International Football

Euro 2012: Croatia 3-1 Republic Of Ireland

By on Jun 11, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

If only Robbie Keane’s singing voice had been the low point of the evening. The lyricism of the Irish language is not exactly enhanced by the Dublin accent. When you add Keane’s atonality – and the dirge which is Amhran na Bhfiann, Ireland’s national anthem – you are in a form of hell. And there Ireland’s followers stayed. In parts, Ireland weren’t that bad....

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Euro 2012: Italy 1-1 Spain

By on Jun 10, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

Two of the grand masters of European football cancelled each other out this evening in Gdansk in other match which gave away almost entirely nothing about where the Henri Delaunay Trophy will end up this year. Spain, about whom so many superlatives have been written that it is almost impossible to say anything new about them, and Italy’s enigmatic 2012 edition...

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Come On You Boys In Green! A Second-Generation Irishmans Euro 2012 Perspective

By on Jun 10, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

It’s a difficult choice. Are Italian boss Giovanni Trapattoni’s “well-drilled” Ireland team more difficult to beat, or to watch? Such is the quality of Ireland’s Group C opponents in Euro 2012 – numbers one, four and nine in the last FIFA world rankings I saw – that ‘Trap’s’ team could be difficult to watch in a “hide behind the sofa” manner rather than because of...

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Euro 2012: Germany 1-0 Portugal

By on Jun 9, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

It is a reflection of the curve ball that was thrown into Group B of this summers European Championships that, whilst Portugal may have left the pitch at the end of last nights match against Germany disappointed at having failed to collect a point from their endeavours, they’ll probably feel considerably more confident than they were at the start of the day of...

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Euro 2012: Denmark 1-0 Netherlands

By on Jun 9, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Luck, we could posit, is more complex than simply being a matter of black and white. Whilst the Netherlands have a right to feel a little aggrieved that a couple of refereeing decisions might not have gone their way in Kharkiv this evening, there is a truth in the point that a team featuring such names as Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and John...

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Euro 2012: Russia 4-1 Czech Republic

By on Jun 8, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

There is a school of thought which suggests that part of the reason behind the global success of football lays in its occasionally ruthless depiction of the fallibility of humanity. We watch this game above all others for the brilliance and the horrendous, and all stops in between. The first match of the 2012 European Championships demonstrated this in spades. Both...

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Euro 2012: Greece 1-1 Poland

By on Jun 8, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Euro 2012 kicked off with a bang as the opening game served up something for everyone. Two goals from comedy goalkeeping errors, a controversial sending off, a cast-iron sending off, a saved penalty and an inspired substitution gave more memorable moments than most opening games put together. Poland started strongly with Jakub Blaszczkowski, Robert Lewandowski and...

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Euro 2012: The Runners & Riders – England

By on Jun 8, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Perfidious Albion. The pantomime villains of international football. The team that everybody loves to hate. This year, however, it had been starting to look as if England might have had a quieter time of things. Thrashed out of sight by Germany at the World Cup finals two years ago, a few weeks of navel-gazing was followed by not a great deal changing as...

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