And now, it’s the national team of south Wales everybody

6 02 2010

Yesterday we stood on the threshold of THE weekend of the year. At this momentous time that only happens this time each year, the world stops. Curtains will be closed and the only thing seen on the streets will be tumbleweed. This is the weekend when memory returns, when they will dig out that holy red shirt from the bottom of the drawer, undertake the ceremonial ironing ceremony and then wear it, along with the sparkly cowboy hat, with pride “for the boys.” 

If you want a drink this Saturday teatime you will be out of luck; not be a cubic centimetre of space will be free in any pub in Wales. Yes it’s here; Wales v England. For some reason it is so much harder to remember that you’re Welsh when you’re playing Azerbaijan.

Anyway, enough of that nonsense, what about the national sport of Wales? How is that national team getting along? At the moment their supporters will be waiting with baited breath for the next travel itinerary; the next European draw is going to take place in Warsaw tomorrow morning.

So how will it go? Here are the seeded pots.

Pot one: Spain (holders), Germany, Netherlands, Italy, England, Croatia, Portugal, France, Russia

Pot two: Greece, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Serbia, Turkey, Denmark, Slovakia, Romania

Pot three: Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Pot four: Slovenia, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania, Belarus, Belgium, Wales, FYR Macedonia, Cyprus

Pot five: Montenegro, Albania, Estonia, Georgia, Moldova, Iceland, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein

Pot six: Azerbaijan, Luxembourg, Malta, Faroe Islands, Andorra, San Marino.

As Wales can draw one team from each pot (except the fourth one obviously) we could see the following scenarios.

Best Chance; Croatia, Slovakia, Scotland, Liechtenstein, San Marino

Worst Chance; Spain, Serbia (or Greece), Bulgaria, Montenegro, Azerbaijan

Best Trips (from the Jet Set point of view); Spain (or Portugal), Denmark, Bosnia, Estonia, (or Kazakhstan or Iceland), Faroe Islands

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