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Adam Chabukiani: Defying All Odds

The story of a young Georgian refugee, born through the chaos of the Abkhazia War to find his feet in the footballing world.
Started on 5 October 2015 by Jack
Latest Reply on 5 July 2019 by Justice

After a rocky beginning as Switzerland manager, Adam Chabukiani's next task has been unveiled by UEFA as the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifying Groups are announced.

The Swiss FA, in response to the Group 2 pot that Switzerland have been put in have outlines that they expect to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Switzerland will be facing the stern challenge of Portugal in the qualifying stages, with the Selecao the only national team ranked higher in the world rankings at 14th meanwhile Switzerland stand at 20th.

However in complete contrast to high-flyers Portugal, the Swiss will go onto face the worst European team in contention in the form of San Marino, who are usually the whipping boys in this competition as the national team only have five international wins in all their history, and hold the shameful overall goal difference of -695.

But despite San Marino's presence and the 8-0 victory Switzerland had over them in their last meeting, it is not all that easy for the Swiss.

Despite their low international ranking of 127th, Northern Ireland are tough opposition for Chabukiani, having only been denied a EURO 2020 place by a Play-Off defeat to Serbia. Before that they qualified for the EURO 2016 in France which they won one game in out of three. With the threats of Stuart Dallas and Ben Reeves, N. Ireland are a tough side in Group 2.

Finland hold the third highest-ranked place in Group 2 for the World Cup, and rightly so after an impressive Nations League performance last year. With impressive performances internationally and at club level with Celta Vigo, Finland will be relying on 26-year-old Joel Pohjanpalo to lift them into the World Cup next year. Switzerland will be Finland's first opponents in the qualifying stage.

Finally, Hungary, the 89th ranked team in the world are the last team to cover in Group 2. Despite arguably possessing a better footballing history internationally with the legends like Ferenc Puskas and in more recent times Balázs Dzsudzsák, they will be hoping for a sniff at more international glory when the World Cup starts in June 2022. The Eastern Europeans will be relying on star players Péter Gulácsi, Gábor Vida, Szabolcs Varga and Tamás Gahwagi to fire them to the Middle East next year.

In this case, the top team of the group will qualify for the World Cup in Qatar but results between the teams in the top five positions are used to sort teams into the Second Place Teams table.

Despite there being no 'Group of Death's' in this campaign, Group 7 (England, Faroe Islands, Romania, Scotland and Slovakia) and Group 9 (Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Moldova and Spain) seem to be the most balanced groups in the qualification stage in Europe.

In terms of media predictions, Portugal seem to be the front-runners for automatic qualification in Switzerland's group, with the Swiss being the next in line according to the bookies. San Marino are a definite no as N. Ireland, Finland and Hungary are set to battle it out to get somewhere near a qualification spot.
Tough group mate, best of luck!

As we begin to reach the dying embers of the season, we are really staking our claim for a surprise European entrance in our first ever Premier League season. The month started well with two wins against Hull and Newcastle, meanwhile two scoreless draws against Derby and Man United followed with an unfortunate loss to West Brom in our last match of the month.

After yet another impressive month on our part, we sit in eighth place with an impressive +17 goal difference which even top five teams will be envious of. Despite our decent position, we are constantly under pressure by both Wolves and Fulham who are a wins reach away from us, especially with Fulham having a game in hand on us.

It's an unlikely entry, but Simon Mignolet deserves the Player of the Month award for this month with consistently great performances. This shows the most as our keeper only conceded one goal this month in a defence prone to conceding a few goals. Considering the low fee we paid for the Belgian back in August, Mignolet has been a brilliant keeper for us after the £1.6million move from Anfield.

Bradford Park Avenue's summer signing Marc Kuijpers has announced himself by scoring on his Avenue debut against Tottenham Hotspur.

After Matthew Fletcher had to come off in the 38th minute, the 20-year-old Dutchman made his first team debut of his career as Michael Lieblein missed out on the game with an injury.

The score was already 2-0 to Bradford PA by the time Kuijpers made his entrance onto the pitch. Matthew Fletcher opened the scoring in the fifth minute of the game while Jack Hallahan doubled the lead with a goal ten minutes later.

