Martin O’Neill’s Ireland slumped to a second consecutive defeat at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Turkey went 2-0 up with Jon Walters replying for the home side. The new manager has a further three post-season games but the Derryman is beginning to realise how much work is needed ahead of the 2016 qualifiers.
On the YBIG Football Show this week, Dave O’Grady speaks to Dundalk defender Andy Boyle. He also catches up with YBIG’s Liam Murray about the Irish fans who took on the Northern Ireland fans in East Belfast and three Irish soccer journalists debate the Irish team ahead of Sunday’s friendly with Turkey.
Legendary Brazilian Ronaldinho will not be returning to Europe after all. According to reports, the two-time World Player of the Year was set to sign for Turkish side Besiktas, but has extended his stay at Atletico Mineiro with whom he enjoyed a stunning 2013. Having led his club to the Copa Libertadores title, the 33-year-old was recently voted South American player of the year in a fan poll, amid clamours for a recall to the Seleção in time for a World Cup swan-song.
Didier Drogba’s Galatasaray is the subject of our latest Crest Love.
GIVEN the law of averages we’re due one, aren’t we? No, I’m not talking about a smile from Mick McCarthy, or an expression from Trap that doesn’t leave the nation baffled (cats in bags – what?), but a win in a play-off. It doesn’t have to be a nine-goal thriller. Or even a thriller, for that matter. At this stage there aren’t many people who wouldn’t take a scrappy affair as long as it ends with us packing our bags (without cats please, Giovanni) for Poland and the Ukraine next Summer.
The Beautiful Game – Turkey’s Fenerbahce banned men from their game with Manisapor on Tuesday. Women and children were allowed in for free and 41,000 turned up. The chant “The referee’s a w*nker” has never sounded so melodic.