Luckily for Manchester City, the bloated Champions League format means that opening group games can hardly be regarded as critically important, never mind ‘must win’, but even if the competition couldn’t ever hope to hit the ground running the way the World Cup did in Russia, this week’s action did see some of football’s global superstars exhibiting varying degrees of luminosity — from dull to blinding — in their attempts to twist again like they did last summer.
Sat, 22 Sep, 2018
There was mixed injury news in defence for GiovanniTrapattoni yesterday as it was confirmed that long-termabsentee Sean St Ledger will not now need surgery to a troublesome hamstring problem, but a strain in the same area looks likely to keep John O’Shea out of Ireland’s February friendly with Poland.
Tue, 01 Jan, 2013
They’re billing it as the austerity friendly but tonight’s game against Greece could yet prove rich in potential for a couple of emerging players and rising stars in their attempts to secure a more meaningful involvement when Ireland’s World Cup campaign resumes next March.
Wed, 14 Nov, 2012
An influential factor in Giovanni Trapattoni’s reprieve as Irish manager was that, in the aftermath of the 1-4 win in the Faroes, senior Irish players continued to support the manager, with Keith Andrews saying his loss would represent a huge blow.
Thu, 18 Oct, 2012