While Ireland and Sweden lock horns in Dublin, Austria will be in action in Munich. With Germany expected to continue their run-away lead towards the World Cup, the Austrians are already looking to next week’s meeting with the Boys in Green in Vienna and dreaming of Brazil, as Georg Sander of 90minuten.at writes.
As the qualifying campaign enters the final straight, Giovanni Trapattoni, despite all the criticism sent his way, has brought Ireland to within touching distance of the playoffs. Host of the YBIG Football Show Dave O’Grady previews the Swedish clash.
As Sweden prepares to meet Ireland in a crucial World Cup qualifier, English language news site The Local’s resident Irishman Patrick Reilly reflects on what it’s like to be a sports fan in an adopted country and the split loyalties that inevitably occur.
It’s been a rough ride for the Green Army since the fall-out from Euro 2012 but with massive games against Sweden and Austria, it’s time for the best fans in the world to stand up for the Boys in Green and roar them on to World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
It’s the most important game so far in the World Cup qualifying campaign for Ireland as Sweden and Ibrahimovic are in town. A defeat will finish us off, while a draw may only prolong Ireland’s chances of making the play off. The YBIG Football Show looks ahead to the crunch encounter.
A request by Swedish fans to march from Dublin city centre to the Aviva Stadium on Friday evening and perform a Tifo display in the grounds, has been turned down by the Gardai and FAI. Up to 6,000 Swedes are expected at the crunch World Cup encounter but the march, which has become a tradition on away trips, has been ruled out by the authorities while an in-stadium display has also been shot down.