Trap should look to reformed Kenny

Almost five years on, the fall-out from Ireland’s humiliation in Nicosia seems to go on. That galling 5-2 hammering at the hands of Cyprus signaled the end of the international road for three of the starters that night. Clinton Morrison has only appeared once in a 40-man provisional squad since, whilst sliding down the divisions in England, currently scoring occasionally at League One Sheffield Wednesday. Andy O’Brien was callously dropped by then-manager Steve Staunton, but submitted his international retirement when called up by caretaker Don Given in early 2008. The final member of the alternative three amigos is goalkeeper Paddy Kenny. His situation is unique compared the aforementioned duo, in that many observers feel Kenny has a chance of representing his adopted country again. Starting with this evening’s vital Euro 2012 qualifier at home to Macedonia.

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Il Fenomeno tributes sadly lacking

Valentine’s Day 2011 saw an announcement anticipated but met with sorrow around the football world and mourned with open grief in his native Brazil. Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima stated at a hastily arranged press conference in Sao Paolo that he was retiring from the sport. The 34-year-old was clearly distraught and broke down several times as he explained the reason he can no play longer the game so dear to him.

I’ve lost the struggle against my body

This was a grim statement and fuel for the cynics that hilariously christened him “Fat Ronaldo”, so he would not be confused with the Portuguese impostor. On hearing the news, I expected a raft of tributes, obituaries and gushing appraisals of a career that touched the lives of millions. Unfortunately this was not the case. Continue reading