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    Pripyat, Stacheldraht, Mart Poom, Oranjeboom

    Yes, it's a DAF/ HMHB mashup to introduce Euro 2020 Qualifying Group C. Netherlands- NI has been confirmed for Feijenoord, so a possible jaunt on Stena HoekvanHolland may be planned. No word yet on a German venue, while the hardcore are already looking forward to Tallinn and Minsk. Baku and Bilbo here we come...

    Last edited by Duncan Gardner; 07-12-2018, 11:30.

    #2
    Right, we're off. Tallinn Tour Commemorative t-shirt at the ready (we never concede more than 4 when I've worn it). Only new face in an ageing Ultonia select is tyro Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard, while disappointingly Ollie Norwood misses out for personal reasons/ sunning himself in Valencia (delete to choice). Orange Blossom Coast over Orange Statelet. Bah.

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      #3
      Group C round-up

      NIR 2-6
      de 1-3
      nl 2-3
      ee 1-0
      by 2-0

      From the brief highlights and comments here it seems Netherlands could and maybe should have beaten Germany comfortably. Still, judging by the other 3 games it wouldn't be a great surprise if both the big 2 got 14-18 points against the makeweights. Both Estonia and Belarus were very unadventurous facing a NI side that had lost 7 of our last 8 qualifiers.

      Next rounds in June

      ee v nir
      by v de

      by v nir
      de v ee

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        #4
        Busy week for Virgil Van Dijk. He's been renting Solskjaer's house in Cheshire, but La Di Da Gunnar's wife won't let him slum it in a hotel any longer

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          #5
          Ps Germany will host NI in Frankfurt Main Sentimental trip for me (last there in 1983)

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            #6
            Nations Schmucktions. The Balti Jaam session is where it's at, baby (OK, I'll be in Scarborough but bear with me).

            Beleaguered supremo Mikey O'Neill will be aiming for at least 4 points to keep Van Dijk and co honest going into the Autumn games. Good luck in your 2 friendlies this week btw.

            No real surprises in the NI squad. Norwood's out with a hernia, while the 4 (?) reserve centre backs have an average age of 31 (19,27,39,39).

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              #7
              Army Group Pripyat are en route (progressed so far to the 'Spoons at Schiphol- not sure if that's a joke or an abomination )

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                #8
                Wetherspoons are in Holland?

                And what's the Chernobyl reference?

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                  #9
                  Seems he was exaggerating not joking- bar was Scruffy O'Murchu not Scruffier Tim.

                  Pripyat is a major River in Belarus before heading south to Chernobyl

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                    #10
                    Another impressive comeback by Mikey and the lads, even if Eesti were a tad unlucky- one disallowed when the keeper flapped, they hit the bar and our first deflected in via the offside Magennis's backside.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Duncan Gardner View Post
                      Seems he was exaggerating not joking- bar was Scruffy O'Murchu not Scruffier Tim.

                      Pripyat is a major River in Belarus before heading south to Chernobyl
                      And also the village that was famously abandoned in the aftermath.

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                        #12
                        Oh dear, I'm getting dizzy up here

                        Good thing games don't end after 75 minutes, we'd be effectively out of it with 5 points. These summer-season Baltic lads just can't match never-say-die Ultonian fitness levels, what?

                        The Belarusians having lost to Germany but with a spirited effort had clearly decided to use this one as a near-friendly preparation for their play off. Their fans anticipated this by staying at home

                        NIR 4-12
                        de 3-9
                        nl 2-3
                        by 4-0
                        ee 3-0

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                          #13
                          I think Netherlands v NI might be a virtual play-off for second given that Germany's win in the Netherlands has made them them strong favourites for top spot.

                          The Pripyat region is infamous for its marshes, in which the Nazis committed some of the earliest atrocities of the Holocaust the USSR in July-August 1941.
                          Last edited by Satchmo Distel; 12-06-2019, 12:18.

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                            #14
                            Apart from Germany, the Dutch have 2 other must win away games before Belfast. That creates pressure however weak the oppo

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                              #15
                              This year's cultural excursion is on- Rotterdam in October. We're staying by the Cool Haven round the corner from a mosque and the Bob Marley Weedcafe. Other Dutch cliches to follow when known

                              Last edited by Duncan Gardner; 26-06-2019, 09:55.

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                                #16
                                Ah, I see that DG is on holidays again and has replaced himself with his trusty random text bot.

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                                  #17
                                  You starting Mynheer? Leave the snides and hit me with those travel tips. Delft is a worthwhile excursion as I recall.

                                  While you're in, have UEFA decided who'll use Dublin as a base when your rabble don't qualify?

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                                    #18
                                    Utrecht is my favourite town in the Netherlands. Leiden is also very nice. Delft is so so, not a big fan. The Esscher museum in Den Haag is good. They have one of those rooms with messed up perspective where you get to feel drunk without drinking. I imagine it is even better if visited drunk.

                                    Antwerp also worth a visit if you can get a cheap ticket on the fast train. Only half hour from Rotterdam.

                                    We're probably not gonna qualify. I think Mick will find it a bit harder without a world class centre midfielder to compensate for his shit management.
                                    Last edited by anton pulisov; 27-06-2019, 22:17.

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                                      #19
                                      Thanks AP. Probably try Den Haag as not visited before.

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