Georgia haven’t made things easy in their recent games against Ireland and having derailed Scotland’s Euro 2016 hopes, Saturday’s opponent’s feel they’re due something against the Boys in Green. Alastair Watt answers some of our questions from Tbilisi as the Republic’s World Cup bid hits crunch time.
A terrible start and a rip-roaring finish, Ireland’s clash with Austria ended with substance thanks to Jon Walters’ equaliser but was worryingly devoid of style. We are still in a brilliant position to qualify for next summer’s World Cup, so why does it feel so precarious? Here are ten talking points after a huge week for Ireland’s qualification hopes.
In 12 months’ time, the FIFA World Cup will kick off in Russia and Copa90 set the scene by explaining why it’s the greatest competition on Earth.
It’s been a bruising few days for the Irish football team. A disastrous tackle has left us shorn of our captain Seamus Coleman while the goalless draw with Wales has seen us slip off the World Cup qualifying group summit. Here are ten talking points.
With the European Championship in France approaching ever faster, Adam Murphy takes a look back at one of the best individual performances seen in a green shirt in recent times. It didn’t come in a major tournament, however, rather a cold September evening in Moscow in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Adidas have ramped up their World Cup onslaught with the release of a slew of away kits of the participating nations. Along with defending champions Spain and contenders Germany, comes the Russian and Argentinian versions.
Events at the World Athletics Championships have shone the spotlight on Russian law and the merits of the country hosting major sporting competitions. Actor Stephen Fry’s recent open letter called for them to be stripped of the Winter Olympics because of draconian homophobic laws just passed in the state. All this raises yet more questions about FIFA’s criteria for World Cup host nations as Robbie Duggan writes.
There’s something about the Olympics. It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts. Every athlete is equal as an Olympian. And countries attire their competitors in the naffest gear. This is the horrific garb the likes of Juan Mata, Jordi Alba, and Javi Martinez will be wearing for Spain. All together now, ‘De de de de de, we’re hating it.”
Bid for the Honey Monster’s jersey worn against Russia and raise money for charity.
(Warning: it comes with some ink stains)
Paul McGrath lauds Richard Dunne’s one man Iron Curtain in Moscow.
“Richard Dunne congratulations The Best performance I have seen from any Irish centre half and that includes myself”