Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Ireland Draws France in Playoff for World Cup
ESPN soccernet, October 19th, 2009 4:45PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Ireland will play 1998 World Cup champion France in the playoffs for entry to the World Cup finals. The two competed in the same qualifying group in 2006, when Thierry Henry scored the only goal in the teams' two games.
 
Ireland goalkeeper Shea Given criticized FIFA's decision to seed the playoffs, which apparently led to Ireland's tough draw. "The seeding thing is totally unfair. As one of the smaller countries, it is hard enough to qualify at the best of times," Given said. "To change the rules a couple of weeks before the end of the campaign is ridiculous. But that is what they have done. I do think it is very unfair. But we went to Bari and got a result. We also went to Bulgaria. There is great belief that we can go to these big nations and get results."
 
In other playoff games, Portugal will face Bosnia-Herzegovina, which lost 5-0 to Spain last week. Greece will play Ukraine. And Russia will face Slovenia, who has conceded only four goals in qualifying, a defensive record only bettered by the Netherlands.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Johnson Steps Down as Fox's Lead Soccer Broadcaster     
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Gus Johnson reveals that he will no longer be Fox's ...
Barca Names Training Field After Vilanova     
Barcelona on Tuesday announced that a field at the club's training ground would be named after ...
Bayern Injury Crisis Ahead of City Visit     
Bayern Munich is struggling with injury concerns ahead of its UEFA Champions League home opener against ...
Mourinho: Third UCL Title Not an Obsession    
Jose Mourinho insists that winning the UEFA Champions League again is not an obsession. The Portuguese, ...
Fulham Failing in the Second Division    
Just six games into the English League Championship season, and Fulham, the former club of USA ...
Cavs weather storm to down VCU    
No. 5 Virginia won its fourth straight game against VCU, but thanks to Penn transfer Sam ...
Ferdinand: Moyes' Tactics 'Embarrassing'    
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand launched a scathing attack on former coach David Moyes in ...
Critic Apologizes to Saints Fans     
Southampton, many critics' pick to be relegated this season after selling so many players during the ...
Inter Crushes Sassuolo, 7-0, Again    
Inter Milan made up for its disappointing 0-0 draw away to Torino on the opening day ...
Simeone Hails Atleti 'Strength'    
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed his team's "strength" as the defending La Liga champ beat ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives