Limp Central European grudge matches

Looking ahead to World Cup qualifiers in September – Part 3

Europe: Group Three

Poor old San Marino. One goal scored, 37 conceded. It’s not looking good for the landlocked microstate. Still, at least we’ll be spared commentators making what they think are clever references to the Most Serene Republic of San Marino and its status as the oldest sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world. Because nobody cares.

Look out for the limp central European grudge matches still to unfold in this group: Czech Republic v Poland, Slovakia v Slovenia and, best of all, Czech Republic v Slovakia on September 5th. They used to be part of the same country but sort of fell out without Bosnia-style repercussions. Cue jokes about homicidal maniacs and Northern Ireland, who face a tough last three games and will do well to finish second.

Forthcoming fixtures:

September 5th

Poland - Northern Ireland

Slovakia - Czech Republic

September 9th

Czech Republic - San Marino

Northern Ireland - Slovakia

Slovenia - Poland

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