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just a contemporary football thread as the other ones are too old and fragmented
and too many (of my) football related posts were derailing non football threads.

anti drugs advert from Egypt I meant to post for a couple of years.
this really shows the magic of Mohammed Salah.

the three goals I've seen this season scored from by players from their own half -

Kemar Roofe (Rangers v Standard Liege)

Jordi Gomez (Omonia Nicosia v PSV). those left footers - 56 metres !
beat Roofe's distance record which only stood for a week. Gomez scored a few from way out when he played in England.

Aybol Abiken (Kazakhstan v Albania) Albania go 2-0 up then @ 2:52 Abiken scores from the kick off.
 

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Not much of a football fan, but I can usually keep track of what is going on if I put some slight effort in. Cannot get my head around the current Premier League & Champions League schedule, or any sport really. Nothing looks real.
 

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and the World Cup qualifiers will all have to be played next year.
Ireland's group isn't too bad at all - still need a striker out of somewhere very quickly,

on Sunday a UK minister George Eustice said they Millwall 'fans' were within their
rights to protest when they booed the players taking the knee against Derby.
he can FUCK OFF and ask himself would he tolerate that on Poppy Day.

remember the the time the Corsican and Breton fans jeered the French anthem
before the Coupe de France final ?
the match got delayed on the personal orders of President Jacques Chirac who went ballistic.
so much for ''freedom of expression''
 

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and the World Cup qualifiers will all have to be played next year.
Ireland's group isn't too bad at all - still need a striker out of somewhere very quickly,

on Sunday a UK minister George Eustice said they Millwall 'fans' were within their
rights to protest when they booed the players taking the knee against Derby.
he can FUCK OFF and ask himself would he tolerate that on Poppy Day.

remember the the time the Corsican and Breton fans jeered the French anthem
before the Coupe de France final ?
the match got delayed on the personal orders of President Jacques Chirac who went ballistic.
so much for ''freedom of expression''
Shouldn't the French call it 'piedjoue' or something
 

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Yes, the WC group Is not bad at all.
Portugal should win the group at a canter.. if Ireland weren't deeply mired 'in transition' at the moment I'd be reasonably optimistic about our chances of competing with Serbia for a playoff spot but it looks fanciful given how the last few months went. The one huge positive about the group is that it doesn't have fucking Denmark, Wales or Georgia in it (I'm sure they're all saying the same about us). Apparently there are bonus friendlies against Qatar which I can only imagine those numerous weird games of recent years against their buddies Oman were preparation for.
 

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Apparently there are bonus friendlies against Qatar which I can only imagine those numerous weird games of recent years against their buddies Oman were preparation for.
I feel we have definitely not heard the end of that shenanigans - interesting that Champagne Football didn't touch upon it at all.

On the qualifiers, I am a glass-half-full supporter and hope/believe that once we score (!) things could click and this team could do alright, including taking points off Serbia and hopefully winning one of them.
 

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Dundee United announce death of Jim McLean

‘We were robbed of a fairytale’: How Roma cheated Dundee United out of the European Cup final

there used to be a Dundee United fanzine called Stranger Than Tannadice...

Brian Clough on Jim McLean and Dundee Utd's 1987 UEFA Cup run


Final match of Championship winning season 1982-83 away to Dundee:

Dundee Utd 2-0 Roma, European Cup Semi Final First Leg 1984
Roma featured World Cup winners Conti and Graziani, 3 times Serie A top scorer
Roberto Pruzzo, Brazilian great Toninho Cerezo.
although Roberto Falcao and Carlo Ancelotti weren't playing


Man Utd 2-2 Dundee Old Trafford 1984-85 UEFA Cup
Man U won 5-4 on agg.

Barcelona 1-2 Dundee United 1987 UEFA CUP QF (DUFC 3-1 on agg)
English teams were banned from Europe at the time so listening to this match on the radio
was hyper exciting for an eleven year old kid
 
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Cardiff 2-3 Brentford
Will Vaulks scored a brace -
the first goal was from his own half -
but a brilliant second half hat trick from Sergi Canos won it for Cardiff
 

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Man United used to have quizzes circa 20 years ago
w/ Management v Players (hint - bad losers !)
I'd say Fergie's team usually won

EDIT:
During the lockdown last April with no football SKY Sports Football Show
had stellar guests every morning unfortunately Roy was only on once that I saw:
Hilarious.
 
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Whatever about losing to the Luxinteriors...
I am far more annoyed that after Stephen Kenny saying it was up to players to decide if they wanted to protest on Qatar before the match last night that all concerned seem to have done nothing.
that was much more important than a meaningless match and they all blew it.
I expected better.

the starting line ups against Luxembourg and Serbia are the weakest sides I have seen Ireland send out in competitive matches. that they scored two goals and played well in Belgrade was miracle.

Ireland's record against the European football micro states is good -
only that 5-2 disaster in Cyprus under Staunton or the 0-0 in Lichtenstein 25 years ago really stand out.

probably shows how much Ireland overachieved until recent years but Luxembourg beating Ireland is to my mind is about the mark of Ireland beating Italy or Germany.

remember when Lux went 1-0 up at Lansdowne in the qualifiers for Euro 88 ?
Ireland won only 2-1 in the end after a nice McGrath goal.
 

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The Luxs had Portugal in bother last night too, 1-0 up until the ref decided that the half would end when Portugal scored and no earlier. They're a decent solid team right now, well organised and with a couple of players that can put an attack together - or smash home when a defender fucks up...
If they were a bit more composed in attack they would even have been 2-0 up on Portugal.

With injuries and shit I don't really see how Kenny could have put a stronger side out in the two matches. The 'senior' players that were on the bench are basically all just as bollocks as the players that were on the pitch, I think the only real exception is that Shane Long should have started both games. And when was the last time Shane Long scored for us.

The Qatar match, I really think Kenny should have called in a rake of 16 year olds and fielded a complete shit show line-up against Qatar, because FUCK that match.
 

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yeah - Luxembourg are decent and have better forwards than Ireland.
we are really stuck for goals the last few years and that's not going to change soon.
qualifying was never realistic and the abuse Stephen Kenny is getting is silly.

in other news several other major powers had difficult nights:
following on from last winters 6-0 defeat in Spain, Germany have now ''had a Macedonia''
after beating Romania 3-2, Armenia lead Germany's group with 3 wins from 3.
Romania were winning 2-1 with 15 minutes left then correctly had a player sent off...
BUT then Armenia scored a blatantly offside equalizer before and another very poor decision
got them a penalty to take the win ! thousands of FANS in the stadium in Yerevan too.

the Spanish keeper Unai Simon had me howling with laughter @ 3:13 here:
 

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I've actually seen the irish games as they tend to be on when i get in.

I know kenny is basically playing the bench at the minute but I do kinda agree that the way they are playing when they gel they could be a decent force, but a few wins are needed to make that possible.

I'm not sure this is proper soccer talk though. Am i supposed to say he's got it all wrong?

Thought McClean stood out in presence and drive and the new lads were to work at his level with the skill they've show we could actually pull some decent games.
 
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