The 6'6" forward became troublesome to handle for the Spurs defenders Eric Dier and Ignacio Durá and eventually made his mark on the game in the second half.

With the Holland Under-19 international linked up with Australian midfielder Ben Blackmore for the third goal of the game. Tom Ince received the ball from Lewis Cook before the winger found Ben Blackmore on the inside. An intelligent run from Kuijpers into the box was found and the former PSV man placed it across the keeper into the bottom left hand corner.

The game finished 3-0 to Bradford and it has pushed them one place further up the league table into 7th place. In our current position it means we can achieve a Europa League Qualifying Stage place.

However, the final run-in for the last eight matches of the season is still difficult as we still have to play Chelsea, Liverpool, Burnley and Manchester City in the Premier League.
Great to see the new boy bedding in well mate! :D
BeanyUnited: I'm hoping to pull through it!

mgriffin2012: Cheers, I'm expecting big things from him now :P

It's another impressive month against three very tough sides in the league as we face Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool who are all within the top ten of the league table. We earned four points out of a possible nine including a very impressive 3-0 win over Tottenham, with debutant Marc Kuijpers bagging a goal on his first-team debut.

We also began our World Cup Qualification campaign for UEFA teams as we faced Finland and San Marino in a month where we took away four points out of the possible six. We will return to international football in June when we face Northern Ireland and Hungary.

With Arsenal likely to finish in a Champions League spot, we will have to fight for a Europa League spot (5th to 7th) if we want a shot in Europe next season. However in our position alone, it would generate £25million in prize money. But saying that, we could easily slip into sixth place with just a win with our superior goal difference.

Internationally, we have got into a good start as we sit in 2nd place after the first two games of the Qualification period. We are two points behind favourites and leaders Portugal who we have yet to play in this campaign.

Starring as one of the standout players of the entire season, Cabella has won my Player of the Month once again. He helped us get a point out of the Liverpool tie and scored in the game where we narrowly lost to Chelsea. He's been a key asset to us this season.

Shame about the results this month, but keep your head up! Europe isn't out of the picture yet!! COME ON BRADFORD PA!!!!!!

nice one!
Loving the graphics more and more bro! That £25 million could be huge for you in the coming few seasons :) Unlucky on the Chelsea result, always a tough game! Internationally everything seems to be going swimmingly :)
If you sneak into Europe... ill be seriously impressed!
Balik: It certainly isn't out of the reckoning just yet!

InfraRed: Thanks! :))

BeanyUnited: Thanks :D But on the potential prize money, we can earn about £5million more if we just get a few positions higher so I'm aiming as high as possible :P

Griffo: Now that would really be a turn up for the books!

Adam Chabukiani is set for three of the biggest matches in his management career as Bradford PA were bailed out by Burnley and Liverpool.

With a shattering 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace on Monday, it was only thanks to the loss that Burnley suffered and the draw Liverpool got against Arsenal which has saved our chances of a Europa League spot next season.

With only three games remaining in the Barclays Premier League for this season, Bradford Park Avenue are hoping to slide into a European spot in their first ever season in the reformed top-flight.

With results going their way in a strange procedure of themselves losing, they now sit only two points behind sixth placed Liverpool, with Burnley and Wolves within touching distance.

Avenue's sizeable goal difference in the league this season of +17 should come in handy in overtaking some of the teams above them on their path towards Europe.

However, Bradford Park Avenue have a tough run-in for their last three games of the season. They will face West Ham at the Olympic Stadium live on television first before coming up against current table-toppers Manchester City.

Chabukiani's men will finish their season on the team one place above them in the league as they face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on 23rd May.

Wolves (8th) will play Burnley who are currently 7th before playing both Crystal Palace and Bradford Park Avenue.

Burnley (7th) have arguably one of toughest run-ins out of the teams in contention for Europe as they play Wolves, Arsenal and Fulham.

Liverpool (6th) have to play Fulham, Everton and Brentford but are still in the Quarter-Finals of this seasons Europa League as they lead 2-1 against Braga in the First Leg of their tie.
Best of luck pal!!
2016-07-04 18:26#234895 BeanyUnited : Best of luck pal!!
Cheers mate :D

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