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MenInG
15th November 2018, 22:16
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MenInG
16th November 2018, 00:42
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Syed1
16th November 2018, 00:48
Donal Cozzie


Which one is the bigger rivalry (across all sports)?

Ireland vs England

or

Ireland vs Northern Ireland

Donal Cozzie
16th November 2018, 02:47
@<a href="http://www.pakpassion.net/ppforum/member.php?u=136108" target="_blank">Donal Cozzie</a>


Which one is the bigger rivalry (across all sports)?

Ireland vs England

or

Ireland vs Northern Ireland

Definitely England.

We've not played NI too often and these friendlies are worthless games nobody really pays attention to.

We've played England in many major tournaments and actually have a very good record, so nothing will ever top the rivalry with the English. In rugby then its the marquee fixture of the season too.

That said both fixtures have an ugly history.

Northern Ireland is only a footballing rivalry anyway, as in the sports of hockey, rugby and cricket both Ireland and Northern Ireland play under a united team and banner.

So definitely England. Not to say NI isnt a tense affair either, infamously in a WC Qualifier in 1991 in Belfast there was a game played in arguably one of the most toxic and hostile atmospheres ever seen, but Ireland qualified ultimately so :P

MenInG
16th November 2018, 09:37
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Syed1
16th November 2018, 17:16
Definitely England.

We've not played NI too often and these friendlies are worthless games nobody really pays attention to.

We've played England in many major tournaments and actually have a very good record, so nothing will ever top the rivalry with the English. In rugby then its the marquee fixture of the season too.

That said both fixtures have an ugly history.

Northern Ireland is only a footballing rivalry anyway, as in the sports of hockey, rugby and cricket both Ireland and Northern Ireland play under a united team and banner.

So definitely England. Not to say NI isnt a tense affair either, infamously in a WC Qualifier in 1991 in Belfast there was a game played in arguably one of the most toxic and hostile atmospheres ever seen, but Ireland qualified ultimately so :P

Thanks... hugely surprising for me that Ire and N.Ire often compete in sports with the same team. Aren't the folks of N.Ire considered traitors for siding with the Brits?

Donal Cozzie
16th November 2018, 18:15
Thanks... hugely surprising for me that Ire and N.Ire often compete in sports with the same team. Aren't the folks of N.Ire considered traitors for siding with the Brits?

No, because many of original Irish population there were displaced and replaced by ethnic Scots centuries ago, hence why they wanted to remain united with the UK. They cant be traitors since they were technically never Irish to begin with, and never identified as it either. Obviously this is slowly but surely changing, hence why Unionism is dying and reunification slowly but surely eeks closer.

From a footballing perspective NI is hated here as they make no efforts to represent both of the communities who live there i.e Nationalist and Unionist. Instead, they play GSTQ, which isnt even NI's anthem, play in a stadium infamous for the sectarianism that went on in it and have a section of their fanbase who are cavemen, though to be fair every fanbase has an element of that. For those reasons the NI football team is historically seen as a unionist one, not a Northern Irish one proper, hence why nearly every Nationalist and/or Catholic player from NI plays for ROI instead (FIFA regulations allow this due to the technicalities of the Good Friday Agreement).

MenInG
23rd March 2019, 23:50
Five-time world champions Brazil were held to a surprise friendly draw by Panama, ranked just 76th in the world.

Brazil gave starts to Premier League players Ederson, Roberto Firmino and Richarlison, but it was AC Milan's Lucas Paqueta who scored the opener.

The lead only lasted four minutes, however, as Panama defender Adolfo Machado levelled in the first half.

Brazil, ranked third, hit the woodwork twice in the second half through Richarlison and Casemiro.

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus and West Ham winger Felipe Anderson both came on in the second half, but were unable to make an impact in the game, which was played in the Portuguese city of Porto.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/47681728


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MenInG
10th October 2019, 00:21
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MenInG
10th October 2019, 13:07
Argentina came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Germany in a friendly in Dortmund.

In a repeat of the 2014 World Cup final, the hosts raced into an early lead when Serge Gnabry poked home in the 15th minute before Kai Havertz side-footed in seven minutes later.

But Argentina fought back after the break as substitute Lucas Alario's header halved the deficit.

