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05-10-2013, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Namejs View Post
How is Latvia getting worse though? Our ranking fluctuates around the exact same place for 17(!) years now. Some teams have become slightly better or very similar to us (Germany, Norway), but some teams have also become worse (Belarus, Ukraine, Austria). Maybe you're just not old enough to remember Ukraine playing among the big guys.
Maybe not much worse, but the question is - are we getting better? Maybe we are too late for that, maybe the wake-up call came far too late? Our situation can be described as stagnation. Austria is clearly progressing, at least in this tournament as a team. Belarus is almost like us, but they are "luckier" and they usually show a decent opposition to all mighty teams. I don't think Slovakia is in any danger of losing their title as a hockey superpower, not in the near future.

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