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Is your country going to the World Cup in Germany next year?

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1. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

Ireland play France tonight in Dublin and i can't think about anything else.

We are currently at the top of our qualifying group along with France and Switzerland. Only the top team will qualify automatically.

The nerves are killing me. I have to go to the pub at 04:45 in the morning here in melbourne to see the game.

If Ireland win, we are almost there. If we lose, we are almost out. I'm freaking out with anticipation. It could be one of the greatest games ever in Dublin.

Will your country be represented at the biggest festival of sport on the planet?

Good luck the boys in green.

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

I wouldn't care less who plays there - on condition they are better that their competitors and give a good show.

what fuels your emotions towards the Irish team?

3. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

The World Cup is like the ultimate sporting venue. So much national pride. I can already tell you - the US sucks - hope we don't go so I won't be disappointed. I gotta rout for Ireland and Sweden as I have both in my heritage. And with Germany being the host country and doing so well in the last World Cup - well - I will be watching all their games.

Good luck with your game. :)

4. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

I can't remember the first time i played football, it was too early in my childhood. When we ran around as kids, someone always had a ball with them. Kids would walk up the road with a ball under their arms and a troop would develop behind them. The old cliche of 'jumpers for goalposts' was well and truly alive. Everyday after school we would throw our bags in the house and play football into a broken swing or a garage door until the sun started to set and our ma's would call us in. Every break and lunchtime at school, every hour of daylight, every available opportunity we would run around pretending we were World Cup heroes like Maradona, Zico, Mattheus or Frank McAvennie(!), we never tired and we never wanted to stop.

My Da told me that i huffed for a day when Brazil were knocked out of the 1986 World Cup, i was a purist even at 7 years old.

I played football until alchohol consumed me at college but i still loved the stars the gifts of the Brazilians, the strength of the Italians, the technique of the Dutch and the faultlessness of the Germans, i will watch any game, nothing can get me as emotional as an important football match, the elation and the despair...mostly, the not-knowing. The hope and the fear for my team are natural emotions.

Millions of people worldwide have a love of this game, have a similar story to mine. They haven't become superstars, but they can still dream. Thats what the World Cup is about.

And the richest don't always win.

Why Ireland? As the fella says in Braveheart, 'Its my island'. I want to live to see them top the world. Its highly unlikely, but i want to keep dreaming until the day i die.

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Well, as opposed to last World Cup, this time it's neeeaaarrrrlly guaranteed that the Netherlands will be there!! WOOHOO! 'We' only have a couple of games left that 'we' need to win and they aren't against the best of teams. I'm hoping for a remake next year of 1988 when the EC was in Germany and the Dutch won (with a brilliant goal from M. van Basten, now coach). There's a lot of national pride involved here too, in 1974 the Dutch were beaten in the World Cup final in Germany by Germany. That's still a very sore spot even though the Germans haven't been able to beat the Dutch in years now

Norway on the other hand has a huge game against the Scots tonight. I doubt they are going to win but they need to, just to keep an eye on qualifying. Italy also needs to lose some points and although they never seem to play well, they always seem to make it and get pretty far too! Then again, I might have a thing against Italy after in the EC in 2000 the Dutch lost to them after dominating the entire game (and missing 2 penalties during regular playing time!) and then losing on penalties (missed another 4 I believe!)... not a good day in dutch penalty taking history :)

So yeah, I'll be watching the games!!!

6. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

what about America? Dude, wheres my Country?

7. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

it's not yours - it's Bill Gates or Bush's.

'my' country owns me by my debt of 7865 pounds - and it's this same story for many of us

8. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

it's not yours - it's Bill Gates or Bush's.

'my' country owns me by my debt of 7865 pounds - and it's this same story for many of us

Sjeesj massage, get a life! This is a thread regarding football, not politics. If you don't have anything to contribute in the thread, just don't post. Beats the negative posts!

9. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

Well of course America will be in the WC!!!!!!

Mind you, it might be SOUTH America, or CENTRAL America, but hey, who's counting.

Yup, we USA'ers have never been particularly good at kicking the round ball. It was the first organized sport I ever played. The coach asked me to watch for a while, then choose a position. Naturally, I chose goalkeeper, as he was the only one NOT running all over the field like a maniac. Casual, stand there, wait for something to happen, then LEAP INTO ACTION!!!!

Beerman suddenly remembers the searing pain in his forehead from tackling the goalpost with his head during a successful corner kick...

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't care who it's for - I just wanted to sound like the Spanish speaking announcer on the TV!!!