Posts Tagged "Republic of Ireland"

Ireland: O’Neill and Keane, The Rollercoaster Ride Begins

Ireland: O’Neill and Keane, The Rollercoaster Ride Begins

By on Nov 24, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

I’M GETTING OLD – EPISODE 94. I wasn’t looking at the TV when Marian Pahars’ name was first mentioned. But the memories were instant.Into the mind’s eye came the diminutive “Latvian Michael Owen” (which dates the reminiscence) being submerged by fans at The Dell (which dates it again) as he celebrated his first Southampton goal. “Who’s he playing for now?” I...

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O’Neill & Keane – The Dream Team?

O’Neill & Keane – The Dream Team?

By on Nov 7, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Adrian Chiles looked pleased as he was introducing ITV’s Champions League coverage in San Sebastian on Tuesday, stood alongside Ireland’s new management team, Martin O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane. He was even confident/brave enough to liken them to “Laurel and Hardy,” with Keane stood well within arms-reach (Lee Dixon offered “dumb and dumber”, which was...

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The Republic of Ireland: International Football As Tragi-Comedy

The Republic of Ireland: International Football As Tragi-Comedy

By on Oct 18, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Appearances can deceive greatly. On Sunday, I watched my team – who have had such a good start to the season that they are starting to becomeperennially known as “high-flying Kingstonian” – beat Ryman League strugglers Thamesmead Town by a largely expected margin of 4-1. The Thamesmead goalkeeper, the delightfully-named Bob Budd, was responsible for the...

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Euro 2012: Group C – The Final Day

By on Jun 19, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Despite Group C containing three of its best teams, the tension of the final games nearly unravelled the quality with which Spain, Italy and Croatia have sprinkled this tournament to date. Spain’s light blue kit was, dare I say it, a bit scruffy, i.e. it suited players such as the Sergios Ramos and Busquets. They produced, for them anyway, a performance to match....

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Euro 2012: Spain 4-0 Republic Of Ireland

By on Jun 15, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Like they needed the help. Spain were only ever going to be denied victory over Ireland by the sort of rearguard action Giovanni Trapattoni’s men produced in the qualifying group game against Russia in Moscow. But whereas in Moscow the ball usually ended up rebounding off centre-back Richard Dunne’s arse, in Poznan, centre-back Sean St. Ledger ended up on his arse...

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