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Ciaran Clark v Martin Dubravka in 2020 European Championships play-offs…probably

3 weeks ago
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The 2020 European Championships play-offs will take place in March 2020.

Bringing to a conclusion a seemingly never ending qualification process that has entailed far too many matches and is ridiculously complicated.

The whole thing kicked off with the idea of having a pre-qualifying groups competition to help decide who would be in the eventual 2020 European Championships play-offs almost two years later.

The pointless Nations League which took place in 2018 before then the qualifying groups kicked off earlier this year (2019).

After far too many games, Tuesday night saw the end of the group matches, at last at a point where 20 of the summer 2020 European Championships qualifiers had been decided.

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

To bring it up to the final total of 24, there will be the play-offs.

The qualifying process started with 55 countries and including 16 in these play-offs, only 19 of the 55 have so far definitely been eliminated!

With the Nations League performances taken into consideration, the 16 to take part in the play-offs are as follows.

They are divided into groups of four and at the moment Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) looks set to play Martin Dubravka (Slovakia) but within UEFA’s complicated rules, there is still a possibility that this might change.

UEFA will confirm later this month exactly who will play each, we will then know who will play-off against each other in the one-legged semi-finals on 26 March 2020, before then meeting each other in the four finals on 31 march 2020.

As it stands now:

Group A

Iceland in a group with three of Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Israel

Group B

Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland

Slovakia v Republic of Ireland

Group C

Scotland v one of Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Israel

Norway v Serbia

Group D

Georgia v Belarus

North Macedonia v Kosovo

In terms of NUFC interest, Fabian Schar (Switzerland) has already qualified.

Whilst Emil Krafth (Sweden) will be involved if selected.

A wildcard could be Jetro Willems (Holland) if he keeps his NUFC form up and earns a recall.

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