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  2. Tarabonga

    Tickets for Dutch fans - home game v Netherlands

    If anyone has a spare (preferably the Kop but I'll take anywhere) please keep me in mind. For my son.
  3. Tarabonga

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    This is where wonky sheep could come into their own.
  4. sinti

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    Hopefully Travel Solutions run day charters
  5. Jack Russell

    Ronald Koeman - Spud-faced git.

    That’s the team-talk done for the return game. I have been feeling all Kevin Keegan since I read his quote. Twat.
  6. mervillegawa

    Ronald Koeman - Spud-faced git.

    +1 Hopefully we send Koeman home with tail firmly between his legs next month. I remember Thomas Muller making comments about how teams like Germany shouldn't have to play qualifiers against wee teams as it's a waste of their time. Perhaps now that he's been retired by his coach, he can advise UEFA on their European super-league idea
  7. hughes18

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    The draw to determine who is home/away for the play-off final is on November 22, three days after the Germany away game. Play-off semi-final is March 26, play-off final is March 31. I really hope the IFA is already planning how they're going to allocate and distribute tickets (home or, god forbid, away) at 5 days' notice. There are 73 days between the play-off final and the tournament starting. Flights to Sarajevo are looking like £250-300 return already.
  8. Huntsman88

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    Think we would know if we'll be home or away for the final after the draw in November but doesn't really help if away as still 50/50 where it will be.
  9. Tarabonga

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    Maybe there'll be provisional tickets/vouchers like in the 2016 euros? Still a ballix for travel plans though.
  10. mcd9toes

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    So that's fair enough if we are away to Bosnia say in the semi final on the 26/3/2020. If we beat them there is another draw to see who has home advantage in the final, so we could potentially be playing away again 5 days later on the 31st. That's going to be a bollocks getting that booked and how the hell are the IFA going to issue tickets in that short space of time. Then if we qualify you would have a month and a half to get your self sorted for the finals. That's all hindsight obviously but what an absolute shambles UEFA.
  11. exhausted

    Ronald Koeman - Spud-faced git.

    Koeman has been linked with that job for years to be fair.
  12. EalingGreen

    Ronald Koeman - Spud-faced git.

    This Dutch blogger seems to "get" who we are, and what we do, far more realistically than Spudface: Weak Oranje bullied by Northern Irish "I would like to start by saying that Northern Ireland is completely entitled to play the way they do. They cheat for seconds, they don’t play to score but they play to destroy. And why wouldn’t they. They play Klopp-Liverpool style football but without the amazing forwards. It’s annoying, it’s negative, it’s anti-football but…it’s their prerogative to do this and it’s up to us to break them down. In these type of matches, you need to pass and move. At pace. One or two touches. Don’t play backheels or funny shimmies or don’t try and dribble. They won most one on one duels and most second balls. Stay out of the duels and pass the fricking ball! You also need to keep the pitch wide, and use the half spaces to reach the byline and cross the ball in low and hard (like Malen did!). Northern Ireland wanted to suck the oxygen out of the game and sadly, our playmaker Frenkie de Jong helped them but taking so many touches of the ball. Trying to dribble, trying to turn, left, back to right, back to left again. And all to no avail. There wasn’t enough movement up front, yes, I’ll give him that, but when you are being man-marked (as he was) you know another player gets some freedom. Pass the fricking ball! Second half, it all started to get a bit better. Northern Ireland was getting more fatigues and there was more pace and more grit in our team in the second half. When Van de Beek was introduced he received a thundering ovation. But for the first time in 19 years, Oranje faced a 0-1 score line in De Kuip, when the first and only attempt on goal by the Northern Irish got promoted to a goal thanks to the 3 Stooges: De Ligt, Blind, Cillesen. But lets not kid ourselves. Koeman made mistakes but the eleven on the pitch simply were terrible. Touches, passing, understanding, pace, moving without the ball, it was all sub par. " He went on to characterise De Jong's goal as "a freak"; also considering this to have been "the critical game" for them in the group. http://dutchsoccersite.org/weak-oranje-bullied-by-northern-irish/ Some of the guys commenting "get" it, too: "Some credit to NI. They played their game, and they have given other teams difficulty." or "We had LUCK again on our side but it is bound to run out at some point. Koeman can be much better. And kudos to NI, they played with what they had and to their strengths. Smart coach set them up the way which with little luck they could have caused a major upset." and "Do not fool yourself by thinking that the whole team did bad because Northern Ireland played anti-football! How many teams have done that in the past? The real question is what you did as a coach to prepare your team as best as possible for this type of opponents." Finally, some "news" from the Dutch Beacom: "Strong rumour from Dutch newspaper Telegraaf. Ronald Koeman signed deal with Barca for job post Euro2020. Koeman to take Memphis along as replacement for Suarez / Messi." Can't decide whether that needs a , a , or a .
  13. hughes18

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    Yup. Almost guaranteed to be away no matter who we play in the play-off semi-final. Bosnia could still qualify automatically but they probably need to win their remaining three games and hope Finland (favourites to come 2nd) and/or Armenia slip-up. Finland-Armenia draw tonight with Bosnia beating Licky would be nice.
  14. eightball

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    So at the moment it's looking likely that we will play Bosnia and we'll be away?
  15. Yesterday
  16. mourne_shamrock

    Squad for Netherlands and Czech Republic games

    Good result, confidence booster
  17. Good_Seasons_NI

    Squad for Netherlands and Czech Republic games

    Dont see any other Czech threads so ill post here. (This forums clearly dieing a death.) Anyway well done lads. Good win tonight !
  18. turin

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    This is also a knock on effect from expanding this to 24 teams. Under previous rules we’d be in a 2 legged playoff for finishing 3rd. So guess it’s not that different. The whole moving teams between paths because they’re host nations is ridiculous. The whole process has favoured some of these host nations and will continue to do so if they manage to get through.
  19. Villa Mike

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    It really is. Setting aside the fact we all want Northern Ireland to qualify...UEFA have ruined their showpiece tournament. If qualification is based on a combination of the Nations League and the European Championship qualifiers, and we're a team who got 0 points in the Nations League and then only beat the 4th & 5th seeds in our qualifying group... it's a joke we're in the mix at all. There's then teams with even less of a claim than us! Last time we won our group and deservedly qualified for the tournament and then made the last 16, played in one nation with fans able to feasibly travel between venues. This time both the qualification and the tournament itself are just a farce. Modern football sucks.
  20. The Dowie

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    The same host nation nonsense that landed us unluckily in a group with two usual No.1 seed nations
  21. hughes18

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    If you're enjoying all the permutation bollocks, this guy is worth a follow: https://twitter.com/DaleJohnsonESPN Personally, and I'm as big a football nerd as you'll find, the whole process of involving the Nations League is pretty joyless imo, especially with added nonsense like needing at least one (of the 12!) host nations in each path. I'll obviously not be complaining if we qualify via the play-offs but it's just so convoluted.
  22. richboy

    Ronald Koeman - Spud-faced git.

    he's no Saint, that's for sure.
  23. chopper1

    Ronald Koeman - Spud-faced git.

    that shows how far we have come in the past few years roll on the November return game, time for revenge and a wee scalp
  24. Villa Mike

    Ronald Koeman - Spud-faced git.

    This.
  25. bazza

    Ronald Koeman - Spud-faced git.

    “A manager of that class”? He’s a snake b*stard. f**k him.
  26. exhausted

    Ronald Koeman - Spud-faced git.

    Really winds me up this. Should we just roll over and get beat 6 nil again. f**k off Ron
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