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    This might sound like a totally misguided idea and there's probably an obvious explanation to this, but why is the UK the only state (as far as I know) to be allowed to send several teams to the World Cup / European Championships?
    I know that historically, the first international matches were between different nations of the British Isles (Wales v Ireland in 1897 right?). So did they just decide to continue the tradition?
    Why is it so unconceivable for the UK to have their own team? We missed out on Ryan Giggs, George Best...

    I'm surprised that there have never (or have there) complaints from other countries about sending several teams from the same country.

    Spain is a good example: Catalunya is more or less a separate nation (even more than Scotland or Wales are) in Spain. So are the Basque and Galician nations. But they certainly don't send several teams to Championships
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    (Original post by SamTheMan)
    This might sound like a totally misguided idea and there's probably an obvious explanation to this, but why is the UK the only state (as far as I know) to be allowed to send several teams to the World Cup / European Championships?
    I know that historically, the first international matches were between different nations of the British Isles (Wales v Ireland in 1897 right?). So did they just decide to continue the tradition?
    Why is it so unconceivable for the UK to have their own team? We missed out on Ryan Giggs, George Best...

    I'm surprised that there have never (or have there) complaints from other countries about sending several teams from the same country.

    Spain is a good example: Catalunya is more or less a separate nation (even more than Scotland or Wales are) in Spain. So are the Basque and Galician nations. But they certainly don't send several teams to Championships
    I think even though there may be different divisions within countries that may render them almost entirely separate countries...they are part of the same country..whereas scotland and england and wales are considered separate countries in their own right

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    some other countries does it too...

    china has 4 teams.
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    (Original post by 6 String)
    some other countries does it too...

    china has 4 teams.
    Do they?? But thye only have one national team which competes in international tournaments don't they....like at the world cup in 2002.

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    (Original post by gzftan)
    Do they?? But thye only have one national team which competes in international tournaments don't they....like at the world cup in 2002.

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    no, thats coz thats the only team that qualified, bit like england's the only team.

    they have china, hong kong, macau, chinese taipei
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    (Original post by 6 String)
    no, thats coz thats the only team that qualified, bit like england's the only team.

    they have china, hong kong, macau, chinese taipei
    Oh right....but was the hong kong team est pre handover?? and isn't taipei in taiwan...which strictly speaking isn't part of china??? Not sure about macau

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    What about Korea? There is a North and South Korea team.
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    (Original post by gzftan)
    Oh right....but was the hong kong team est pre handover?? and isn't taipei in taiwan...which strictly speaking isn't part of china??? Not sure about macau

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    all 4 together counts as china.

    hong kong and macau always has a team before and after the handover.

    taiwan is consider chinese territory and not a country, thats why its always called chinese taipei and not taiwan.
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    (Original post by 6 String)
    all 4 together counts as china.

    hong kong and macau always has a team before and after the handover.

    taiwan is consider chinese territory and not a country, thats why its always called chinese taipei and not taiwan.
    Oh right...that makes more sense now...cheers

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    (Original post by gzftan)
    Oh right...that makes more sense now...cheers

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    hehe no problem, just sharing my knowledge

    and i think in the end, its all down to history
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    (Original post by gzftan)
    I think even though there may be different divisions within countries that may render them almost entirely separate countries...they are part of the same country..whereas scotland and england and wales are considered separate countries in their own right

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    Actually it's totally the opposite. And even before Scotland got a parliament it was even more the opposite: Catalunya is a much more autonomous entity than say, Wales or Scotland.
    I'm always surprised by the confusion there is with the UK (even abroad, people are so confused that basically to keep things simple UK=England which really doesn't help).
    England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland can be considered as countries,since a lot of people in these regions like to be considered as a nation. But they're certainly not countries in the sense of a "state". Last time I looked there was no Welsh representative at the UN.
 
 
 
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