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3 October: CL MD2 and UC Round 1 has finished
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So we have 40 more eliminated teams. Holland did great and kept all their 5 teams in UC. In the end it was mostly seede teams that qualified, or a top-10 team. If we leave those out we are left with a handfull of real surprises: Zagreb, Standard, Metalist, Lech and Zilina. 28 out of 40 are teams from the top 10. I wonder how this will be next year. Of course ther will be 48 teams, but what will we see. The new 20% rule sounds like more top-3 teams will be unseeded, especially in the new Europa League, which makes that last Q4 more unpredictable and maybe draw-dependend. We'll see next year.

For now I updated the country'09 and team'09 -predictions. Ther still will be interesting battles, but most seem already finished:
5th France-Russia. Russians seem to go dormant in November/December, that might cost them the 5th spot!
9/10th Portugal-Ukraine. With keeping Benfica, I think Portugal has advantage enough to keeep on their lead
15/16 Belgium-Denmark: Denmark has started losing fast after their winning streak at the beginning. Belgium seem recoverd from their Anderlecht loss (Oh what a score it could have been if Anderlecht was still in!!)
27: Poland has secured at least 1 spot in EL-Q3.
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Congratulations Holland!

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real surprises:NEC, Twente, Feyenoord !!!
teams like Standard, Lech or Zilina are favourite to do to uefa group faze and that teams are now!!!

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