May 22, 2008

Manchester City qualify for UEFA Cup based on good behavior.: They almost lost the spot to Fulham, who barely escaped relegation from the EPL. "The fair play system awards points based on criteria including respect for opponents and the referee, positive play as well as the number of yellow and red cards received. City will not be able to host the first qualifying round tie at Eastlands as the pitch is due to be relaid once a Bon Jovi concert has taken place on 22 June."

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 04:05 PM - 6 comments

Fair Play Award is all well and good. Give 'em a plastic medal and a pat on the back from the Queen. But qualification for a tournament? Not so much.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:07 PM on May 22, 2008

It's not like it's a tournament that anyone gives a shit about though.

posted by squealy at 06:36 PM on May 22, 2008

And it's not like they'll progress very far anyway.

posted by trox at 09:20 PM on May 22, 2008

So this is kind of like saying let the slow kids get in for good behavior, because, erm, it's kind of a slow kids tournament and the slow kids aren't gonna get that far. I see your circular reasoning and raise you a tautology.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:27 AM on May 23, 2008

I remember a Wimbledon fan who followed the Dons when they made the Inter Toto a few years ago. He said it was fantastic - to see his team in Europe was beyond his wildest expectations, and travelling around to various continental cities in late summer/early autumn was good fun. With the Big Four (TM) monopolising the ECL positions every year, I for one think Euro Vase is a great competition. The last few months have been pretty disappointing for Citeh fans, so this will cheer them up.

posted by owlhouse at 05:27 PM on May 23, 2008

As a City fan, I'm excited that we'll be going to Europe, even on a technicality in the lesser tournament. Look out, Faeroe Islands!

posted by igottheblues at 06:30 PM on May 23, 2008

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