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Trying To Dissect The Thierry Henry Handball

The British media have been gorging on the reflected anger of the Thierry Henry handball saga over the last couple of days or so, but do Irish football supporters need the British media churning up a diplomatic row on the scale of The Bay Of Pigs Crisis over a mistake on the part of a referee?

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November 19, 2009
Ian

Canada & The 1986 World Cup

You wouldn’t know it from the absolute lack of media coverage in the UK, but the CONCACAF Gold Cup – North & Central America’s equivalent of the European Championships – is currently being played out in the USA, and one of the minor surprises of the competition so far has been the progress of the…

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July 12, 2009
Ian

A tale of two managers

The 2010 World Cup kicks off in just 600 days from today.  This fact has made the looming prospect of South Africa seem a little bit too real for Argentina’s coach Alfio Basile.  Following his side’s 1-0 loss to Chile this week – Argentina’s first against those opponents since 1973 – he has resigned his…

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October 18, 2008
Ian

Netherlands 4-1 France

Still the goals keep going, still teams refuse to sit back and merely defend, and still the Dutch look like the best football team at Euro 2008. It’s almost as if the players and the coaches of all the nations have got together and decided to play with the care-free air of an end of…

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June 14, 2008
Ian

France 0-0 Romania

France, as the BBC’s commentator Steve Wilson said as the final whistle went, are in trouble. True enough, but we were all in trouble this afternoon, heading home from work as quickly as possible in order to catch the whole of this afternoon’s match between France & Romania. It was an absolute stinker. Neither team…

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June 9, 2008
Ian

Euro 2008 – Group C

Every tournament has a Group Of Death, thanks in no small part to the occasionally bizarre seeding system that FIFA and UEFA still use for determining who will end up in which seeding pot, but UEFA have really outdone themselves for Euro 2008, contriving to put Italy, Holland and France in the same group. The…

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June 2, 2008
Ian

France 1-0 England (And Other Trivialities)

So, another Wednesday and another week of international friendlies. I’m always somewhat confused over whether we’re supposed to care or not, and you had to at least be somewhat impressed by the marketing skills of the French Football Federation, who somehow managed to convince 80,000 Parisians that France vs England was some sort of major…

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March 27, 2008
Ian
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