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Black Mountain Blues

October 12th, 2010 by · No Comments · Football

Let's put the future behind us - Black Mountain party likes it's 1971

Just like the current, dreadful, Heavy Metal revivalists, the teams spawned from the former ‘Brazil of Europe’ [copyright Jonathon Wilson], are almost a parody of the Yugoslavia national teams of the past.

With Yugoslavia, home to many a technically gifted national team and now divided into six countries [soon to be seven or eight?], that style and those results seem a lifetime away.

However, during this Euro 2012 qualifying campaign it’s been the boys from Montenegro that have taken the spotlight. Only founded in 2007, and with a population of just 600,000, the national team have improved from 199th in the FIFA world rankings to a current 33rd.

Serbia are in meltdown since sacking their coach – they lost to Estonia last week and play Italy tonight in a make or break match. The once-great Croatia, who humbled Germany in a World Cup quarter-final, are top of a very weak group after hanging on to a lead against Israel.

The rest of the ex-republics are also letting the memory of Tito down: Slovenia are still drunk from their fine showing in the World Cup, Bosnia & Herzegovina are struggling in Group D with only one win in three, and Macedonia are second bottom of their group above Andorra – which means bottom in anyone’s language.

So, The Brave Falcons of Black Mountain are left to buck the trend. They top England’s group with three straight wins against Wales, Bulgaria and Switzerland. Whatever happens against England tonight a win against Bulgaria next June will probably see them qualify as the smallest country ever to make a European Championship.

Now that’ll be worth a drum solo.

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