The upcoming six nights will prove to be absolute cracker of a time. As we approach close to the final qualifiers for next summer’s European championships, only four countries – England, Iceland, Czech Republic and Austria – including hosts France, have qualified for the final contest. The upcoming dates between this Thursday and Tuesday will guarantee a lot of thrilling International football, notes the Daily Mail.
As we head for the qualifying action for the UEFA EURO 2016, the concluding moments will surely be treat to all football fans around the globe. ESPN FC has highlighted some of the major twists awaiting over the weekend.
- Albania aim to qualify for the first time in History
This is more than a game for the clashing teams. There is political tension hovering above both playing nations amid controversies related to their last clash, which saw fighting after a drone with Albanian motifs flew over the pitch. As the match is scheduled to happen in Elbasan, tickets are being sold at a price more than the average monthly wage of the country. If Albanians secure a win, they will get one of the two direct qualification places for EURO 2016. The comments from the opposing teams have resulted in more conflict. “We all want to spoil their plans and beat them so that they do not qualify,” Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic said recently.
- Netherland’s Fate
The Dutch face the embarrassment of failing to qualify for EURO 2016 for the first time since 2002 as they trail at the fourth spot in their group following their loss against Iceland and Turkey, last September. What has been more frustrating is the fact that there terrible run has resulted in loosing the choice to overturn their own fate.
- All eyes on Wales and Northern Ireland
With Wales not qualifying for any tournament in the last 57 years, they are just a point away to end their “Barren Run”. Fortunately, they have two matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Andorra, to be assure of a positive result with Gareth Bale on their side. Northern Ireland does not have anyone to close to the stature of Bale and they will face two awkward matches against Greece and Finland, respectively.
- Robert Lewandowski can take Poland
Following his dream run at Bayern Munich with 12 goals in four games, his form is alone to dash hopes for Scotland and Ireland. The finest striker is at the peak of pure striking and everything his foot touches, turns into gold. “I hope the situation on Thursday is not the same as in Warsaw because after that foul by Greer I couldn’t run,” Lewandowski said. “If it turns into a battle, fine. I can handle myself in any aerial or physical combat. As long as it’s within the rules.”
- Series Qualifiers can upset some endings
The qualifiers might provide us with some upsetting ends as well as unchartered glories. With smaller nations expected to make a cut into the final 16, big teams such as Netherlands can face some serious embarrassment. We all hope that the conclusion will fill us with some thrilling moments. This is exactly what we need.