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EalingGreen

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  1. EalingGreen

    Post mortem

    Anodyne match report from The Sarajevo Times: BiH national team defeated Northern Ireland and achieved the third consecutive victory in the League of Nations. The atmosphere at the stadium was great, and Adnan Fejzic decided to take a photo of the match from the air. The amazing atmosphere was kept until the morning hours in BiH’s capital Sarajevo, and Northern Ireland fans had a good time while eating, drinking in the local pubs, and singing on Grbavica stadium during the match. That Grbavica Stadium on Monday night was the center of Bosnia and Herzegovina is best described by the photo that Adnan Fejzic decided to publish. To recall, BiH national team defeated visiting Northern Ireland 2-0 in the capital Sarajevo in the fourth round the UEFA Nations League group stage on Monday. After low-intensity start to the match and with many mistakes in both teams, Haris Duljevic from BiH team adds the ball to Edin Visca, but he misses the goal in 11th minute. Four minutes later, Edin Dzeko from BiH team strikes the ball from 5 meters, but misses. Visiting team had a real chance to score the goal in 20th minute when George Saville hit the goalpost. Seven minutes later, after Jamal Lewis made a mistake, Edin Dzeko manages to take the ball and scores 1-0 for the host team. The second half saw more intense play by the visiting team, and in 65thminute Gavin Whyte hit the goalpost while striking a ball from 3 meters. In 73rd minute, Miralem Pjanic sends ball from the center to Edin Dzeko who scores for the final result of 2-0 for the host team. http://www.sarajevotimes.com/amazing-photo-of-grbavica-stadium-during-bih-northern-ireland-match/
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    Best and worst - Sarajevo

    Might this have part-contributed to the great atmosphere in the stadium? That is, the GAWA got well tanked up during the day, but having to march to the ground early, then go 3 hours off the sauce meant we all reached the optimal singing setting on the Drunkometer during the game? That could, of course, be complete balls, but the atmosphere was, as Hughes18 noted, one of the best ever.
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    Post mortem

    Really? Never knew that...
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    Post mortem

    UEFA Stats (NI first): ATTACKING Goal Attempts - 26 vs 5 On Target - 8 vs 3 Off Target - 8 vs 2 Blocked - 10 vs 0 PERFORMANCE Possession - 67% vs 33% Passing Accuracy - 84% vs 72% Passes - 554 vs 258 Passes Completed - 463 vs 168 DEFENDING Balls Recovered - 31 vs 31 Tackles - 3 vs 7 Blocks - 0 vs 10 Clearances - 1 vs 56 (Yes, that's what that last one says ) DISCIPLINARY Yellow Cards - 0 vs 4 Fouls Committed - 12 vs 16 https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleague/season=2019/matches/round=2000959/match=2024089/statistics/index.html?iv=true
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    Post mortem

    Found some video highlights - almost painful to watch again
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    Campaign Cards

    How about you email them to say you're going to phone them? Then phone them and say you're emailing them again? Failing that, ask Kyle Lafferty to provide some sort of photographic evidence of your identity?
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    Post Mortem

    "Bacon Soda Farrell Bacon Soda Farrell Bacon Soda Farrell Ulster's Favourite Breakfast"
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    Post mortem

    One man's misfortune is another's opportunity? "Hearts manager Craig Levein believes his summer signing spree means his side can compensate for the loss of injured pair John Souttar and Uche Ikpeazu. Souttar started the season in partnership with Christophe Berra but both centre-backs will now be out until at least February with hip and hamstring problems respectively." https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45905100
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    Post mortem

    UEFA Stats (Bosnia first): Total Attempts: 18 vs 12 On Target: 4 vs 3 Off Target: 8 vs 5 Blocked: 6 vs 4 Woodwork: 0 vs 3 Corners: 5 vs 2 Offsides: 2 vs 1 Possession: 53% vs 47% Passing Accuracy: 82% vs 75% Passes: 439 vs 365 Passes Completed: 360 vs 273 Balls Recovered: 29 vs 32 Tackles 0 vs 0 (Really!) Blocks: 4 vs 6 Clearances: 0 vs 0 (Eh? Machine not working?) Yellow Cards: 2 vs 2 Fouls committed: 13 vs 12 https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleague/season=2019/matches/round=2000959/match=2024085/statistics/index.html?iv=true
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    Post Mortem

    Also misleading the other way - hitting the post is counted as "off-target", which technically it is/has to be. But we had Grigg's header in Vienna and three more in Sarajevo, two of which the gk got nowhere near, the other he just tipped onto the post. Those are much more indicative of good play than eg a weak shot "on-target" which floats tamely into the gk's arms.
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    Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Keiran Tierney's Week:
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    UEFA considering international leagues

    No, FIFA operate their own qualification system for the W.Cup, separate from those used by UEFA for their own European Championships and Nations League. However, the EC and NL are both critical to W.Cup in one respect. Formerly, FIFA seedings for the W.Cup qualifying draw used a system whereby both competitive games and friendlies counted towards ranking points. Whereas UEFA only ever used competitive games for their ranking/seeding systems. But now that UEFA have replaced most friendlies with (competitive) NL games, FIFA have decided also to disregard friendlies when drawing up their rankings, which in turn will have an effect on W.Cup qualifying draw seedings. It's another reason why this NL is not just a lot of "glorified friendlies", but instead a competition which we should be taking very seriously.
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    Post Mortem

