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9-a-side EU Cup to be held in London, October 9

EuropeChiswick Rugby Club in London will host the inaugral EU Cup 9-a-side tournament on Sunday, October 9th, featuring a mixture of club sides and national squads from countries around Europe. The EU Cup is in some regards a continuation of the Central European AFL championships held previously - de facto national sides of developing Aussie Rules nations attending along with club sides from countries where the controlling body did not send an official squad. Currently slated to attend are sides from England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Holland, France, Austria, Belgium, Sweden and Spain - though early reports suggest the competition is likely to be a majority Australian-expat event.

The tournament has created some political friction within European footy circles, some leagues telling clubs their players are welcome to attend and even call themselves by their country's name, but are under no circumstances to claim to represent the country's national body. The English side is not in any official capacity connected with the BARFL, and as such is playing under the banner of the 'England Dragonslayers'.

Some sides in attendance will be the de facto national side, as is the case for Belgium and Austria, where the teams attending are the only Aussie Rules clubs in those countries. The French national side will comprise a selection picked from the only two clubs in France. Scotland will be represented by players from the Scottish ARFL, playing under the banner of the Scottish Puffins.

An official draw has been announced with ten sides included, but some suggestion has been made that at least two of these sides are in doubt, with confusion in the Spanish camp as to whether a team had actually been confirmed and no confirmation from the as yet unnamed Irish club side whether they will indeed attend.

If the EU Cup can be used for the strengthening of football in Europe, without political storms arising, then it would be hard to argue with its merits. The footy world hopes that this will be the case.
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9-a-side EU Cup to be held in London, October 9
Authored by: Nino on Thursday, September 15 2005 @ 06:41 am ACST

Spain will not participate in this tournament. Not because of any political issue.. just a problem of founding. Spainsh players' budget is seriously damaged with the travel to Melbourne (IC). We had only 6 players ready to go, so we've decided not to trake part in the EU Cup.

It's a pity not to play with our legendary belgian rivals (among others). ;-)

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Support footy in Spain

9-a-side EU Cup to be held in London, October 9
Authored by: Julian Clark on Tuesday, September 20 2005 @ 01:10 am ACST

Hey Ninomu,

Why don't the 6 interested players still attend and join the Catalonia squad ???

It is meant to be a team representing all of the footy going on in Spain.

Cheers
Rooster

9-a-side EU Cup to be held in London, October 9
Authored by: Nino on Tuesday, September 20 2005 @ 05:37 pm ACST

Rooster,

I reaaaaaally tried to make this possible.

Politics vs. common sense... and common sense loses (again) :-/

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Support footy in Spain

9-a-side EU Cup to be held in London, October 9
Authored by: Allroy on Wednesday, September 21 2005 @ 11:19 am ACST

The Scottish guys are looking forward to getting down there and taking on all you guys. Should be a good tournament. Hopefully as many sides as possible will be turning out players from their local leagues rather than cramming them with Aussies. Whats the point otherwise!

9-a-side EU Cup to be held in London, October 9
Authored by: Pere on Monday, October 03 2005 @ 08:59 am ACST

ninomu, what you're saying is not true. You (as Spain) were going to go to London without even calling us (the players in Catalunya). When you saw you weren't going to be enough people to play because of economic problems, you decided to withdraw, again without asking us if we could help you. Finally, we received a call from the EU Cup organization inviting us to participate. Obviously, we just did the same as you did, with the difference that we play under Catalunya's name, so noone from Madrid will play with us, but you were going to play under España's name, and we could have been included but you always (including the World Cup) left us apart.

I don't see any political reasons in all this. Do you?

9-a-side EU Cup to be held in London, October 9
Authored by: Nino on Monday, October 03 2005 @ 10:24 am ACST

I only have to say that I won't follow this troll. Ask Pere Moliner for contacts to create a team with members of Madrid (and some other parts of Spain) and Cataluña after our player arrived from Melbourne. Get informed first, mate!

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Support footy in Spain

9-a-side EU Cup to be held in London, October 9
Authored by: Pere on Thursday, October 06 2005 @ 04:13 am ACST

Just so you know, ninomu, Im no troll. I wrote that after being with Pere Moliner the day before. I am one of the players who is going to be in London representing Catalonia.

So... yes, I am informed.