Trigrammes

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Trigrammes

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

July 26th, 2017, 5:15 am #1

A place to discuss all things from the exciting world of official 3-letter country codes, also known as trigrammes.
Initial observations to point out:
- Wondering what the reason is for Kosovo being "KVX" when "KOS" is very much available?
- As amusing as any matchup between SWEDEN and DENMARK is for the scoreboards (amongst others), FIFA could find themselves in a bit of a bother at the U-17 World Cup this year should first-time qualifiers Niger end up progressing through the group stage and end up at some point playing Germany (in that order)... which begs the question of do they stick to the official codes that they probably have countless rules ensuring the sacredness of, or do they make a temporary change to avoid the inevitable storm of proverbial that would be heading their way in that situation?
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Joined: December 26th, 2008, 11:44 am

July 26th, 2017, 6:41 am #2

as Germany officialy is named Bundesrepublik Deutschland, which is Federal Republic of Germany, it can be abbreviated as FRG. Wasn't this the abbreviation of former West-Germany? It was, but West-Germany also was named Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
Another solution could be al German states will continue as independent states.....
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Joined: April 5th, 2012, 10:54 am

July 26th, 2017, 8:04 am #3

UEFA stuck to their guns last year and went with the #RUSWAL hashtag instead of the "funny one", so we know they can be spoilsports...
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Joined: April 7th, 2007, 12:28 pm

August 1st, 2017, 4:57 am #4

The mauve derby, Puerto Rico-Palestine

The whisky derby, Scotland-Czechoslovakia

The Thai capital derby, Bangladesh-Cook Islands

The belch derby, Burma-Peru

The Greek alphabet derby, Chile-Philippines

etc
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Joined: February 9th, 2011, 2:58 pm

August 30th, 2017, 4:57 am #5

If San Marino change their code from SMR to SAN, Matt can sponsor an eventual match against Germany... SAN-GER 😁
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

August 30th, 2017, 4:19 pm #6

I'm flattered, but that trigramme's grandfathered in pretty tight. Got a better chance of San Esperito, San Andreas, or San Marcos merging into our reality. And now I feel another thread coming on, because who wouldn't want San Marcos around if it meant hanging out with this lot:



More realistic potential SAN takers include Sandzak, Santa Cruz, San Andres y Providencia (although they strike me more as a SAP), and if we take the zombie route then San Marco...
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Joined: February 9th, 2011, 2:58 pm

September 4th, 2017, 5:09 am #7

Imagine a hypothetical tournament with Madagascar, Guyana, Canada, Bangladesh and Jamaica. It would jump out a sort of threat for every jam lover... MAD GUY CAN BAN JAM
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Joined: April 5th, 2012, 10:54 am

September 4th, 2017, 12:44 pm #8

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

September 4th, 2017, 5:46 pm #9

mattsanger92 wrote: I'm flattered, but that trigramme's grandfathered in pretty tight. Got a better chance of San Esperito, San Andreas, or San Marcos merging into our reality.
And who can forget San Serriffe in that list?
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Joined: April 5th, 2012, 10:54 am

October 15th, 2017, 7:20 am #10

mattsanger92 wrote:FIFA could find themselves in a bit of a bother at the U-17 World Cup this year should first-time qualifiers Niger end up progressing through the group stage and end up at some point playing Germany (in that order)... 
We were so close...
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

October 16th, 2017, 10:23 am #11

Content warning. (The word in all its forms completely rubs me the wrong way, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't find those videos funny - part cringe humour, part extremity).

Close call for FIFA though, and while Germany and Niger can't meet until the Final now, Germany are in the top half of the draw so in TV listing terms it's a bullet dodged.

Not sure it's a situation I'd wish on anyone to have to PR their way out of, although it does give me an idea for when the World Cup game comes out next year to see if they've programmed some kind of way to avoid it (or if they think it's not worth the effort due to the low odds of someone picking a "🇳🇪🇩🇪 (or 🇬🇭)" match and noticing the Trigramme situation and caring enough to let other people know about it... oh (I wouldn't go running to the tabloids though)). Or if I dig out an older console I'll try it out a bit sooner on one of the previous games. Personally I don't think it should have to be censored, it's a quirk of the system and anyone who woukd get offended by something completely unintentional like that is looking for it.

In the meantime, CAF did have that "🇳🇪 v 🇬🇭" problem once and not so long ago, it seems to have brushed by relatively unnoticed. No 'live' graphics in the only video I found but you'd have to assume they used the codes as normal.

I stand by the idea that the higher-ranked team (when there's no other performance-based way of deciding a 'home team' in a neutral venue) should be given top billing (or in this case, left billing) on the TV graphics (they can still allocate the dressing rooms and kit choice differently if that's what they need), would eliminate a lot of the potential problems of this scenario unless Niger got really good...
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

October 24th, 2017, 10:49 am #12

New content warning for below.

I followed through on the experiment I mentioned above, and as expected FIFA/EA didn't cave in and censor this unique and only-offensive-if-you're-looking-to-be-offended scenario:

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Spoiler alert - I was playing as Niger, and Germany won 1-0 in extra time 😢. Not too bad but could have done a lot better, I've overcome bigger odds in these games before...
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Joined: February 9th, 2011, 2:58 pm

October 24th, 2017, 2:09 pm #13

The 🇳🇪-🇩🇪 trigramme at Ellis Park! I thought South Africa had already abolished apartheid...
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

October 24th, 2017, 2:27 pm #14

Luca wrote: The 🇳🇪-🇩🇪 trigramme at Ellis Park! I thought South Africa had already abolished apartheid...
I was going more for a symbolic diffusal of that trigramme problem at the place most associated with anti-racism in sport (not that that game gives you any choice to play a World Cup match outside of 🇿🇦 anyway), but I can see how it's also potentially controversial...
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Joined: February 9th, 2011, 2:58 pm

October 24th, 2017, 2:54 pm #15

Yeah, of course. I knew apartheid was 🇧🇩-🇳🇱   
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

October 24th, 2017, 4:08 pm #16

🇨🇦 you 🇵🇸🇦🇿 stop... 😉
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Joined: April 7th, 2007, 12:28 pm

October 25th, 2017, 8:50 am #17

All this nonsense just illustrates further the fact that the abbreviations are unnecessary in the first place when the full name of the country can easily be used.  Similarly the constant use of small flags.
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

October 25th, 2017, 10:48 am #18

nfm24 wrote: Similarly the constant use of small flags.
Boo!

(Or should that be "🇧🇹!"... admittedly it's a stretch.)
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Joined: April 5th, 2012, 10:54 am

October 25th, 2017, 2:52 pm #19

Small flags, let's be havin' ya!
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Joined: October 31st, 2006, 5:16 pm

October 25th, 2017, 7:55 pm #20

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Joined: April 7th, 2007, 12:28 pm

October 26th, 2017, 1:51 pm #21

Stop using all these high resolution images, my non-superfast-broadband cannot deal with it!
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

November 14th, 2017, 1:39 pm #22

They're usually so quick and the first to make all the jokes, but on this occasion Roon Ba > South Park.

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