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[Football] Which European Nations Are The Real Powerhouses ?

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Brighton Lines

The Manifestation of Moribund
Apr 5, 2014
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A phrase often used at the moment is 'powerhouse' in reference to a 'major' team in the Euros.

So...

I've done a table based on the last ten major competitions since 2000. Namely the Euros and the World Cup.

As in knockout games there are 'fine lines' between success and failure, points have been awarded per performance as follows:

6-Winner
5-Finalists
4-Semis
3-Quarters
2-Second Round
1-Qualified

The final table reads as follows:

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On the basis that a minimum requirement to be a 'powerhouse' is at least one final appearance in that time, we see a 'big 6' (all of whom have more than one).

England's status, as many folk feel, is confirmed as 'the best of the rest'.

Ominously, if Germany get out of the group stages they always reach the last four.
 
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bhafc99

Members
Oct 14, 2003
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Dubai
But, you left out Scotland?

Top five, at least, surely, after their magnificent tournament-winning victory at Wembley the other week?

The last triumphant revellers are only just starting to leave the fortnight-long victory parade in Leicester Square.
 

Brighton Lines

The Manifestation of Moribund
Apr 5, 2014
19,813
But, you left out Scotland?

Top five, at least, surely, after their magnificent tournament-winning victory at Wembley the other week?

The last triumphant revellers are only just starting to leave the fortnight-long victory parade in Leicester Square.

Scotland, don't remember them. Hang on, weren't they the ones who rang up asking advice on arrangements at major tournaments ? Thought it was a prank call.

Alas, it covers the ten tournaments from 2000 and not the current one. They're guaranteed joint 35th, although Albania will have won more matches.

I probably won't be around the next time they call.
 

Brighton Lines

The Manifestation of Moribund
Apr 5, 2014
19,813
Last night was England's first knockout victory over one of the 'top six' since 1996. The previous one being 1968. Both Spain.
 

Brighton Lines

The Manifestation of Moribund
Apr 5, 2014
19,813
England now above Netherlands.

They enter the top six.

We are now a POWERHOUSE. Albeit, smallest one.

And England spoiled Germany's record of always reaching the semis when leaving the group.
 

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