FS European Cup:

Introduction:

The FS European Cup is a virtually simulated knock-out cup involving all FIFA members that belong to the UEFA with the exception of Kosovo, as FS doesn’t have any data on their team yet.

The tournament is done with a knockout format. There will be 1 match in a neutral venue that will end in extra time and penalties if necessary.

The tournament consists of a preliminary round featuring the 44 lowest ranked European teams on the FS ranking. The other 10 teams are exempt until round 1.

There is an open random draw, so any team can draw anyone regardless of geographical location, FS ranking, FIFA ranking or political issues. Draws are done using http://www.random.org/

The preliminary round will feature 22 matches, after that round 1 will start with 16 matches and the tournament will then go on until we have a winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preliminary round:

One hattrick was scored in this round by Aleksandar Trajkovski, he scored half of Macedonia’s goals in an easy match against Gibraltar. Andorra and Liechtenstein both considered themselves lucky when they drew each other, it was Andorra who had the last laugh when they beat Liechtenstein 3 to 1.
San Marino almost pulled off a miracle when they drew Norway 0-0 after 90 minutes, Norway still won after extra time. A team that did pull off a miracle was Luxembourg. After half time they already had an incredible 3-0 lead against Slovakia. In the 2nd half Slovakia came back with 2 goals but it wasn’t enough to defeat Luxembourg. Most goals were scored in the match between Cyprus and Moldova. That match ended in 5-4. Cyprus scored the final goal in the 88th minute after Moldova came back from Cyprus’s 4-1 lead.

Iceland 2 – 0 Denmark
Hungary 2 – 1 Czech Republic
Poland 2 – 0 Russia
Austria 2 – 1 Azerbaijan
Latvia 2 – 1 Montenegro
Slovenia 0 – 2 Republic of Ireland
Armenia 1 – 0 Israel
Georgia 3 – 1 Malta
Slovakia 2 – 3 Luxembourg
Cyprus 5 – 4 Moldova
Romania 0 – 3 Wales
Sweden 1 – 4 Bulgaria
Bosnia & Herzegovina 2 – 1 Estonia
Northern Ireland 2 – 0 Finland
Lithuania 1 – 2 Kazakhstan
Andorra 3 – 1 Liechtenstein
Faroe Islands 0 – 3 Serbia
Scotland 0 – 1 Turkey
Albania 1 – 0 Ukraine
F.Y.R. Macedonia 6 – 1 Gibraltar
San Marino 0 – 0 (ET: 0 – 2) Norway
Greece 0 – 1 Belarus

 

 

 

 

 

Round 1:

No hattricks scored in this round, but it was still plenty interesting. We saw a replay of the Euro 2016 as Iceland faced Austria, and just like in real life Iceland was victorious. They won 2-0. Spain had a very unlucky first round draw against Italy, but still managed to achieve a huge victory, they sent Italy home with 5 goals to 1. The biggest surprise however involves the World Champions: Germany. They had quite an easy challenge facing Albania but somehow lost 3-2 ending their tournament very early.

Northern Ireland 1 – 2 Portugal
Poland 2 – 1 Turkey
England 1 – 0 F.Y.R. Macedonia
France 1 – 1 (ET: 2 – 1) Hungary
Netherlands 6 – 0 Kazakhstan
Iceland 2 – 0 Austria
Serbia 3 – 0 Andorra
Croatia 2 – 1 Luxembourg
Switzerland 1 – 1 (ET: 2 – 1) Armenia
Belgium 3 – 0 Cyprus
Spain 5 – 1 Italy
Belarus 0 – 1 Wales
Norway 3 – 1 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Republic of Ireland 1 – 0 Georgia
Albania 3 – 2 Germany
Latvia 0 – 2 Bulgaria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 2:

Another round without any hattricks though with a couple of two goal scorers. Two of them were in the matches with the most surprising results. Wales defeated Spain thanks to two goals from Gareth Bale and Poland defeated France in extra time after 2 goals from Jakub Blaszczykowski. Danny Welbeck also scored 2 against Iceland, helping England to get their revenge for the Euro 2016.

Spain 0 – 2 Wales
Portugal
2 – 1 Republic of Ireland
Croatia 2 – 0 Albania
Iceland 0 – 2 England
Serbia 3 – 1 Norway
Switzerland 1 – 3 Netherlands
France 0 – 0 (ET: 0 – 2) Poland
Bulgaria 0 – 3 Belgium

Round 3/quarter finals:

The Euro 2016 winners are out of the tournament after they lost a penalty shootout against Belgium. England was saved during extra time by two goals from Wayne Rooney. Poland gets another surprising victory, this time over the Netherlands. Wales surprises us this tournament by reaching the semi-finals just like in Euro 2016.

Portugal 0 – 0 (ET: 0 – 0) (Penalties: 3 – 4) Belgium
England 2 – 2 (ET: 4 – 2) Croatia
Poland 3 – 1 Netherlands
Wales 2 – 0 Serbia

Round 4/Semi-finals:

Poland still doesn’t cease to amaze. After France and the Netherlands, England is now victim to their upset victories. A penalty shootout helps them reach the final.
Belgium is not messing around and gained a very large 4-0 victory over Wales. Goals were scored by Dries Mertens, Kevin de Bruyne and a surprising 2 from Marouane Fellaini

Poland 2 – 2 (ET: 2 – 2) (Penalties: 3 – 2) England
Belgium 4 – 0 Wales

Final:

Belgium wins! After the first half ended in 0-0, Christian Benteke scored two goals for Belgium, one in the 55th minute and one in the 78th minute, helping them win the tournament against a surprisingly good Poland.

Poland 0 – 2 Belgium

Lowest ranked teams:

In Round 1: Andorra, #189
In Round 2: Albania, #45
In quarter finals: Serbia, #33
In semi-finals: Wales, #21
In final: Poland, #15