Date: 10th September 2015 at 11:37am
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With the expansion of the European Championships to 24 teams in France next year, there was always the possibility that a number of teams who have rarely stood a chance at qualifying previously would be better placed to do so, with a third place spot guaranteeing at least a place in the play-offs.

However, the qualifying stage for next year’s tournament has thrown up a number of surprises. Wales and Northern Ireland look set to qualify automatically for the finals for the first time when the next international break comes around in October, while Iceland have already sealed their place at the tournament.

1/7/2012 European Football Championships. Spain v Italy - The Final. Iker Casillas raises the trophy on the podium as the Spanish players join in the victory celebration. Photo: Offside / L'Equipe.

Over the years, a number of qualifying sides for the Euros have raised eyebrows, and here are five sides that unexpectedly made the tournament finals.

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