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Ireland v The Czech Republic Preview

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Like the Colosseum plebs,
For whom fine favour flows and ebbs,
We will take our seats with very mixed emotions.
Half-afraid, through parted fingers,
We will watch the fare they bring us,
Like a sceptic kneeling palely at devotions.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 For we think the bubble’s burst
And we roundly fear the worst,
And we’re fearful that we might receive a drubbing.
And the crowd will wax linguistic
In a manner masochistic
To a backdrop of three million people blubbing.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Is the end now nigh for Stan
Just as soon as it began,
With the players pulling out like drowning rats?
Or will those quirky football gods
Conspire to upset all the odds,
And earn a reprieved manager caveats.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Are we going to watch a hanging?
To engage in vicious slanging?
Or will we go to cheer like proper fans?
Will the thumb be up or down?
Red paint decorate the town?
Or will we re-evaluate the plans?

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Notes

This game is somewhat surreal, like going to watch a public execution…

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/ireland-v-the-czech-republic-preview/