Lining up for the friendly against the Netherlands on 14.3.84.
When one looks up ‘meaningless friendly’ this match must surely be near the top of that list! They would lose the match 6-0. Still, they would reach the semi’s of Euro ‘84 and would go on one of the great runs of world football during the next 24 months.
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Source: Sport Illustrierte, Poster
“But this time Egypt failed to qualify, Anglophone power Nigeria won’t be there, and the socio-historical power dynamics might once again find some space on the pitch. My somewhat miscellaneous tabular preview is below — this time without much commentary, leaving most of the hypothesizing to you (for now). I would just observe quickly that the French influence this year seems ubiquitous; 9 of 16 teams have Francophone history, the largest delegation of foreign coaches are French (4, compared to 7 locals—which is a fairly significant local contingent compared to recent tournaments), and 8 of 15 squads draw more players from French professional teams than from any other foreign league system (the 16th squad — Sudan — has an entirely domestic roster). Whether that proves an advantage or not, we’ll soon see.”
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