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Football: Euro 2016 qualifying draw produces ultimate David, Goliath clash

Published on Feb 23, 2014 8:14 PM
Teams drawn for the groups A, B, C,D, E, F, G, H and I are seen on a display during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying draw in Nice, February 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NICE, FRANCE (AFP) - International football newboys Gibraltar were handed a dream draw in the Euro 2016 qualifiers on Sunday, as the continent's leading sides avoided any stern tests.

Tiny Gibraltar, who played their first official friendly after being accepted as a Uefa member in November last year, were drawn in Group D in their first major competition.

There they will take on the might of Germany, who will be bidding to qualify for a 12th consecutive European Championship finals.

The British Overseas Territory were also drawn with Scotland, as well as the Republic of Ireland and Poland in what looks set to be an unforgiving section, but elsewhere Europe's leading powers were largely spared.

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Background story

Euro 2016 Qualifying

GROUP A: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland, Kazakhstan

GROUP B: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Israel, Wales, Cyprus, Andorra

GROUP C: Spain, Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia, Luxembourg

GROUP D: Germany, Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Georgia, Gibraltar

GROUP E: England, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, San Marino

GROUP F: Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland, Faroe Islands

GROUP G: Russia, Sweden, Austria, Montenegro, Moldova, Liechtenstein

GROUP H: Italy, Croatia, Norway, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Malta

GROUP I: Portugal, Denmark, Serbia, Armenia, Albania