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World Cup Playoff: Portugal vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina

In Football, World Cup 2010 on November 12, 2009 at 11:28

By Joe,


Cristano Ronaldo won't be able to help his country out but Portugal can still qualify without his help

Portugal have been one of the major football nation to emerge in the last tournament in the European Championship and the World Cup. This time they face elimination threat as they face Bosnia-Herzegovina in a playoff two legged tie.  Danmark and Sweden qualified ahead of Portugal in the group and the Portuguese are desperate to join the others in the prestige tournament next summer.

Portugal are in this situation simply because they could not overcome the absence of their best player Cristiano Ronaldo. He is included in the squad against Bosnia but a rift between his club Real Madrid and country have appeared to resulted that he will not be fit for the match. Portugal Coach Carlos Queiroz has picked his 23 man squad and expect Ricardo Costa, Deco, Tiago, Nani, Simao and Richardo Carvalho in the starting lineup. He is also boosted with Hugo Almeida and Miguel returning from fitness.

Bosnia-Herzegovina finished second in their group behind European Champions, Spain. Head Coach Miroslav Blažević will be plotting his master plan to evict Portugal in this vital playoff two legged tie. Two players that Bosnia will count on in taking them to the world cup are Zlatan Muslimovic, from Udinese, and Edin Dzeko, Wolfsburg. Both players are top scorer for their country and if they can get things going then the Portuguese might find it tough to handle them. Bosnia will do their best to qualify for the world cup for the first time in their history.

It will be a tragedy if Portugal does not make it to the World Cup but a strong bond Bosnia team are a good replacement for them. Portugal will do their best to wrap up the tie in Lissabon and if that happens, Bosnia will be facing a uphill struggle to qualify. Bosnia knows this is already a tough task so they would try to avoid getting trashed in Portugal, if possible.

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World Cup Playoff: Ireland vs. France

In Football, World Cup 2010 on November 11, 2009 at 10:28

By Joe,

Can Robbie Keane shoot Ireland in the World Cup next summer in South Africa?

Can Robbie Keane shoot Ireland into the World Cup next summer in South Africa?

A two legged tie between Ireland and France will determine one winner who will join the big party in South Africa next summer for the World Cup. The first tie will be played in Ireland at Croke Park and the Irish will be hoping to get a good result at home before traveling to France next Wednesday for the second leg. France are favorites to go through to the World Cup.

Ireland are no strangers to play offs as they were in the playoff qualifying round for the World Cup in South Korea and Japan 2002. They beat Iran 2-0 in Croke Park but lost 2-1 out in the 2nd leg in Iran denying them a place in the World Cup 2002. Today, they have another chance to qualify for the World Cup again through the Playoff but this time with a stronger squad and with an experience Italian Coach, Giovanni Trapattoni. The Italian have call up most of the Premier League Irish players like Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne, John O’Shea, Shay Given, Stephen Hunt and Kevin Doyle to lead the way to a place in South Africa. Keiren Westwood will be replaced by Brain Murphy.

France have surprisingly omitted Captain Patrick Vieira for their double encounter against Ireland. Coach Raymond Domenech decided to cut Vieira because he has not been a regular in the Inter team. Vieira has only appeared nine times for Inter in all competition. Domenech has an aura of doing his business in a mysterious way and he has striked once again by picking two uncapped players, Girondins Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso and Olympique Lyon defender Aly Cissokho. France will be travel to Ireland with familiar faces like Nicolas Anelka, Abou Diaby, Patrice Evra and Thierry Henry.

Ireland was unbeaten in their group and that’s a positive sign going into the match against France. There will be no shortage of excitement in this tie and both teams have players to attack at any given time. Last time France visited Croke Park, they were victorious with a 1-0 win but this time the Irish will at least claim a draw.

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