2015 CONIFA European Football Cup

The 2015 ConIFA European Football Cup was the first edition of the ConIFA European Football Cup, an international football tournament for states, minorities, stateless peoples and regions unaffiliated with FIFA organised by CONIFA. The tournament was originally planned to be hosted by Ellan Vannin on the Isle of Man; this expanded to then see the group games and placement rounds held in South East England, while the semi-finals, third-place play-off and final would take place in Douglas.[1] However, in March 2015, at the draw for the tournament, it was announced that the tournament would no longer be held in the Isle of Man, instead moving to be hosted by new entrant Székely Land in Hungary.[2] In 2015, ConIFA announced that the tournament would serve as part of the qualification process for the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup, with the top three teams qualifying automatically.

2015 ConIFA European Football Cup
ConIFA EC-2015 Hungary.png
Tournament details
Host country Székely Land (official)
 Hungary (location)
Dates17–21 June
Teams6
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Padania
Runners-up County of Nice
Third placeIsle of Man Ellan Vannin
Fourth placeFelvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png Felvidék
Tournament statistics
Matches played11
Goals scored54 (4.91 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of the County of Nice.svg Franck Delerue
(5 goals)
2017
Padánia - Debrecen, 2015.06.21

TournamentEdit

In June 2014, following the success of the first ConIFA World Football Cup, CONIFA announced that a European international tournament would be held under its auspices in 2015. On the announcement, three CONIFA members applied to host the first European Football Cup, Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Ellan Vannin. Ellan Vannin was announced as the host in August 2014.

HostsEdit

As initially planned, the tournament was to take place wholly on the Isle of Man, with The Bowl, the main stadium on the island, holding all matches. However, the Isle of Man TT races were scheduled for the period of 30 May to 12 June 2015, the day prior to the start of the tournament. As a consequence of the unexpected interest in the tournament, with a consequent lack of hotel and ferry space for both spectators at the TT races and fans wishing to attend the European Football Cup, CONIFA took the decision to restructure the tournament, with the group and placement games to be held at venues in and around London between 14 and 18 June, and The Bowl to be used for the semi-finals and final on the 20 and 21 June.[3] In February 2015, soon after the announcement that the tournament would be split between the Isle of Man and Southern England, the two venues chosen for the group phase of the competition were confirmed as the Kingfield Stadium and Paddy Power Park, respectively the home grounds of Woking, of the Conference National, and Farnborough, who play in the Conference South.

 
Ellan Vannin - Felvidék
 
Ellan Vannin - Felvidék

However, in March 2015, at the draw for the tournament, CONIFA announced that it had taken the decision to move the tournament away from the Isle of Man, with the new hosts being announced as Székely Land. The reasoning for the move was that the logistical and financial issues of hosting what was becoming an increasingly large and potentially popular event, which then was increased from one venue to three, were too great for the Manx hosts to surmount, with the suggestion that Székely Land would be able to obtain the necessary support from the Hungarian government. As a consequence, the whole event was moved; initially intended to take place in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, it was finally placed in the country's second largest city, Debrecen.[2][4]

Debrecen
Stadion Oláh Gábor Út Gyulai István Atlétikai Stadion
   
47°32′58″N 21°38′20″E / 47.549573°N 21.638882°E / 47.549573; 21.638882 (Stadion Oláh Gábor Út) 47°33′10″N 21°38′14″E / 47.552639°N 21.637194°E / 47.552639; 21.637194 (Gyulai István Atlétikai Stadion)
Capacity: 10,200 Capacity: 3,000

ParticipantsEdit

The participants will be drawn into 4 groups of 3. The top 2 teams from each group advance to the quarter finals. There will also be placement games. The following teams will participate in the tournament. The 12 teams have been seeded into three pots, according to CONIFA's rankings:[5] Originally, the Sápmi football team, who had hosted the World Football Cup in 2014, were due to take part, but they were subsequently replaced by Monaco.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3

Subsequently, 3 teams (Franconia, Monaco, Nagorno-Karabakh) cancelled their participation for the 2015 European Football Cup in Hungary, which forced the originally planned scheduled to be revised. The presence of a total of nine teams led to three groups of three being formed.[7] In May 2015, Occitania also announced their withdrawal from the competition, which led to another revision of the match schedule into two groups of four, which CONIFA based upon their ranking points system.[8] In June 2015, another three teams, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Northern Cyprus, were all forced to withdraw, as a result of visa difficulties,[9] while the Felvidek team was added to the line up - leaving two groups of three and six participants in total.[10]

MatchesEdit

Group stageEdit

Key to colours in group tables
Teams that advanced to the semi-finals

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  County of Nice 2 2 0 0 7 3 +4 6
  Felvidék 2 1 0 1 4 5 −1 3
  Székely Land 2 0 0 2 3 6 −3 0
Székely Land  2–3  County of Nice
Hodgyai  
Magyari  
Delerue    
Tchokounte  
Felvidék  3–1  Székely Land
Dalkoni  
Magyar  
Kosa  
Magyari  
Felvidék  1–4  County of Nice
Kosa   Onda  
Delerue  
Romen  
Jaziri  

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Padania 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6
  Ellan Vannin 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
  Romani people 2 0 0 2 3 6 −3 0
Padania  3–2  Romani people
Tignonsini  
Garavelli  
Rota  
Horvath  
Csoka  
Romani people  1–3  Ellan Vannin
Irhas   29' Report Sharkey   11'
Jones   49'
Bass   55'
Padania  1–0  Ellan Vannin
Prandelli  

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
20 June – Debrecen
 
 
  County of Nice3
 
21 June – Debrecen
 
  Ellan Vannin 1
 
  County of Nice1
 
20 June – Debrecen
 
  Padania 4
 
  Padania5
 
 
  Felvidék 0
 
Third place
 
 
21 June – Debrecen
 
 
  Ellan Vannin1 (5)
 
 
  Felvidék 1 (3)

Placement matchesEdit

5th/6th Place
Székely Land  2–4  Romani people
Silion  
Mate  
Oivido    
Irhas  
Horvath  

Semi-FinalsEdit

County of Nice  3–1  Ellan Vannin
Delerue  
Floridi  
Girand  
Jones  
Padania  5–0  Felvidék
Prandelli    
Mazzotti  
De Peralta  
Baruwah  

Third-Place Play-OffEdit

Ellan Vannin  1–1  Felvidék
Bass   Magyar  
Penalties
5–3

FinalEdit

County of Nice  1–4  Padania
Delerue   Tignonsini  
De Peralta    
Prandelli  

ReferencesEdit

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