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Passage of Play: Quotes

Passage of Play: Felipe Scolari

Brazil coach Felipe Scolari has placed restrictions on the sideways samba at the World Cup this summer. ‘Big Phil’ will allow his players to partake in nocturnal exercises with their wives and girlfriends, as long as it’s not of the ‘acrobatic’ variety. The Selecao boss was responding to a question in Portugal as he continues preparations to win the World Cup on home soil in the summer. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Roy Keane

“If I had a chance to watch any game in the world tomorrow I would go to a hurling match. I’ve been to the Super Bowl, Formula 1 racing, Champion’s League matches, but the All-Ireland is up there with all of them as a great occasion” – Roy Keane professes his love for the small ball. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Noel King

“It’s a football match. Every kid, every adult, you go to a football match and you try to win the game. That’s all I know and that’s my mission: to try and win the game” – Interim coach Noel King has impressed since taking temporary charge of the Irish team. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Paolo Di Canio

“I saw my mother’s face just before the kick-off and it was a very emotional moment for me. I was in the dug out the day after she passed away and we won the game — and it has happened again. My dedication goes to her” – Paolo Di Canio dedicates victory over Newcastle to his late mother Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Ian Harte

It’s a joke. I’ve seen Stephen Kelly’s phone, pretty much every one of the Reading lads have seen it, and we’re thinking: ‘What’s going on’? If the press were to see the full text, that would be the end of Trap. That would be the end of Giovanni Trapattoni Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Stephen Hunt

“I was pissed off, 100pc. Angry, yes. Heartbroken, yes. But no, I never thought about not wanting to play…Trapattoni has his ways. He’s stubborn. But I do like him and I think he is the right man for the job and that’s coming from a person who didn’t play at the Euros” Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Lukas Podolski

“It is an uncomfortable contest. I think their fans are crazy but in a good way. I heard they have a new stadium, there will be 40,000 crazy fans of Ireland. It will be a difficult match, we need to prepare well.” “But of course we will travel there tomorrow and get the three points on Friday.” Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Brian Kerr

“On a personal level, I’m delighted to see so many of the players I had the honour of working with achieve their ambition in getting to these finals. They are, to a man, special individuals at a time when many modern-day players invite spite” – Brian Kerr Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Brian Kerr

Whatever, it will be a fantastic experience for our players to take on Spain and Italy at Euro 2012. It’s a challenge they will, I’m sure, relish rather than fear. We’re well organised, we have a good spirit and great morale – it’s quite possible that we can do something extraordinary. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Darren O’Dea

“I am well used to intimidating atmospheres. You get that going into a restaurant in Glasgow. We are still very much alive and there is not one bit of doubt in the squad that we can’t go to Russia and get a good result. I have absolutely no doubt that next summer we will be in Poland and Ukraine” Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Robert Rich

“I want to help Bedlington Terriers. I’m still learning about British football, and I understand that if they do well on the field it can move up in divisions. If this is the dream the community has, I want to help. I don’t want to become an owner – I just want to help.” Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Shay Given

“Yeah, we lost by 2-0, which wasn’t a good start but I had lots of family, friends and cousins there to see my first game. And I had the privilege to play with Paul McGrath, which was very special. Great memories. I think that one stands out, it’s your first game and it was very special. Roy Keane got sent off that night too.” Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Leon Best

“I got a phone call and it was Mr Trapattoni. But with my heavy accent, his accent, my Italian and his English we had no idea what we were saying. Luckily, Marco Tardelli was there too, so the manager passed the phone to him and we had a chat.” – Leon Best Continue reading →