Category: Belarus

Keane slams players over Belarus performance

Cork (Ireland) (AFP) – Roy Keane said on Wednesday he felt like killing some of the Republic of Ireland players who played in Tuesday’s Euro 2016 warm-up defeat by Belarus. However, the plain-speaking 44-year-old assistant coach — who infamously was sent home before the 2002 World Cup finals after a blazing row with then-coach Mick McCarthy — told Irish media he had calmed down a bit the morning after the 2-1 loss.  “Well, I wanted to kill some of them last night,” he told a press conference after training on Wednesday. “I’ve moved on from that.” The former Manchester United ... Read more

Ireland beaten by Belarus in final Euro 2016 warm-up game

Cork (Ireland) (AFP) – The Republic of Ireland ended their preparations for Euro 2016 on a sour note, as they were beaten 2-1 by Belarus in Cork on Tuesday night. Mikhail Gordeychuk gave the visitors a 20th-minute lead with a wonderful curling strike, and Maksim Volodko’s deflected effort doubled the advantage with 25 minutes to go. The Irish gave themselves hope of not ending their Euro preparations with defeat, as Stephen Ward drilled home after being teed up by substitute Shane Long, but a late rally was to no avail. Martin O’Neill made wholesale changes to the side that were ... Read more

Thoughts on England v Belarus match

A slow week for good posts, largely because I’ve been spending most nights writing article after article for the next issue of the EPL Talk Magazine. Thankfully I’ve been able to continue writing with one eye on my laptop, and the other eye on the television. For example, watching today’s England v Belarus friendly on Fox Soccer Channel. What impressed me the most was the venom in the English attacks as Aaron Lennon completely tore past defenders down the right wing. What’s sad, though, is that Lennon won’t get a chance to play on the right wing during the World ... Read more