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Thread: Will We Be Going To Baku?

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    Will We Be Going To Baku?

    https://www.theguardian.com/football...mselves-cannot

    Barney Ronay thinks we shouldn't be.

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    Can't see it happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    Can't see it happening.
    For the reasons in the article or because Covid-19 will still be going on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardM View Post
    For the reasons in the article or because Covid-19 will still be going on?
    The competition's experimental format is the worst option possible if fans are to attend games all around Europe (and indeed beyond the Caucasus) and the country's internal conflict threatens security to boot. Not a great combination.

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    Mustn't happen too dodgy for everyone

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    I'm sure most fans will put aside its political and humanity worries in the quest for a few beers , good old boys trip and a footy game .

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    Nope, not me personally no way hose A.
    There will be die hards who will if it does go ahead but shirley common sense will prevail.

    All games in the UK including the CCS. Simples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacAdder View Post
    Nope, not me personally no way hose A.
    There will be *die hards* who will if it does go ahead but shirley common sense will prevail.

    All games in the UK including the CCS. Simples.
    Never has the term "die hards" been more appropriate. You'd have to be stupid to travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UNDERHILL1927 View Post
    Never has the term "die hards" been more appropriate. You'd have to be stupid to travel.
    That is a bit harsh. Just because you wouldn’t go doesn’t make people who are more adventurous ’stupid’.

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    Re: Will We Be Going To Baku?

    Quote Originally Posted by RichardM View Post
    https://www.theguardian.com/football...mselves-cannot

    Barney Ronay thinks we shouldn't be.
    Baku, and then potentially Qatar. No thanks to either. Please wake me up when it's time to go to Germany!

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    If there any bus trips with wrap around hotel stays feel free to share .

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    And the Turkey fixture could prove to be heated given they border Azerbaijan and backed them militarily to help win the conflict.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madassa View Post
    And the Turkey fixture could prove to be heated given they border Azerbaijan and backed them militarily to help win the conflict.

    Turkey doesn't border Azerbaijan, it borders Armenia

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLUETIT View Post
    Turkey doesn't border Azerbaijan, it borders Armenia
    I take your point and don't really disagree but technically speaking there is an Azeri enclave in Armenia which does have a very small border with Turkey. Whatever the geographic technicalities they are close by and firm allies and so I assume the locals will firmly back the Turks against us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLUETIT View Post
    Turkey doesn't border Azerbaijan, it borders Armenia
    Covert operation join the Azerbaijan Army cross border, hide uniforms in bushes ( real ones ) and repeat on return , simples .

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    Re: Will We Be Going To Baku?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Dandruff View Post
    That is a bit harsh. Just because you wouldn’t go doesn’t make people who are more adventurous ’stupid’.

    🤷*♂️
    Turn of phrase, should have said, "I think they'd be stupid to travel for the sake of a football match", they can do what they like.

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    Re: Will We Be Going To Baku?

    Quote Originally Posted by Madassa View Post
    And the Turkey fixture could prove to be heated given they border Azerbaijan and backed them militarily to help win the conflict.
    That's Christmas for you.

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    Re: Will We Be Going To Baku?

    Quote Originally Posted by Madassa View Post
    I take your point and don't really disagree but technically speaking there is an Azeri enclave in Armenia which does have a very small border with Turkey. Whatever the geographic technicalities they are close by and firm allies and so I assume the locals will firmly back the Turks against us.
    Most football lovers in Azerbaijan are somewhat like our plastics, they support either Galataseay or Fenerbrache. When they play each other in the league you can't move in the centre of Baku for flag wielding fans. But I doubt that would translate to the national team at all. I never saw it.

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    Its going to be without fans so just play the whole thing in one country.

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    There is martial law in Baku at the moment with a 9pm curfew. That said an international agreement has been agreed with Armenia, co-signed by Russia as peacekeepers in the troubled region. With Covid it isn't a place I would venture to now.

    That said I was there for the qualifying game this time last year and Baku is a pretty relaxed place on the surface at least and an enjoyable place to visit.

    Come June, all things being equal, you are probably at greater risk of something untoward happening to you in Rome generally, and at the match specifically than if you venture to Azerbaijan.

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    I've been looking forward to my trip to Baku and then Rome. The fighting has been in Nagorno-Karabakh, the other side of the country from Baku, so I was hoping that it will be safe to travel and that we will all have Covid-19 vaccinations by then.

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    Re: Will We Be Going To Baku?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyril evans awaydays View Post
    There is martial law in Baku at the moment with a 9pm curfew. That said an international agreement has been agreed with Armenia, co-signed by Russia as peacekeepers in the troubled region. With Covid it isn't a place I would venture to now.

    That said I was there for the qualifying game this time last year and Baku is a pretty relaxed place on the surface at least and an enjoyable place to visit.

    Come June, all things being equal, you are probably at greater risk of something untoward happening to you in Rome generally, and at the match specifically than if you venture to Azerbaijan.

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    Re: Will We Be Going To Baku?

    Quote Originally Posted by RichardM View Post
    I've been looking forward to my trip to Baku and then Rome. The fighting has been in Nagorno-Karabakh, the other side of the country from Baku, so I was hoping that it will be safe to travel and that we will all have Covid-19 vaccinations by then.
    More to thepoint, the ex-pat bars will be open again by then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xsnaggle View Post
    More to thepoint, the ex-pat bars will be open again by then.


    Ready to rip you off !!!!

    Stick to local bars, much cheaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLUETIT View Post
    Ready to rip you off !!!!

    Stick to local bars, much cheaper
    The ex pat bars are the only bars and they don't rip you off. The locals generally don't go to pubs except to play pool.
    My buddy owns one and he has never ripped anyone off. Go to the London Bar or The Office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xsnaggle View Post
    The ex pat bars are the only bars and they don't rip you off. The locals generally don't go to pubs except to play pool.
    My buddy owns one and he has never ripped anyone off. Go to the London Bar or The Office.

    It always amazes me, people travel to a foreign country and the first thing they do, is head for an Irish/Ingurlish bar !!!!!

    It’s comical

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    we're hardly allowed out of the house

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    Re: Will We Be Going To Baku?

    Quote Originally Posted by BLUETIT View Post
    It always amazes me, people travel to a foreign country and the first thing they do, is head for an Irish/Ingurlish bar !!!!!

    It’s comical
    In Baku all the bars in the centre cater for expats, brit US German what ever. If they relied on local custom they'd be closed in a week. When you live and work there you just naturally gravitate to where people you know go.
    But thats only for the beer, for everything else it is far better using the local shops tailors cafes restaurants etc. Lovely people for the most part. I used a tailor when I'm there. He has a little place under the stair well in an appartment block about 5 doors from the London pub.. He'd do any alterations or repairs you wanted in less than 24 hours and was so cheap it was unreal. Great guy.

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    Re: Will We Be Going To Baku?

    Quote Originally Posted by xsnaggle View Post
    In Baku all the bars in the centre cater for expats, brit US German what ever. If they relied on local custom they'd be closed in a week. When you live and work there you just naturally gravitate to where people you know go.
    But thats only for the beer, for everything else it is far better using the local shops tailors cafes restaurants etc. Lovely people for the most part. I used a tailor when I'm there. He has a little place under the stair well in an appartment block about 5 doors from the London pub.. He'd do any alterations or repairs you wanted in less than 24 hours and was so cheap it was unreal. Great guy.
    I’ve been there

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    Re: Will We Be Going To Baku?

    Quote Originally Posted by BLUETIT View Post
    I’ve been there
    Where? to the London pub? It may have moved lol.

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