Debutant Lucas Ocampos secured the draw with a deflected strike late on.

It was an impressive fightback by Argentina in a game that was ultimately turned on its head by Lionel Scaloni's substitutions, with Ocampos coming on at half-time and Alario just after the hour mark.

It had been all Germany in a first half where Argentina failed to manage a single shot on target and when Gnabry grabbed his 10th goal in 11 international appearances, it looked like the hosts would go on to record a big win.

However, they took their foot off the pedal after the break, allowing Argentina to get back into the game.

By the end, 2014 World Cup winners Germany were perhaps fortunate not to finish on the losing side, with a last-minute panic in their penalty area only eased when Emre Can managed to scramble clear.

It could prove an important lesson in avoiding complacency for Joachim Low's side as they prepare to resume their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign this weekend.

Germany, who are top of Group C and level on 12 points with Northern Ireland, travel to Estonia on Sunday.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49994677

MenInG
13th October 2019, 20:28
Paris St-Germain forward Neymar limped off after 12 minutes as Brazil were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by Nigeria.

The 27-year-old walked off holding his left thigh and could be a doubt for the Champions League game against Club Bruges on 22 October.

Rangers' Joe Aribo gave Nigeria the lead in the first half as he slotted past Manchester City's Ederson.

Real Madrid's Casemiro prodded in from close range to equalise just after half-time.

Despite having 70% possession in Singapore, Brazil were unable to find a winner to remain winless in this international break after drawing 1-1 with Senegal on Thursday.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50035030

MenInG
14th October 2019, 23:24
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sweep_shot
15th October 2019, 00:22
Panama earned a draw against Brazil. That's a big upset. Well done, Panama.

sweep_shot
15th October 2019, 09:00
SINGAPORE: Neymar went off injured 12 minutes into Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Nigeria in a friendly in Singapore on Sunday.

The Paris St Germain forward, making his 101st appearance for the national team, touched the back of his leg as he left the pitch and was replaced by Philippe Coutinho.

A team spokesman said Neymar “felt discomfort” in his left thigh and would be examined by PSG doctors once he was back in France.

Globoesporte.com cited the Brazilian team doctor as saying the player was not in pain.

The draw extended Brazil’s winless run to four games.

The Africans took the lead after 35 minutes when Joe Aribo found space in a packed penalty box to rifle in a low shot and grab his second goal in two international appearances.

Brazil equalised three minutes into the second half when Casemiro fired home from close range after he was quickest to react when a Marquinhos header came back off the woodwork.

Casemiro later smacked a header off the bar and Coutinho should have scored a cut back with five minutes remaining but the score remained at 1-1.

Since lifting the Copa America in July, Brazil have also drawn with Colombia and Senegal and lost to Peru.

Link: https://www.dawn.com/news/1510668/neymar-injured-as-brazil-draw-1-1-with-nigeria.

sweep_shot
15th October 2019, 09:24
ELCHE: Argentina produced one of their best performances in recent times on Sunday with six different scorers getting their name on the scoresheet in a comprehensive 6-1 friendly win over Ecuador in Spain despite the absence of suspended Lionel Messi and a number of other top stars.

Lucas Alario, Leandro Paredes, German Pezzella, Nicolas Dominguez and Lucas Ocampos scored for Argentina, which also got on the board with an own-goal by Ecuadorean defender Jhon Espinoza.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni made six changes to the team that started Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Germany, but his side had Marcos Acuna in top form on the left flank and was particularly dominant in the first half.

Alario put them 1-0 ahead in 20 minutes with a powerful header from an Acuna corner, then seven minutes later Espinoza deflected a cross from Acuna past his own goalkeeper.

Paredes made it 3-0 from the penalty spot after Lautaro Martinez was brought down in front of goal.

There was a brief dispute before that goal. Martinez had the ball and wanted to take the penalty, but Paredes prevailed after a discussion between the two. Martinez left complaining but celebrated the goal along with his team-mates.

Substitute Angel Mena cut the deficit for Ecuador three minutes into the second half with a spectacular free kick but any hope of pulling back their rivals was short lived.

