I would possibly go to Estonia if we drew them. The rest of the places would be difficult to get to? Wouldn’t go to Turkey in a million years the Turks are mental at the best of times. No offence Rocko
It would be quite the achievement if we could qualify for Euro 2012 as traditionally it is always a tougher tournament to get to than the World Cup and unlike the World Cup you generally get very good teams without the also rans. It would also be ironic as this team is probably the worst Irish team man for man we have had for at least 20 years. Better teams that these lads have failed to qualify for big tournaments, including some of these lads when they were younger and in their prime.
Sarajevo, Podogrica, Talinn - are great away trips surely. Would love to be going to one of those.
Istanbul yeah not so much.
In the multiple highlights of European games I watched at the weekend, Turkey looked ridiculously shit at the back against Germany. Their number 2 at centre half looked to have the composure of Paul McShane.
It would be quite the achievement if we could qualify for Euro 2012 as traditionally it is always a tougher tournament to get to than the World Cup [/quote]
Eh, surely they are equally tough to qualify for? There’s pretty much the same amount of qualifying spots going.
Poor old Cascarino got in a fight with a load of them dirty turkish cunts that night. Didnt Dean Kiely have a great game in goal out there, I think he did anyway.
Seem to recall Roy Keane’s absence being crucial for that playoff but there was a ridiculous Lee Carsley handball in the first leg that proved decisive
Belgium were another fairly shite team we met and lost to in the playoffs. Think it was Irwin with tfk in the home leg, finished 1-1 anyway in Dublin. Seem to recall we put a brave show away from home with Houghton scoring but Connolly came on and got sent off which kind of killed us. Though for one of those Belgian goals, there were some disgraceful refereeing decisions. Think it was former Villa player Luc Nilis with the winner for them.
Can’t remember much about the away leg in Turkey, but then I doubt many do as it wasn’t on the TV. Remember Dunphy going on a classic rant the night before it about Bertie Ahern ringing up the Turkish Prime Minister to try and persuade them to let RTE show it. “Their Prime Minister is going to pick up the phone and find Bertie Ahern on the other end., “What do you want, Mr. Irish Prime Minister? Have you rung to give us some aid towards rebuilding the hundreds of thousands of homes that were destroyed in the recent earthquake in which 40,000 people died?” “Eh, no boss. We want de match on the telly.” It’s a bloody insult to their nation.”
We were missing Keane, Irwin, Quinn and Staunton for the away leg in Belgium. We would have qualified with them.