FINNISH QUAL­I­FIERS EARLY

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While watch­ing some of the 2018 World Cup qual­i­fiers, the te­dium of UEFA’S qual­i­fi­ca­tion process made me look at other parts of the world. CONMEBOL have 10 South Amer­i­can teams fight it out in one group, while CONCACAF, Africa and Asia all have pre­lim­i­nary rounds to reach the fi­nal group stage. Europe’s 28 low­est-ranked teams should play against each other for a place in the main qual­i­fy­ing. Bring on Fin­land vs San Marino – the groups ain’t big enough for the both of them. Tony Davies, via email

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