Former Tottenham Hotspur and Republic of Ireland striker, Robbie Keane has announced his retirement from football as a player.
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Former Tottenham Hotspur and Republic of Ireland striker, Robbie Keane has announced his retirement from football as a player.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill might be without some key players next month in what might be an important match for his career at the head of the national team. Indeed players such as Seamus Coleman, Harry Arter, and Rice might be missing the games scheduled for next month.
Republic of Ireland are making an impressive campaign in their qualifying matches for the 2016 Euro’s as the team of Martin O’Neil has not lost a single match so far and remain at the top of Group D along with Poland as they both have secured a total of 7 points so far.
The latest qualifying match that Republic of Ireland played was against Germany in a game that took place at the Veltins-Arena in Germany and a goal from Toni Kroos at the 71st minute gave the German team the lead but just when the match was about to end, John O’Shea scored a late goal which equalized the match 1-1 and forced both squads on having to settle with 1 point.
This was a fairly disappointing result for Germany as they were in need of a victory and had control of the match for the majority of the time but just couldn’t hold on to their lead.
‘It’s a precious point and it might be vital at the end of the campaign. To see John scoring, wearing the armband too, and it so late in the game, well it had everything,’ grinned O’Neill who has overseen an unbeaten start to Group D. We’ve had two tough away games and we’ve got seven points. It was a great point for us, in the context of coming to the home of the world champions and getting something from the game. I still feel Germany is the strongest team in the group’’ Republic of Ireland’s coach Martin O’Neil said.
This draw was huge for Republic of Ireland as they managed to snatch a valuable point when playing against the current champions of the world in their own turf. The side of Martin O’Neil continues their march at the top spots of Group D while Germany will have to start performing better if they want to secure a spot to the 2016 Euro’s.
Japan’s early departure from the 2014 World Cup wrapped up Alberto Zaccheroni’s time in charge of the Japanese as he was replaced by the Mexican manager Javier Aguirre.
Javier Aguirre is believed to have signed a 2 year long contract the national Japanese team with the former coach of Mexico earning around $2.5 million each year and if he manages to seal positive results during his time in charge of the squad, the contract has an option that would allow him to continue being the manager for an extended period of time.
The 55 years old Mexican coach Javier Aguirre already has experience in not only coaching national football teams’ but also in managing big clubs such as: Athletic Madrid.
When the announcement was made official to the public, the technical director of the Japanese national football team Hiromi Hara went on praising Javier Aguirre and explaining some of the reasons why the board of directors opted to choose the Mexican as the next coach of Japan.
“We have agreed on terms and the executive board has approved his appointment. He has a lot of experience. He knows how to win and that’s exactly what we want to raise the level of our team. I want him to help us become the kind of team that can stand firm even when we’re playing badly or we’re up against a strong opponent. We wanted someone with experience of European or South American football, and he also has international experience and experience of the World Cup.”
Aguirre has done a reasonably well job with Mexico during his time coaching the national side as he guided the team to the round of 16 on 2 different occasions during the 2002 and 2010 World Cup.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has decided to bring in Daryl Murphy back to international fold at the expense of Robbie Keane. The Ipswich Town man has been in fine form this season, but O’Neill took time to explain the decision to include him in the squad. The former Aston Villa manager says that he has had a look at Murphy and was impressed with what he offered on the pitch. He said that the performance against Blackpool was especially of greater significance towards his selection back to the international team.
Robbie Keane, who has been one of the finest players for Ireland over the last decade, will not be available for the upcoming friendly against Serbia. Both teams have failed to qualify for the World Cup 2014. As a result, this friendly match holds less significance especially given that the European championship qualifying matches do not begin until September. However, Ireland will learn their fate about the group opponents next week, as the draw is made by UEFA for this competition. The friendly matches against Turkey and Italy will hold greater significance with regard to team selection for the qualifying matches.
However, it does give Murphy an opportunity to cement himself in the national team, which is expected to undergo massive changes following the arrival of O’Neill.
“I thought Murphy played very well. I spoke to Mick who has been happy and if Robbie was not going to be involved, I thought, right, let us get him involved. I have only seen him once, live, but thought he did great (against Blackpool). I might revisit the McGoldrick situation once his injury clears. At this minute he is injured. I cannot transfer players but if at this minute young talent is not there, I can’t pick them,” said O’Neill.
Martin O’Neill was recently appointed as the replacement for Giovanni Trapattoni after the latter was sacked from his role as the Republic of Ireland manager. The former Aston Villa man has roped in Roy Keane as one of the coaches. Keane has been out of work for the last few years along with O’Neill. However, it has been a tough few months for the Irish since they have not been able to see O’Neill manage the team in a competitive match since taking over. They have been involved in a few friendlies against Latvia and Poland.
O’Neill remains undefeated in the two matches, but he has – for the first time – stated that international management is very different from club management due to the weight for matches. After being involved in club football with the likes of Leicester, Aston Villa, and Sunderland over the last decade, O’Neill is finding it hard to not manage his team in the heat of a match often. Ireland’s next competitive match will not be until September. They will start in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with the belief that they can make it to this competition after missing out on the World Cup.
Ireland did qualify for the Euro 2012, but they were knocked out of the competition after failing to win even a single match.
“That’s the most difficult part of it. But I knew that when I took the job on. There are a lot of games I have been to and you envy the managers who are adversaries on the touchline. They probably think it would be better to be sitting in the stands. At first, I found it strange to get used to but it will pass. We have to wait until September for our first competitive match but I think it will kick in when we get the draw,” said O’Neill.
