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