Direct Replacements Mid-Tournament

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Direct Replacements Mid-Tournament

Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

April 27th, 2013, 2:54 pm #1

There have been many cases of qualifying or invited national teams being 'replaced' before the matches in a tournament have started (most notable example: Denmark coming in for Yugoslavia at Euro '92), but how many have been taken over by another team (including (presumably only) 'by name') in the middle of their schedule?
Unsure if West Germany -> Germany at that tournament would be an example (East Germany did play before unification but had their records nullified), but a notable instance would be Yugoslavia FR essentially being 'replaced' by Serbia and Montenegro in the middle of qualification for Euro 2004...
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Joined: January 24th, 2013, 5:10 am

April 27th, 2013, 5:09 pm #2

I don't think there is any replacement with a name change. After all, federations play tournaments with a team selection.. not countries. The other well known name change was Zaïre to Congo DR in 1997. To replace a team requires some kind of executive decision on behalf of FIFA.
Then you also have Czechoslovakia who were replaced by RCS (Representations of Czechs and Slovaks) during 1994 WC qualifying. Here I imagine FIFA had to acknowledge the change.
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Joined: February 9th, 2011, 2:58 pm

April 28th, 2013, 5:36 am #3

I remember in 2006, just a handful of days before the World Cup, Montenegro declared its independence from Serbia.However, Serbia-Montenegro was officially the name registered for the World Cup.In a famous interview before that tournament, Savo Milošević, the Serbian striker, declared: «I'll dedicate all the eventual goals only to the Serbian people».
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Joined: April 7th, 2007, 12:28 pm

April 29th, 2013, 4:54 pm #4

Do you mean replace as in inherit that team's results / points? It would be more common for a team to withdraw or be disqualified, but it would be strange to bring in a new team to takeover their fixtures. Unless tickets had been sold already.

I have a vague recollection that this has indeed happened but I can't think what/when.
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Joined: April 5th, 2012, 10:54 am

April 30th, 2013, 11:55 am #5

The only "example" of this I can think of was the 1970 North American Soccer League. Back then the league only had six teams, so a number of foreign clubs were invited to play against the league teams with the results counting towards the final standings. One of the teams invited was Hapoel Petah-Tikva of Israel, who didn't get to play Lamar Hunt-owned Dallas Tornado due to a conflict of interest with his Arab oil business. Hapoel would be replaced by Monterrey of Mexico for that one game.
Perhaps not entirely in the spirit of the original post (the touring teams couldn't really care for each other's results), but it does show an example of a team "filling in" for someone else.
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

April 30th, 2013, 3:06 pm #6

nfm24 wrote:
Do you mean replace as in inherit that team's results / points? It would be more common for a team to withdraw or be disqualified, but it would be strange to bring in a new team to takeover their fixtures. Unless tickets had been sold already.

I have a vague recollection that this has indeed happened but I can't think what/when.
I was thinking more in line with Yugoslavia FR > Serbia and Montenegro and the Czechoslovakia > RCS examples, something like the 2006 Serbia and Montenegro participation probably doesn't fit but is still interesting. If they had been replaced by Serbia once Montenegro split (before any matches had been played), it could be included at a stretch, since 'Serbia and Montenegro' were scheduled to play those matches until 'Serbia' took their place, if you know what I mean...
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May 6th, 2013, 3:02 pm #7

In the Intertoto Cup 1964 group C1, Olympiakos played two matches and were then replaced by Panionios. Although I couldn't find any evidence, I think this was because Olympiakos were suspended by the Greek FA because of the riots during the semi-final for the Greek cup against Panathinaikos.
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Joined: October 3rd, 2010, 5:07 pm

May 8th, 2013, 1:37 pm #8

It happened in the Iraqi league in the 1992/93 season.
Five clubs were replaced from clubs from the second division after 46 rounds and played the last 23 games inheriting their match record. The Iraqi League had an erratic promotion/relegation system, the FA would promote a club after a "special decision" from the FA, and also relegate a side on same grounds.
http://www.rsssf.com/tablesi/iraq93.html
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Joined: February 9th, 2011, 2:58 pm

January 31st, 2015, 5:46 am #9

An interesting post by Sensini.

The national team of Congo-Kinshasa/Zaire
played three friendlies versus Dutch and Belgian club teams in autumn of 1971. They were representing Congo-Kinshasa in the first match but
represented Zaire two days later... The name of the country was changed
on 27 October 1971, so in between the first two matches of that tournée.
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Joined: April 7th, 2007, 12:28 pm

January 31st, 2015, 5:22 pm #10

Not unusual to see "name change during a tournament" in independence celebration events. E.g. http://www.rsssf.com/tablesl/lusaka-indep64.html

Would be interested to know if there was a case where the name changed midway through a match.
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

January 31st, 2015, 5:53 pm #11

I knew Ghana was once Gold Coast, but New Horizons is a new one on me ... And that 'Visitors' country seems to have been hidden well in history...
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Joined: April 7th, 2007, 12:28 pm

December 23rd, 2015, 11:15 am #12

Another case (more similar to Denmark 92 than what you were really asking for) was Upper Volta in 1978 AFCON - they took Ivory Coast's spot after both the Ivorians and Mali were disqualified.
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

August 30th, 2017, 6:05 pm #13

A qualifying case and only by flag - Mauritania with what shows up as a minor change in one tournament and a more noticable switch in the other...
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