Martin O’Neill, who was recently appointed as the new Republic of Ireland manager to replace Giovanni Trapattoni, has praised the performance of his players in the recent 0-0 draw with Poland. Even though this was an away match, Ireland managed to come away with a positive result according to O’Neill. The former Sunderland manager has joined hands with Roy Keane to transform the fortunes of Ireland, who have been criticised a lot in recent years. They reached the Euro 2012 under Trapattoni, but failed to win even a single match at this tournament.
O’Neill will be handed the task of getting the team to Euro 2016 after the team failed to reach the World Cup 2014. The team was recently involved in a friendly match against Poland. They were coming into the match on the back of a convincing 3-0 win over Latvia at home. This was the first match of O’Neill, which saw the team play with a spirited attitude and scored goals. However, they could not open the scoring against Poland, but the manager was happy with the display of his players by saying that it was a resilient performance.
“We are away from home and it’s a good result in that sense. We can improve on lots of things and the players think that themselves. It was tough going at times – there were very few chances but we saw it through. I won’t see them for some time now and I’ll have withdrawal symptoms. I’m not so sure it will be the same for the players,” said O’Neill.
Martin O’Neill is known for his spells at Aston Villa and Celtic.
Republic of Ireland will next face Serbia in a friendly match in March. They could schedule friendly matches in the summer against teams that did not qualify for the World Cup.
Giovanni Trapattoni has been the manager of Republic of Ireland for last five years, but it seems that his spell in charge of the national team is coming to an end. Only qualification to the World Cup in 2014 is likely to keep him in the job. There are already a number of candidates being linked with the role. The likes of Martin O’Neill, Brian McDermott, and Mick McCarthy have been touted as possible successors for Trapattoni, but Swedish striker Tobias Hysen thinks that former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane is the best man for the job.
Keane is out of work after having left Ipswich Town a few years ago. So far, he has managed only two clubs in his managerial career. He had the most success at Sunderland when they were in the Championship, but his record in the Premier league is mediocre. This led to the Sunderland exit following which he took over the Ipswich job. He was given the task of getting Ipswich into the Premier league, but he failed in that objective despite spending a lot of money.
“I played under Roy at Sunderland in 2006/07 when he took us from bottom to top of the Championship. I’ve no doubt he’ll get back into management because he was probably the best I played under. All Roy does is place the same demands on players that he placed upon himself at United. Some of the English players at Sunderland had a problem with that approach but I didn’t. He was one of Ireland’s most successful players, so why not give him a chance to manage the national team?” asked Hysen.
So far, Keane has been noncommittal about his next job in management because he is aware that another failure could spell doom to his aspirations of being a top manager.
Fiorentina recently managed to secure the signing of German international Mario Gomez for an undisclosed fee. The former Stuttgart striker has grown frustrated of life at the Allianz Arena after spending most of the last season on the bench at Bayern Munich. Hence, he was extremely concerned about the chances of him being in the German squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This has led to his move to the Italian club, who have been creating waves after the arrival of Vincenzo Montella.
He took over the club only last season and almost netted them a top three place at the end of the season. It has been several years since Fiorentina were last seen in the Champions league, but there is a real belief within the fans that the club can achieve something special after the arrival of Gomez. During his spell at Bayern Munich, he managed to score 113 goals in just 174 matches. At 27 years of age, he is at the peak of his career. Trapattoni, who saw enough of Gomez while managing Stuttgart, has said that he has all the ability to make Fiorentina a great club once again.
Gomez was in the Stuttgart second-team when Trapattoni was managing the first-team.
“He was in the second team of Stuttgart. A clever boy, twice a week for hours he and I were to see the technical and tactical aspects for improvement and I’m happy with his career. When [Uli] Hoeness and [Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge called me to ask an opinion I did not hesitate a moment in recommending him. Improvements? He’s physically gifted, and mobile despite its size. He had to improve with the left foot, which he did. Mario can perform what is the aspiration of Fiorentina,” said Trapattoni, whose team will next face Wales in a friendly match.
The Republic of Ireland face a difficult task in order to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The team are currently fighting against Austria and Sweden for the final qualification spot in their group. Germany’s impressive form means that the automatic qualification spot is out of reach for these contenders. They will have to qualify for the World Cup through the play-offs at best. Ireland are at a disadvantage compared with Austria and Sweden in this fight, which is putting a lot of pressure on manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney is the latest to put more pressure on Trapattoni by saying that the team should win four out of the last five qualification matches. He has said that only a return of 12 points from these matches will help Ireland at least come close to playing at the World Cup. Trapattoni, though, has done a remarkable job in the views of many to help Ireland qualify for a major tournament in the form of the European championships 2012 after a long time. However, Ireland did not enhance their reputation after suffering an embarrassing defeat in this competition.
After failing to win the last two World Cup qualifying matches, Ireland do need a victory from the next match against Faroe Islands in June.
“We’re running out of games to catch up. It would have been a bit easier had we won against Austria, but we move on. Our challenge is to try and win at least four of our last five games. We were very unfortunate to only get two points from the games against Sweden and Austria. We deserved more. But we have the Faroe Islands next (in June) and we should win that. Then, there’s the big double in September when we have Sweden at home and Austria away,” said Delaney.