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EJ
(byroad singer)
07/03/06 10:29 AM
Size Matters - But There Is More new [re: b_mardle]  

In reply to:

Switzerland, joking arent ya? In what way are they bigger then ireland?


The quality and the success of a nation in a given sport is not only influenced by the size of the nation. To a large extend it depends on what history and ranking a sport has in the country. Take Germany's rugby merits, they are non-existent though people play here and even a national team exists somewhere - but still they'd lose to the Welsh Under 12 team any day. And this here is a huge population while the Welsh are few.

So if you compare Ireland to Switzerland you have to see that football has been a major sport in the Alpes for decades, just behind skiing, whereas in Ireland it has yet to develop ino a sport that comes anywhere near professional football as we know it. So in comparison with Ireland the Suisse are giants, though they are certainly not for other countries.

And I want to believe that a light's shining through somehow


theidiot2
(grinning soul)
07/03/06 10:48 AM
Re: Size Matters - But There Is More new [re: EJ]  

Also, in Ireland there are three other major sports - Gaelic football, hurling and rugby - which means that even in a country of four million there are very few who rank soccer as their sport of choice.

Temperature's rising, but any idiot would know that...

Dara
(acolyte)
07/03/06 10:53 AM
Re: Thanks to the German who can edit your idiocy new [re: b_mardle]  

In reply to:

Switzerland, joking arent ya? In what way are they bigger then ireland?



Population. Over 7 million Swiss versus about 4 million Irish. And when you take into account that football is the only ball sport the Swiss take seriously whereas our population spreads itself over football, rugby and Gaelic, then the available number of players is smaller again.

In reply to:

So your honestly saying that failing to qualify for competitions, year after year, with prehaps one exception here and there every once and a while, doesnt piss you off



Why should it piss me off? Does it bother you that an Englishman has never won the Tour de France?

I'm obviously happy when we do qualify, just like I'm happy when an Irish athlete does well, or the Irish rugby team, or an Irishman wins the Tour de France, or an Irish person does well in any of the other 20 or so sports we compete in, but I don't brood over the fact that Padraig Harrington has never won a major.

There's a difference between expecting success, and enjoying it. When you're a small nation competing mostly against much bigger nations with better resources and more numbers, it would be foolish to expect to be successful all the time. You think the Swiss are at home crying about the fact that they didn't win the World Cup? Or are they happy because they made the second phase for the first time?

Slan leat,

Dara

"I could count my friends on one hand, but I'd look like I was giving an invisible friend a hand job." - Shelle

Strawman
(acolyte)
07/03/06 11:02 AM
German Women new [re: Dara]  

In reply to:

(f) Because their women are better looking than yours.


And French women by all accounts.


COME ON ENGLAND!

EJ
(byroad singer)
07/03/06 11:32 AM
German Punch new [re: Strawman]  

Bad news for the German Team. Torsten Frings is banned from the semi-final as the Fifa found him guilty of attacking an Argentinian player after the game on Friday.

What an unnecessary misbehaviour by the best man on the field in that game. Of course the Argies attacked first but hitting back was certainly the wrong answer.

And I want to believe that a light's shining through somehow


Strawman
(acolyte)
07/03/06 11:55 AM
Re: German Punch new [re: EJ]  

Frings has been one of the best midfielders I've seen in this tournament - I don't know if he said anything to provoke the Argentinian but if he didn't it's difficult for a man of my temperament to disagree with Frings reaction.

Who is likely to cover for Frings?

COME ON ENGLAND!

AdamAdministrator
(cricket menace)
07/03/06 12:10 PM
diaspora new [re: Dara]  

In reply to:

Ireland: 4 million


That always amazes me.

They say Australia is underpopulated at 20 million yet Ireland goes back well over 1000 years and have been a more predominantly Catholic country.

Ireland is about the same size as Melbourne.

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EJ
(byroad singer)
07/03/06 12:18 PM
Re: German Punch new [re: Strawman]  

It all happened when after the match against Argentina the Gauchos stated to attack the German players. Unnecessarily Frings fought back and gave a rather mild blow to the chin of Argentina's Cruz. Nothing too brutal but certainly enough for a Fifa punishment. Totally unnecessary, Mr. Frings.

Frings will be substituted either by Werder Bremen's Tim Borowski, if Klinsmann favours a more attacking player with strong passing skills, but Borowski is not a natural defensive midfielder. The other option is Dortmund's Sebastian Kehl. Kehl played in the last WC but was a late returner this time as he had benn out of form for quite some time. He is a good and intelligent player with strong physics and will be Klinsmann's choice if he wants to start the game a little less attacking.

Whoever will play, Frings would have been the better option.

And I want to believe that a light's shining through somehow


Dara
(acolyte)
07/03/06 12:21 PM
Re: diaspora new [re: Adam]  

In reply to:

They say Australia is underpopulated at 20 million yet Ireland goes back well over 1000 years


True. By European standards we're very under populated.

The other thing that is unusual is we have less than half the population we had 160 years ago (before the famine, we had over 8 million). Which of course explains the diaspora.

Slan leat,

Dara

"I could count my friends on one hand, but I'd look like I was giving an invisible friend a hand job." - Shelle

Strawman
(acolyte)
07/03/06 12:47 PM
Re: diaspora [re: Dara]  

The Irish were flocking over to England long before the famine.

And all because of the typical Irish stubborness and their inability to take advantage of the Industrial Revolution.

COME ON ENGLAND!


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