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WC2014 : Qual round 3 & 4

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 England 5 – 0 San Marino

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 To play the world’s worst team
Must be such a dream
Although the toughest opponent
On the teamsheet
Is X Pectation
Who always exceeds, if never excels

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Poland 1 – 1 England

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Rain, rain, go away
Come back another day…

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Better still
Dance upon the roof
With a pitter patter
That doesn’t matter
To those of us assembled inside
As we watch the retractable slide
Shut;
Or not –
For what we saw, in Warsaw
Was too many puddles
And administrative muddles
As the fans were left
Bereft
Of a game

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 The next day
They got to play –
With rivalry renewed
A draw ensued

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Ireland 1 – 6 Germany

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Humiliation.

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Not the losing
for that was half-expected
‘twas more –
the lack of heart
which was never part
of our make-up
and then rumour mill
of a break-up
twixt FAI and Trappatoni…
so will Giovanni
still be a crony
by tourney’s end?

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 Faroe Islands 1 – 4 Ireland

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 I hate artificial pitches
For all the obvious reasons
Too hard, too fast, too much bounce
But also because
There’s not enough rhymes…
Fortunately there was nothing too drastic
On that plastic
And although it’s always ‘beware foes’
We safely dispatched the Faroes

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Notes

Group H
Fri Oct 12th

England 5-0 San Marino
(Rooney, Wellbeck, Rooney, Wellbeck, Oxlade-Chamberlain)
Alex Oxygen-Chamber’s first international goal – and what a beautiful beaming smile to celebrate.

That’s now the first father and son to score for England! (Mark Chamberlain scored on his debut, v Luxembourg, December 1982,scoring in the same game where Luther Blissett became the first coloured player to score for England).

Wed Oct 17th
Poland 1–1 England (Rooney)

Group C
Fri Oct 12th

Ireland 1-6 Germany
(Keogh) The Germans scintillating, scoring 6 goals from 8 on target attempts

Tues Oct 16th
Faroe Islands 1 – 4 Ireland
(Wilson, Walters, Justinusson (o.g.), O’Dea)

0-0 at half time, some butterflies, then we took control.

Later in the week, the FAI publicly backed Giovanni Trappatoni and his management team (or is it more a case that they cannot financially afford to sack him?)

Giovanni was encouraged to attend more Premiership matches in person, to run the form book over his players. He then attended Norwich v Arsenal, where hopefully he took note of the good form of Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilkington!

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/wc2014-qual-round-3-4/