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  1. EalingGreen

    Campaign Cards

    No booking fee for (Gold) Season Ticketholders afaik That's certainly the case for EPL games at Wembley, which have to be bought separately until WHL is ready
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    Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Just taken a closer look at the Israeli starting XI from the other night, and there were some interesting selections. 4. Ayid Habshi - Arab Israeli; 13. Taleb Tawatha - Arab Israeli of Bedouin origin, Muslim, has Sudanese citizenship; 2. Eli Dasa - Family is Ethiopian Jewish, hence the dark skin colour; 9. Moanes Dabour - Arab Israeli; 6. Bibras Natkho - interestingly a Circassian Israeli and Sunni Muslim. That's almost half the team made up of "Uncle Tevyes". Meanwhile, this article on Arab Israeli footballers makes some interesting points, including: Another reason why Israeli-Arabs play soccer is for respect and status among their communities. Mustafa explains that in Arab culture in Israel, respect and status are sometimes more important than money. Even so, Israeli-Arab players are underrepresented on the national side. But perhaps the most important reason why many Israeli-Arabs play football is the opportunity to gain the respect of the entire nation, and the promise of being treated as equal to Jews if they perform well on the pitch. An Israeli-Arab journalist, who asked to remain anonymous, explained that ever since [Moanes] Dabour has become a star in Switzerland, the Israeli media and public have embraced him as one of their own. He explains that Israeli-Arabs don't feel like they are treated equally to Jews, and that playing football is one of the only ways that an Arab can be treated as an equal. Israeli-Arab players are torn on whether to sing the national anthem because they know that if they do sing it, they will be criticized by the international Arab media, and that if they don't sing it, the local Israeli press will bring forth their own criticisms. https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/xyj3xa/will-israel-ruin-a-golden-generation-of-israeli-arab-soccer-stars And there was me thinking that it was a simple choice between: Jews = Prods = Good Guys (if you're a Loyalist), or Arabs = Taigs = Good Guys (if you're a Shinner)
  3. EalingGreen

    Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Basically what the man himself says: See here: http://ourweecountry.ipbhost.com/topic/33482-jordan-jones/?page=10
  4. EalingGreen

    Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Seems so
  5. EalingGreen

    Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Maybe this particular debate is better had here
  6. EalingGreen

    Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Paddy was 23 in April, but despite having made his League debut in Sept. 2014, he has still "only" played 53 League games since. Therefore his priority must be to establish himself in his best position in his club, getting a consistent run of games under his belt. In the meantime, I'm not persuaded that playing him in a variety of positions and roles for NI is sensible, for all that he is potentially more versatile than most. Looking to the longer term, I'd actually predict that he could be the successor to Steven Davis - a different style of play, perhaps, using power rather than skill etc, but still the main man in the centre, around whom the rest of the midfield operates. There's even (dare I say it), a touch of the Roy Keane about him.
  7. EalingGreen

    Score Prediction v Israel

    Link doesn't work for me, SKY's video should be ok though:
  8. EalingGreen

    Starting XI v Israel

    That was Nicholson's only England cap, btw - let's hope Whyte nabs a good few more!
  9. EalingGreen

    Bosnia. And Herzegovina too. What are they like?

    Seen it written somewhere that he didn't bother with a couple of friendlies and Prosinecki won't stand for players who pick and choose their matches. Seems to be by far their stand-out gk too.
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    Bosnia. And Herzegovina too. What are they like?

    From the Bosnian FA website on Wednesday: The selected players of Robert Prosinečki started their training session at the Training Camp of FK Sarajevo in Butmir, and tomorrow (Thursday) will they be on their way to Belfast. The assistant coach Elvir Rahimić expects a positive result away in Northern Ireland: “Preparations run according to the determined plan, we are preparing in excellent conditions. We have some problems with injuries, but it will not disturb us in our attempts to defeat Northern Ireland. This is a team that is dangerous from game breaks and we have to pay attention to it on training sessions. We expect a good result and a victory. ” Riad Bajić stated: “It will be difficult in Northern Ireland, because they play very well on home ground. Both matches will be tough, but we will be ready to deal with them.” Rade Krunić likes the way Robert Prosinečki works: “The head coach insists on ball possession, because he was such a player too. I am pleased with what he asks of us and I believe he will prove to be doing a great job.” The “Dragons” are departing to Belfast by a charter flight from the Sarajevo Airport tomorrow at 11:00 h, and statements for the media are planned at 10:15 h. https://www.nfsbih.ba/en/news/we-expect-a-good-result/ If they're expecting to win, I imagine they'll go two up front:
  11. EalingGreen

    Squad v Bosnia (and Israel)

    The BBC's guy is probably guessing, though he may just have got a wee "headsup" from Michael about (most of) the team: "Central defender Craig Cathcart is assured of a starting role... He will most likely be partnered by Leicester City's Evans, with Jamal Lewis handed the opportunity to stake a claim for the left-back berth... Conor McLaughlin is likely to start at right-back, with Davis, George Saville and Oliver Norwood set to be restored in midfield after missing the summer tour to Central America. Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones may be handed a chance to impress, while Gavin Whyte hopes for a first senior cap and Stuart Dallas will hope to feature despite a lack of game-time for Leeds." https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45379626 Obviously he's not so sure about goalkeeper and strikers (or Michael may not have made his final choice there).
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    Match predictions v. Bosnia-Herzegovina

    When fans who have been Block Bookers for the last 5 or 6 campaigns can't (easily) get sorted for tickets etc, how much harder must it be for casual or new fans? And before the actual process even begins, they've got to know about the bloody game/tournament etc. Obviously I'm not in NI, but how has the publicity and fanfare (sorry) been going locally? I'm on their mailing list (I think), yet the occasional bumf I get is invariably rubbish of no great interest to me. By contrast, I once bought a ticket online from Reading FC, and I was getting regular updates from them for ages afterwards, until I got round to unsubscribing. (In fact, thinking about it, I get better communication from bloody Barca, after going to one of their games last year!) Someone on another thread described the ticketing for these matches as "an absolute shambles". Sums it up perfectly.
  13. EalingGreen

    Bosnia. And Herzegovina too. What are they like?

    Tbf, I did give you this...
  14. EalingGreen

    Bosnia. And Herzegovina too. What are they like?

    Meanwhile, on another forum, a Bosnian is pointing out to his out to his fellow fans that Christianity seems to be the main religion in NI, which is another good reason for giving us a hammering - esp since that when visiting the fleshpots of Belfast, there is a good chance they might encounter some of our bombers...
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