The African question; just what are we to do with these irresponsible ruffians?

Jim Beglin is thankful that Sven, at least, has managed to bring a few of them into line:

“There seems to be a good discipline about the Ivory Coast. That’s certainly a European element.”

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Another day, another World Cup miracle. On Monday, we saw a Danish life saved, come Tuesday Ally McCoist had been granted extraordinary powers.

“You can literally see what the players are thinking.”

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Who says footballers are a bit slow? Liam Brady, cribbing about Henry’s handball, underlined the technical acumen in the Irish camp:

“Brian McCarthy, who does the video stuff, brought in a laptop and within five minutes we had it going in the dressing room.”
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Hat’s off to Gilesy. He’s upped his game on the research front. No arguments with this one:

“Elano certainly didn’t do it at Hull.”

Only fair then that we overlook the small matter of three Serie A titles on the spin:

“Mourinho went to Inter Milan, who hadn’t done anything for ages and won the Champions League.”

But then, there’s times when we start to worry:

“When was Schillachi?”

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RTE’s European football correspondent Eamon Dunphy has been making use of his in-depth La Liga insight to peel his keen eye for up and coming talent:

“Players can announce themselves in a World Cup by reaching a new level of performance, Kaka maybe?”

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Where would we be without the daily medical bulletins from Dr. Ray Houghton?

“I can tell you from experience that hurts, cramp.”

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Can anyone out there help Ronnie Whelan? Oh, hang on, forget it, he’s given up…

“What is the exact rule of offside. Is it foot, is it daylight? Doesn’t matter.”

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Round about now, some Slovakian youngsters are setting up a football website in teeth-gritted tribute to Stephen “New George” Alkin:

“Slovakia are just seconds away from one of the biggest wins in their history.. unless New Zealand can score and they have….”

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Adrian Chiles on North Korea’s training regime:

“There is more than one way to skin a cat.”

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With all the talk about negative football at this World Cup, maybe FIFA should rethink their slimmed-down rewards system for victories:

Billo: “Brazil got their two points.”

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