So the draw has been made today for the 2019 UEFA European U-21 Championship Qualifying
, but notably San Marino are involved in the process despite being
co-hosts for the Finals, their partners Italy will receive an automatic
passage. You can make a million and one jokes about why
this decision was made, but it does seem unfair that a host nation does not recieve the widely-applied courtesy of their team's automatic qualification. The ratio of stadiums used is 4:2 for Italy
, but that's still a significant portion of involvement for San Marino and UEFA themselves mention 'Road to Italy and San Marino' in their article.
Barring a mammoth achievement from San Marino's young players or a UEFA u-turn (not sure which is more unlikely), a host nation will not be present at their own tournament, any other examples of this (major or minor)?
Only ones I can think of off the top of my head are the 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup
, 2010 UEFA U-17 Euros
(more the host Liechtenstein's own choice to withdraw, bit defeatist IMO), and probably at least one of Euro 2020
's many co-hosts. Funnily enough all three of those are for different reasons...