Pezzella made it 4-1 with a header in 66 minutes, Dominguez crashed home a fifth from long range a quarter of an hour later and then Ocampos finished off the scoring four minutes from time.

The match took place in Spain against the backdrop of violent unrest in Ecuador, with the country’s president Lenin Moreno ordering a curfew and military control in capital city Quito.

Six people have died and nearly 2,100 have been wounded or detained according to authorities after anti-austerity protests led by Ecuador’s indigenous population.

Messi was serving a three-month suspension from internationals because of comments he made against South American football body CONMEBOL during this year’s Copa Amrica in Brazil.

Argentina also were without players from Boca Juniors and River Plate because the teams are playing each other in the Copa Libertadores semifinal. Others missing from the squad were forwards Angel Di Mara and Sergio Aguero.

The result capped a positive few days for Argentina, who are now unbeaten in five games since losing the Copa America semi-final to Brazil in July.

Link: https://www.dawn.com/news/1510940/argentina-hit-ecuador-for-six-without-suspended-messi.

MenInG
16th November 2019, 00:32
Lionel Messi scored on his first Argentina appearance since July as they beat old rivals Brazil in Saudi Arabia.

Messi had a penalty saved by Alisson in the friendly, but scored the rebound for his 69th international goal.

Gabriel Jesus had earlier missed a penalty for Brazil.

Barcelona forward Messi was returning from a three-month ban for saying the Copa America was "fixed for Brazil", with the hosts beating Argentina in the semi-final and Peru in the July final.

Brazil - who handed a late debut to Aston Villa striker Wesley - have failed to win in the five games since winning the Copa America.

Argentina are due to face Uruguay in Tel Aviv on Monday (19:15 GMT) but the game could be cancelled due to fighting in Israel.

Brazil will play South Korea in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday (13:30 GMT), their last game before the 2022 World Cup qualifiers begin in March.

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sweep_shot
19th November 2019, 08:14
Lionel Messi scored an injury-time penalty as Argentina rescued a draw in their friendly with South American rivals Uruguay in Tel Aviv.

Messi's Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez had given Uruguay a second-half lead from a free-kick before Martin Caceres handled in the area.

The Argentina captain nonchalantly rolled in his second international goal in as many matches.

Edinson Cavani opened the scoring but Sergio Aguero levelled for Argentina.

Messi was in the mood from the outset as he rode four challenges in the first half before retaining possession and picking himself off the floor to spin the nearest defender and play the ball wide.

The forward, who scored on his first Argentina appearance since July in Friday's win over Brazil, had a hand in both of his side's goals in Israel.

First, his delicate free-kick was met by a glancing header from Manchester City's Aguero, and then he salvaged a draw from the spot with defeat looming after Argentina goalkeeper Esteban Andrada could only palm Suarez's set-piece into the top corner.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50466381.

MenInG
19th November 2019, 23:39
Brazil ended their five-game winless run with a comfortable victory over South Korea in Abu Dhabi.

Tite's side, who lost to Argentina on Friday, had not recorded a win since lifting the Copa America in July.

But Lucas Paqueta's early header and Philippe Coutinho's superb free-kick put the five-time World Cup winners in charge at the break.

Juventus full-back Danilo rounded off the scoring with a powerful drive from the edge of the penalty area.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and his club colleague Fabinho both appeared for the Selecao, with Everton's Richarlison and Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus also starting.

Tite added to his complement of Premier League players with the late introductions of Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz and Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino, while Real Madrid's teenage forward Rodrygo also came on in the closing stages.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50478911

MenInG
10th December 2019, 21:40
World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps has extended his France contract until the end of the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

Deschamps took over in 2012 and led France to the Euro 2016 final before their victory at the 2018 World Cup.

The extension means the 51-year-old will become France's longest-serving coach, surpassing Michel Hidalgo's eight years and six months in charge.

French football president Noel Le Graet called it "logical decision".

Le Graet previously said Deschamps' contract would be extended if France qualified for the 2020 European Championships.

Les Bleus achieved that goal in November and have been drawn in a group with 2014 world champions Germany, reigning European champions Portugal and an as yet unknown team who will qualify through the play-offs.

Deschamps, who was captain when France became world champions in 1998, previously had a contract that was due to expire after Euro 2020.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50731281