The result, the stats and the analysis all suggest otherwise, but Noel King did actually get things tactically spot on in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-0 defeat to Germany in Cologne. And he deserves plaudits rather than sneers for it.
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Ireland must aim for higher standards
Nothing is ever guaranteed in football, yet when the Republic of Ireland targeted clinching second place in Group C of their World Cup qualifiers it did look like being a real possibility. That was until the games started.
Germany v Ireland Preview
Anything other than a sweeping win for Germany in Cologne on Friday night would be considered a massive shock. And that is exactly how the Republic of Ireland want it to be.
Stephen Kenny – Rags to riches for Dundalk
In an era when success stories are treated like myths, Stephen Kenny knows Dundalk’s rise from the edge of extinction to possible champions is a tale worth telling.
League Veterans – Bucking trend of transfer merry-go-round
With the end of another season creeping up, most players in the Airtricity League fear they will be part of the transfer merry-go-round again.
Luke Chambers – Cool hand Luke has heart set on Ireland
For 18 months now, Luke Chambers has left his Irish passport sitting in a dusty drawer. But the defender is hoping that the dawn of a new era may finally bring his international career to light.
Licence to Nil – UEFA qualification no guarantee
Nothing has fired up debate in the Airtricity League more than the UEFA Pro Coaching Licence recently.
Graham Kavanagh – Contender Kav out to seize chance
From Mick McCarthy and Paul Jewell through to Paul Ince, almost every manager Graham Kavanagh has ever known has been in touch to relay the same message: make the most of this opportunity.
The only quality Ireland lack is in leadership
All of this doomsday talk of the Republic of Ireland lacking the quality to compete for a place at major tournaments and even to attract a big-name manager to the senior role is complete nonsense. In fact, it is hugely insulting to the excellent players who have been overlooked and misused at international level in recent years.
O’Neill is favourite for Ireland job, but not the best man for it
It appears that the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) want to wrap up the appointment of their new manager quite quickly, although this is not a straightforward decision – or at least it shouldn’t be.