Conflicting Records

Conflicting Records

🕔20:32, 29.Apr 2016

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (March 23rd 2016) Friendlies Undeniably, Northern Ireland have a terrible recent record in friendlies, especially in terms of scoring. Their manager Michael O’Neill doesn’t deny it, but isn’t too concerned about it either. “I

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Agendas

Agendas

🕔17:31, 27.Apr 2016

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (June 26th 2012) Dick Advocaat ducked false racism issue Just over two weeks ago Euro 2012 was embroiled in its first race row of the competition. Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) had observers

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Development Strategies

Development Strategies

🕔16:29, 27.Apr 2016

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (June 23rd 2012) Forward Planning Long before a ball was kicked – before the last European Championship even – Poland knew that it would be co-hosting Euro 2012 and that it would provide an

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Time and Place

Time and Place

🕔15:49, 25.Apr 2016

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (March 23rd 2016) Priorities Despite a poor run of results since the hard work was done Wales’ manager Chris Coleman is clear where his priorities lie – Wales. Coleman is adamant that nothing, including

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An Unusual Bow

An Unusual Bow

🕔14:58, 25.Apr 2016

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (March 23rd 2016) Almost Unique When Conor Washington makes his international bow – probably tomorrow night – it will have some meaning. Washington is not a graduate of a football academy. His was an

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Focus

Focus

🕔14:31, 25.Apr 2016

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (March 23rd 2016) Contract Negotiations Northern Ireland and Wales chose to persevere with their managers, Michael O’Neill and Chris Coleman, through the bad times. It paid dividends. O’Neill guided Northern Ireland through an impressive

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Absentees

Absentees

🕔12:34, 25.Apr 2016

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (March 23rd 2016) Misfortune and Opportunity The major absentees for tomorrow night’s clash between Wales and Northern Ireland in an attacking sense are Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, but Northern Ireland have suffered too.

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Trials and Tribulations

Trials and Tribulations

🕔12:00, 25.Apr 2016

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (March 23rd 2016) Preparations Wales deservedly made history against Andorra last year. Chris Coleman achieved what ten predecessors had failed to do – qualifying for a major tournament. This was the first time Wales

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