Both smarting from defeats last Friday and trailing the play-off spot by three points, Austria and Ireland face off in Vienna desperately clinging to hope. Georg Sander of 90minuten.au traces the recent development of Austrian football, claiming the current defence is a weakness, and that former Salzburg coach Trapattoni still holds a fascination for the natives – an allure that has all but disappeared in Ireland.
Some would say he was at the helm of Ireland for too long, with some ageing players, a direct style of play deemed no longer suitable for international football, and, with defeat in Austria, headed for the exit door. There are many parallels between Jack Charlton’s last days as Irish boss and the apparent imminent end of the Giovanni Trapattoni era. Vienna forms the back-drop to both.
As Ireland prepare to take on Austria in Vienna hoping for a miracle, Tuesday’s hosts are recovering from a 3-0 defeat in Munich. Germany inched closer to qualification with goals from Miroslav Klose, equalling the German record, Kroos, and Muller. Meanwhile Kazakhstan, who must defeat Sweden to give Ireland any hope, had to come from behind to beat the Faroe Islands.
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 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 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.
It’s become an abiding memory of the tournament for onlookers around the world, not least in Germany. We look back at the moment when a German TV commentator stopped talking during the fans’ singing of the Fields of Athenry in Gdansk at Euro 2012.
While Ireland are chasing goals in Dublin, our group rivals Austria and Sweden clash in Vienna. If that game finishes level and the Boys in Green win, they’ll move second in World Cup qualifying Group C.
Giovanni Trapattoni has named his provisional Irish squad for the upcoming bumper four match series involving the World Cup qualifier with the Faroe Islands and the glamour fixtures with England in Wembley and Spain in New York. Norwich’s Anthony Pilkington is included but is due to be married in the middle of the packed two-week schedule.
Giovanni Trapattoni’s mobile bill is set to soar this summer as he’ll need to name a bumper Irish panel to cater for a gruelling four matches in two weeks. There’s sure to be room for squad hopefuls and possible recalls as Ireland prepare for a historic meeting with England in Wembley, a World Cup qualifier, and a reunion with Spain in New York.