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Olé, Olé, Ole
05-SEP-2009

Olé, Olé, Ole

To say I'm not interested in sport is something of an understatement. But as I share
my home with an Oldham and a Chelsea supporter and have worked alongside sports
reporters for the past ten years, I have at least a passing knowledge of the game,
especially when the fortunes of the Irish soccer team are concerned.
Ireland play a crucial game against Cyprus in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers this evening.
It should be an easy game but they beat us last time. We need to win this game if
we are to stand a chance of finishing first in our group, a tough enough group which
also includes Italy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we will qualify as I want my son
to experience the excitement of Ireland taking part in the next tournament in South Africa.
He was really too young to appreciate Ireland's participation in the 2002 World Cup which ended dramatically
in Saipan after the bust-up between one of our best players, Roy Keane, and the manager Mick
McCarthy.
Irish fans still remember the euphoria which greeted the team's performance in Italia '90 when
we reached the quarter finals. The country was ecstatic that at last we were taking our place
among the footballing nations of the world.
I remember it for another reason - we got married in the middle of the tournament.
Update: We won 2-1 :)

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Betty Vlasiu06-Sep-2009 14:45
Nice sharp shot! Voted.
Neal Nye06-Sep-2009 11:33
A wonderful story. Your posts as much fun to read as they are to look at! You're creating such delightful presentations with this combination of words and image!
Nora van Beek06-Sep-2009 00:12
I'm not much of a sports fan either, but I will never forget the thrill when the USA hockey team won the gold in the 1980 world series. I think it was because they were clearly the underdogs and no one expected them to win that made it so exciting. Good luck to the "Boys in Green"!
laine05-Sep-2009 23:20
Australia have qualified...I'm not a follower but do appreciate the work involved in reaching these huge events !! Cute little mascot
pkocinski05-Sep-2009 23:05
Adorable image. Hope your team wins!
Phillip Normanton05-Sep-2009 20:31
Yes, football's only worth watching when it's national! She's a grand mascot though :o)
LynnH05-Sep-2009 20:19
Thoughtful of you to want your son to experience the thrill too!
Máire Uí Mhaicín05-Sep-2009 20:01
I thought she looked like a distant cousin of Bosco! Let's hope she brings them luck :)
Kevin Chester05-Sep-2009 19:30
Best of look to you. Roy Keane used to fall out with everyone:-)
Johnny JAG05-Sep-2009 19:24
Good luck Boys, love the colours here.
Al Chesworth05-Sep-2009 19:01
Sorry my finger slipped, what I waw saying that toy is probobly Irish
Al Chesworth05-Sep-2009 18:59
That to
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