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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #6300 on: October 18, 2017, 01:38:21 PM »
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« Reply #6301 on: October 18, 2017, 02:08:24 PM »
Denmark no where near the ability of the belgiums
The original reference was to the strength of the Belgian team in that 1997 WC play off.

These play offs are naturally stiffer than the Euro 2016 play offs which were contested by 3rd place teams, Our opponents B&H were the top seeds then.
 I think we did well to get Denmark, they'll be favourites but not by much and naturally O'Neill will be out to reduce the technical ability deficit. O'Neill's record against the odds in the crunch games, is very good, however this current team is about the weakest play-off team since 1997.


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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #6302 on: October 18, 2017, 02:12:25 PM »
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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #6303 on: October 18, 2017, 02:21:47 PM »
Denmark no where near the ability of the belgiums
The original reference was to the strength of the Belgian team in that 1997 WC play off.

These play offs are naturally stiffer than the Euro 2016 play offs which were contested by 3rd place teams, Our opponents B&H were the top seeds then.
 I think we did well to get Denmark, they'll be favourites but not by much and naturally O'Neill will be out to reduce the technical ability deficit. O'Neill's record against the odds in the crunch games, is very good, however this current team is about the weakest play-off team since 1997.

Weakest or not they’ve made three of the last four playoffs and have made two tournaments in the last five years. Better than almost any single period in Irish history bar Big Jack’s team. Denmark aren’t a world away from Bosnia, if we’re being honest.

As individuals we’re nothing special but our defensive organisation and spirit have been first class. Generally those things count for a lot at international level.

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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #6304 on: October 18, 2017, 06:20:43 PM »
Only realised today denmark beat poland 4 nil. Didn't like the sound of that result :o

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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #6305 on: October 18, 2017, 07:08:08 PM »
Denmark no where near the ability of the belgiums
The original reference was to the strength of the Belgian team in that 1997 WC play off.

These play offs are naturally stiffer than the Euro 2016 play offs which were contested by 3rd place teams, Our opponents B&H were the top seeds then.
 I think we did well to get Denmark, they'll be favourites but not by much and naturally O'Neill will be out to reduce the technical ability deficit. O'Neill's record against the odds in the crunch games, is very good, however this current team is about the weakest play-off team since 1997.

Weakest or not they’ve made three of the last four playoffs and have made two tournaments in the last five years. Better than almost any single period in Irish history bar Big Jack’s team. Denmark aren’t a world away from Bosnia, if we’re being honest.

As individuals we’re nothing special but our defensive organisation and spirit have been first class. Generally those things count for a lot at international level.
I think tournament numbers in recent years have been expanded to.insane levels , Syf . Eg 1988 Euros had 8 teams while most recent had 24 iirc.
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« Reply #6306 on: October 18, 2017, 07:21:38 PM »
Denmark no where near the ability of the belgiums
The original reference was to the strength of the Belgian team in that 1997 WC play off.

These play offs are naturally stiffer than the Euro 2016 play offs which were contested by 3rd place teams, Our opponents B&H were the top seeds then.
 I think we did well to get Denmark, they'll be favourites but not by much and naturally O'Neill will be out to reduce the technical ability deficit. O'Neill's record against the odds in the crunch games, is very good, however this current team is about the weakest play-off team since 1997.

Weakest or not they’ve made three of the last four playoffs and have made two tournaments in the last five years. Better than almost any single period in Irish history bar Big Jack’s team. Denmark aren’t a world away from Bosnia, if we’re being honest.

As individuals we’re nothing special but our defensive organisation and spirit have been first class. Generally those things count for a lot at international level.
I think tournament numbers in recent years have been expanded to.insane levels , Syf . Eg 1988 Euros had 8 teams while most recent had 24 iirc.

Until last year Euros hadn't expanded in quite some time. We qualified under the 16 team system for 2012 in case you forgot, and this WC is still the usual 32 so you've picked a wrong time to bring up that chestnut.

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« Reply #6307 on: October 18, 2017, 08:11:20 PM »
Only realised today denmark beat poland 4 nil. Didn't like the sound of that result :o

They lost to Montenegro at home as well.

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« Reply #6308 on: October 18, 2017, 08:34:34 PM »
Only realised today denmark beat poland 4 nil. Didn't like the sound of that result :o

They lost to Montenegro at home as well.

They're only a few places above us in the rankings - 19 vs, 26. A few results swinging the other way would have had us be the seeded them in this match-up. There's no reason to fear them.

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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #6309 on: October 18, 2017, 09:35:47 PM »
Denmark no where near the ability of the belgiums
The original reference was to the strength of the Belgian team in that 1997 WC play off.

These play offs are naturally stiffer than the Euro 2016 play offs which were contested by 3rd place teams, Our opponents B&H were the top seeds then.
 I think we did well to get Denmark, they'll be favourites but not by much and naturally O'Neill will be out to reduce the technical ability deficit. O'Neill's record against the odds in the crunch games, is very good, however this current team is about the weakest play-off team since 1997.

Weakest or not they’ve made three of the last four playoffs and have made two tournaments in the last five years. Better than almost any single period in Irish history bar Big Jack’s team. Denmark aren’t a world away from Bosnia, if we’re being honest.

As individuals we’re nothing special but our defensive organisation and spirit have been first class. Generally those things count for a lot at international level.
I think tournament numbers in recent years have been expanded to.insane levels , Syf . Eg 1988 Euros had 8 teams while most recent had 24 iirc.

Until last year Euros hadn't expanded in quite some time. We qualified under the 16 team system for 2012 in case you forgot, and this WC is still the usual 32 so you've picked a wrong time to bring up that chestnut.
Ireland were worst team in the 2012 Euros. It would have been better not to have qualified.
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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #6310 on: October 18, 2017, 10:01:06 PM »
Denmark no where near the ability of the belgiums
The original reference was to the strength of the Belgian team in that 1997 WC play off.

These play offs are naturally stiffer than the Euro 2016 play offs which were contested by 3rd place teams, Our opponents B&H were the top seeds then.
 I think we did well to get Denmark, they'll be favourites but not by much and naturally O'Neill will be out to reduce the technical ability deficit. O'Neill's record against the odds in the crunch games, is very good, however this current team is about the weakest play-off team since 1997.

Weakest or not they’ve made three of the last four playoffs and have made two tournaments in the last five years. Better than almost any single period in Irish history bar Big Jack’s team. Denmark aren’t a world away from Bosnia, if we’re being honest.

As individuals we’re nothing special but our defensive organisation and spirit have been first class. Generally those things count for a lot at international level.
I think tournament numbers in recent years have been expanded to.insane levels , Syf . Eg 1988 Euros had 8 teams while most recent had 24 iirc.

Until last year Euros hadn't expanded in quite some time. We qualified under the 16 team system for 2012 in case you forgot, and this WC is still the usual 32 so you've picked a wrong time to bring up that chestnut.
Ireland were worst team in the 2012 Euros. It would have been better not to have qualified.

In irelands defense they were in the same group as both finalists and croatia were pretty slick too. Poland and ukraine being seeded fucked the whole draw up. Still they were dog shit and Trap just lost the plot