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01-25-2013, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by tobo View Post
I'd say third placed teams in the Qualifying rounds aren't that bad usually. Belgium, Armenia, Israel, Norway, Serbia, Hungary, Romania and Scotland finished third in 2012. Some of these teams should have the talent to qualify, but countries like Armenia or Israel didn't stand a chance of finishing #1 or #2 under the old system. Who knows, a tournament is always difficult, maybe we see an underdog beat several powerhouses and make a deep run into the knock-out stage?
Well add the 2nd place teams which lost in a playoff; Turkey, Montenegro, Estonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

I think teams like Estonia and Armenia had lucky qualifying campaigns and they just would have happened to qualify for a 24-team version and don't forget in most years Poland/Ukraine would have to qualify as well.

Expanding to 24 teams though really helps teams like Norway, Israel, Romania type teams who qualify once in a while but usually finish 3rd in qualifying groups

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