany
                          Israel
                          Belgium
                          Italy
                          Serbia
                          Portugal
                          Wales
                          Spain
                          Sweden
                          Belarus
                          Iceland
                          Switzerland
                          Czech Republic
                          Croatia
                          Denmark
                          Kazakhstan
                          Slovakia

                          U20.

                          England
                          Brazil

                          U19.

                          England
                          Slovakia
                          Russia
                          Montenegro
                          Ukraine
                          Scotland

                          U18.

                          Netherlands
                          Spain
                          England
                          Republic of Ireland
                          U.S.A.

                          U17.

                          England
                          Italy
                          Slovakia
                          Portugal
                          Serbia
                          Germany
                          Netherlands
                          Spain
                          Sweden
                          Switzerland
                          Bosnia & Herzegovina
                          Republic

                          U16.

                          England
                          Netherlands
                          West Germany

                          C.

                          England

                          CONIFA

                          Barawa
                          Cascadia
                          Ellan Vannin
                          Tamil Eelam
                          Karpatalja
                          Tibet
                          Padabia
                          Szekely Land
                          Matabeleland
                          Kabylia
                          Abkhazia
                          Northan Cyprus

                          Futsal.

                          U.S.A.
                          Brazil
                          Mexico
                          Honduras

                          Women.

                          England
                          Sweden
                          Japan
                          New Zealand
                          Colombia
                          Brazil
                          Australia
                          U.S.A.
                          Great Britain
                          Germany
                          Serbia
                          Scotland
                          Norway
                          Belgium
                          Russia
                          France
                          Austria
                          Netherlands
                          Denmark

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                            #63
                            Somebody asked, so I thought I'd do this rather than my day job (although they are related). Hopefully, if the upload works (and the image will be big), here's a world map of which nations** OTFers* have been to see. It is coloured by how many OTFers have been to each team.***

                            * Some OTFers gave vague answers which I ignored.
                            **A number of now defunct teams are currently excluded.
                            *** Geography nerds will note that I'm unable to split Kosovo from Serbia in my current software
                            **** This seems to have been scaled by OTF's software. Click to open in new tab to get to 16km/pixel scale. I can do this much bigger or localised if anyone wants
                            ***** Obviously, there's a ton of errors. Tough shit.
                            ****** I did this before Merlin posted his big list
                            ******* I've excluded teams stated as womens, U-21/23/13, CONIFA, just to make my life a bit easier.

                            Last edited by San Bernardhinault; 26-03-2019, 22:18.

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                              #64
                              So, yeah:

                              The team most people have seen is, unsurprisingly, England, at 28. Followed by Scotland (20), Brazil (19) and Argentina (18).
                              Armenia seems to be the outlier UEFA team that nobody on OTF has seen (and Kosovo, as it happens, but it doesn't show on the map)
                              India is by far the most populous, and also largest, country that nobody has seen play.
                              OTF's representation is great in Europe, good in the Americas, but pretty poor elsewhere.

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                                #65
                                Excellent stuff, SB. We need one of those maps for the 'Countries you've watched football in' thread we had a while back.

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                                  #66
                                  Originally posted by San Bernardhinault View Post
                                  So, yeah:


                                  Armenia seems to be the outlier UEFA team that nobody on OTF has seen (.
                                  I've seen Wales play Armenia so some of the other Sons of Wales on here must have too

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                                    #67
                                    It's not my fault that nobody had mentioned them yet...

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                                      #68
                                      Great stuff, SB: I was beginning to dread having to do an analysis of the teams we've seen (having started the thread and half promised to) but you've done it much better than I ever could have,

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                                        #69
                                        Excellent SB, looks even better than I thought it would because of the density. Chapeau to you sir.

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                                          #70
                                          I'm sure I was at more Scotland games, but I can only remember two, both at Hampden. The first was against Northern Ireland, which I remember because it was the only game I ever attended with my mother. George Best was playing, so that explains that.

                                          The other one was (I think) against Romania in the mid to late 70's. I can't recall anything at all about the game itself, not even the score. But memories of The Wombles going round the track at half-time on a float 'singing' Underground Overground, and being drowned out by 'you're going to get your fucking heads kicked in' will stay forever clear in my mind.

                                          Other than that - Portugal v Denmark at Porto's ground.
                                          Last edited by Stobart; 27-03-2019, 05:16.

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                                            #71
                                            From a quick Google I reckon you saw a 1-1 draw back in 1975.

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                                              #72
                                              I was going to quickly skim the longer lists to see, but SB's map saves me from having to do so because no one's said Venezuela yet. So I might be able to lay claim to being the first OTFer to have seen an entire confederation (in the adult men's game), even though it is the easiest confederation to complete, because thanks to a combination of going to most of Argentina's World Cup qualifiers since I moved here in 2010, and Argentina hosting the Copa América in 2011, I've seen every CONMEBOL nation.

                                              I've also seen (worked at) an England v Wales game at Old Trafford ... which I think is the only England game I've been at ... and an Argentina v Spain friendly after the 2010 World Cup.

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                                                #73
                                                Originally posted by Stobart View Post
                                                The other one was (I think) against Romania in the mid to late 70's. I can't recall anything at all about the game itself, not even the score. But memories of The Wombles going round the track at half-time on a float 'singing' Underground Overground, and being drowned out by 'you're going to get your fucking heads kicked in' will stay forever clear in my mind.

                                                I went to Hillsborough in the early-90s to see Chelsea play Wednesday. It was an easy 2-0 to the home team at the break and the meathead in the seat next to me wasn't happy. The half-time entertainment consisted of a couple of costumed stars of a local production of "Walt Disney on Ice" walking around the edge of the pitch.

                                                "Come down and shake Mickey's hand," invited the PA announcer.

                                                "Bring 'im up 'ere an' I'll shake MIckey's fuckin' 'and for 'im," the bloke next to me responded in the sort of gruff voice that you really have to work on.

                                                Mickey declined the kind offer, incidentally.

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                                                  #74
                                                  Originally posted by Gangster Octopus View Post
                                                  Realised that I was at the same game as Felicity back in 2000.
                                                  I’ve just noticed, too. I was in a gang of 3 with a guy in a kilt. I think we were in the Denmark end. All I remember is the industrial surroundings of the Standard Ličge ground and the game was pretty dull (we had a great night after, as some local students took us to the late night bars, entirely due to the kilt)

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                                                    #75
                                                    Swooning at SB's contribution here. Combining an arcane list-based football thread with a nod to the epic 'Who Likes Looking at Maps?' mega-thread. Peak OTF

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