Ireland WNT learn Qualification future

The Ireland senior women’s team found out when their remaining Euro Qualifiers would take place. Vera Pauw’s team have 3 more games to play, including one at Tallaght stadium.

Ireland will travel to Germany on September 19th, before a trip to Ukraine on October 23rd. The campaign will finish with a home game against Germany.

The remaining fixtures offer a tough test for the Girls in Green, as they face pre-campaign favorites Germany twice.

The Story So Far

Ireland began the campaign under caretaker management with a 2 – 0 win against bottom seeds Montenegro, Tyler Toland and Katie McCabe getting on the scoresheet.

Then came an impressive win against Ukraine. Ireland had led 2 – 0 with McCabe opening the scoring and Rianna Jarrett getting her first international goal. Ukraine levelled things before the break before an own goal gave Ireland the win.

In Greece Ireland led thanks to former Peamount United star Amber Barrett’s strike. However it ended in a disapointing draw as Greece equalized in added time.

In the reverse fixture this past March Ireland were victorious. Diane Caldwell got the goal.

Ireland’s latest match was a 0 – 3 win in an empty arena against Montenegro. Caldwell, McCabe, and Denise O’Sullivan were on the scoresheet.

Ireland sit top of the table, one point clear of Germany having played a game more. Greece are 3rd on 4 points with 4 games left to play. Ukraine have no points but have only played 3 of their 8 games. Montenegro sit bottom with no points after 4 games. If goal difference is to factor, Ireland have the 2nd best with +7, significantly behind Germany who have +31.

1st place qualifies automatically for the Euros, which have been postponed until Euro 2022. The 3 best Runner-ups will also progress, with the remaining 6 2nd place teams going into the play-offs. Ireland are hoping to reach their first ever major tournament.

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Remembering Louis van Gaal at Manchester United

Manchester United had some glorious years through the 90’s, 00’s, and even early 10’s. Trebles, doubles, European nights, and title celebrations, the Ferguson years brought an abundance of success the likes of which we may never see again in terms of pure length. Football moves fast these days, a few bad months and a manager can be out of the job even if they were successful before that. It’s unlikely to ever happen again that a coach stays at a huge club for almost 30 years, constantly rebuilding, and winning league titles across 3 decades.

United have struggled to find their feet since Ferguson left. Under the guidance of David Moyes they failed to qualify for Europe. Jose Mourinho, despite winning some trophies (including the Europa League) didn’t suit the club. Ole’s at the wheel now and Man U seem to be returning to the philosophy of bringing through young British talent. However, there was one man who offered a certain flair that has been lost in the Premier League since his departure.

Louis van Gaal, Big Louis, LVG. The Dutch master who previously won a Champions League and UEFA Cup with Ajax took over from Moyes in 2014. van Gaal won league titles with Bayern Munich, Ajax, Barcelona, and AZ, but this was his first outing in England. When he finished up his role as head coach of the Netherlands by taking them to 3rd place at the World Cup (beating Brazil 3 – 0 to take that title) he was on his way to Old Trafford.

What followed, was the greatest collection of quotes, mishaps, and blunders across two seasons, where he some how lifted the FA Cup days before being sacked. Here we take a non-extensive look at some of his finest moments.

Ouis Va Gaaal Reh Arhy!

His enthusiasm for the role could be heard straight away in his lyrical mispronunciation of his own name.

Mike Smalling

Captains are crucial to the game. They have to have extra commitment to the team. And if that means adopting a new name because your manager calls you the wrong one, then so be it. (Incidentally, van Gaal calling Chris Smalling Mike was not an isolated incident).

Letting Phil Jones Taking Corners
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From Beckham to Ronaldo the Red Devils had many great set piece takers. We can now add Phil Jones to the list.

Horny

The look on Juan Mata’s face confirms that LvG does in fact often use the word ‘Horny’ to his players.

The Rise & Fall

Not content with simply telling the 4th official about Arsenal’s diving, Louis decided to emerge from the bench and put his body on the line to show him first hand.

“Yes! We Go For It!”

He may have enjoyed a few refreshments before making this speech.

Louis van Gaals Army 2: This Time It’s Personal

Backs against the wall, van Gaal had a Benitez Fact Rant-esque go at the reporters, claiming the fans were behind him.

Words Can’t Bring Me Down

“Sticks, and, bones, can break my.. eh?”

We’ll always remember Louis van Gaals all too brief spell at struggling giants Manchester United.

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