    It wasn't that he particularly wanted to bring on CEvans (imo), but that he needed to get Ferguson off and move Dallas over to the left to offer some protection to Lewis, who was playing well, but in danger of being overrun. Meanwhile, McNair started to attack down the right more as we chased the game, meaning CEvans would provide better cover on that flank than Whyte.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    All this talk of "school trips" and Dublin reminds me of when I was at primary school, and the Master wanted to organise a trip for us to Belfast. (It was a big deal then, believe me). Anyhow, he approached the head of the local Catholic primary school to see if we could combine numbers with them (two small schools, might have got more funding from the Education Authority?) Said Head would only countenance a trip to Dublin, and including Kilmainham Gaol at that. (I guess the Guinness Brewery was out of the question. You know, a Prod-owned business and all that) Guess which political party he belonged to? P.S. We ended up going to Belfast Zoo, with a visit to Armagh Planetarium en route.
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    Team Formation v Austria

    Possibly. Or even Grigg and Boyce (for Fergie and Norwood) and go 4-3-3? Would depend somewhat on what formation Austria were employing.
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    Team Formation v Austria

    Goes without saying, we need a win in Bosnia if we're to progress, so that team should be an attacking one (Magennis, Grigg and Boyce up front in a 4-3-3?). If we could get that, then a draw in Vienna would be enough. Therefore I think he'll go a defensive 4-5-1, maybe as below? BP-F McNair - Cathcart - Evans - Lewis Dallas - Davis - Norwood - Saville - Ferguson Magennis (Fergie is a bit of a wild card, but he's back in the Millwall team, has played LB so should be able to cover Lewis, and offers good crosses and set-pieces from the left)
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    UEFA considering international leagues

    Uefa Nations League: Countries to get paid more money for taking part Each of the 55 European countries in the Nations League will receive more money, Uefa has confirmed. The overall winning country will collect 10.5m euros (£9.18m), an increase from the original figure of 7.5m euros (£6.55m). Each nation's "solidarity payment", is being increased by 50%, with more prize money also for the four league winners. The increase in money was made possible by "Uefa's solid financial situation" and "earnings from Euro 2016". It means England, who are in the top section, will earn a minimum of 2.25m euros (£1.97m), while second-tier Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland will collect at least 1.5m euros (£1.31m), with Scotland, in the third level, picking up no less than 1.125m euros (£982,950). The competition is split into four leagues, based on each nation's coefficient ranking, with 12 teams in Leagues A and B, 15 in League C and 16 in league D with the first-phase matches taking place during the international breaks in September, October and November. One winner from each league will earn a spot at Euro 2020, with the top four nations from League A battling to become the overall Nations League champion in June. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45815169
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    Home From Home

    Hardly worth its own thread, but maybe an omen? Nations League: O'Neill hoping familiar surroundings will boost Northern Ireland Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is hoping familiar surroundings will help his players prepare for their upcoming Uefa Nations League matches. The squad is returning to the Austrian training base they used ahead of Euro 2016 for their double header away to Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Northern Ireland face Austria in Vienna on Friday and Bosnia in Sarajevo on 15 October. "The fixtures have been unkind to us," O'Neill told BBC Sport NI. "The away double header coming in the middle is probably the most difficult schedule we could have had. "But we're going back to the training base we used for Euro 2016, which is about an hour from Vienna, and the players enjoyed it there. "It's a really good facility and that will be good preparation before we do a training session in the stadium in Vienna the night before the game. "We then essentially have only two days to prepare properly for the game in Sarajevo. That turnaround time makes it difficult but that's why we have named a squad of 25." https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45777257
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    €45? Reason No.193 for not attending.
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    Squad v Austria (A) and Bosnia (A)

    Strange one, esp considering he was capable of occupying the bench for Sheff U away to Blackburn last night, coming on for the last couple of minutes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45648132 Perhaps he has some reason for not wanting to be out of the country for 8 or 10 days?
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    Squad v Austria (A) and Bosnia (A)

    Possibly, though Michael really seems to like Ward, and to value Hughes' experience etc. As against that, we're not coming down with CB's, where Flanagan could fill in, and both he and Jones are both playing regularly. Tough call.
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    Squad v Austria (A) and Bosnia (A)

    Wonder which two will fail to make the final cut? Hard call (though fitness/injury may decide it for Michael)
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    Austrian National Team

    Austria, who are one place above NI in the FIFA Rankings, beat Russia 1-0 yesterday in a home friendly: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44301809 Russia, who are shaping up to be the worst World Cup hosts ever, didn't have a single shot on target. Next up for Austria is the visit of their German neighbours on Saturday. Let's hope they remember this time to go back home after the game.
  24. They've just drawn 0-0 with USA in a friendly in California. Both teams were weakened by the non-availability of their European-based "big" players. Oh and Bosnia missed a penalty kick. https://www.si.com/soccer/2018/01/28/usa-bosnia-herzegovina-friendly-live-usmnt-video-goals-morris-sapong-agudelo That's about as interesting as it gets, so I'll leave you with a picture of Eva Herzigova, who may be related. OK, probably not.
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    Sell Out v Austria?

    Not doubting you, eightball, but with nowhere in NI being more than 2 1/2 hours from Belfast (tops), is it really an imposition for them to get up an hour earlier than usual and set off sometime after 11? I suppose getting back home an hour earlier was extra hassle to cope with, too...
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