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Working towards your first win

The qualifying matches for the Euro 2012 competition brings it home that for some teams being beaten and ridiculed is a fact of life. For San Marino, Andorra, Malta, Luxembourg, Faroe Islands and Azerbaijan I could list you teams ending in Juniors, Colts, Youth or animals like PUmas and Tigers – youth teams that find themselves being beaten every week.

But while I feel for the teams that this happens to I also know that the players and the coach will be learning a great deal about themselves and getting better every time they play. I’ve seen teams turn it around during the season. But I doubt Euro 2012 will see any of the bottom seeds will be going to the tournament.

However what a turnaround can do is create a good team – just look at Cyprus. Their rise in recent years owes a lot to an influx of money into their domestic game, which propelled Anorthosis Famagusta and Apoel Nicosia into the group stages of the Champions League.

They have begun to develop as a force – last month’s 4-4 draw in Portugal was an excellent result and points to a strong team.

After amazingly beating Switzerland 2-1 in the recent World Cup qualifying campaign, Luxembourg midfielder Fons Leweck said: “See, with strong morale and good team-work you really can achieve something in football. Nothing is impossible.”

It was Leweck who scored the winner and it was a very clever free-kick – watch it in the clip below


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There are only about a year and start the next great celebration of European football.

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