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Four Irish views on the World Cup


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Eric O’Reilly
Iorras Aontaithe
Who’s going to win the World Cup? Brazil
Who will you be cheering for and why? England! Why not? We watch them every week in the Premier League.
Who would you least like to win it? England! We’ll never hear the end of from it from biased England tabloids and TV pundits!
Player to watch? Suarez (who else?)
Earliest World Cup memory? Brazil v France, 1986 quarter-final. It ended in a  penalty shoot-out win for France.
Favourite World Cup moment? Ireland’s penalty win over Romania (unbelievable).
Worst World Cup memory? Saipan.
Favourite World Cup goal? Houghton v Italy in 1994.
Favourite World Cup game? Ireland v Italy in New York.
RTE, BBC or ITV? Has to be RTE. Love them or hate them, ya can’t beat the banter.
Qatar 2022 in three words? Money, money, money.

Aoife Brennan
Castlebar Celtic
Who’s going to win the World Cup? I think Brazil will win it.
Who will you be cheering for and why? Argentina, because I just think Messi is unbelievable!  He deserves to get a winner’s medal.
Who would you least like to win it? France! Still not over the handball incident!
Player to watch? Lukaku for Belgium, he’s a top-class striker I think.
Earliest World Cup memory?  The electricity going in the house when Ireland were playing Cameroon in 2002 and when it came back on Ireland were 1-0 down! Wasn’t a happy camper!
Favourite World Cup moment?  France not getting out of the group stages in 2010 :)
Worst World Cup memory?  Ireland losing to Spain on penalties.
Favourite World Cup goal? Van Bronckhorst, Holland against Uruguay 2010… unreal!
Favourite World Cup game?  Uruguay vs Ghana 2010. Plenty of heart-stopping moments!
RTE, BBC or ITV? ITV or BBC just because the RTE commentators are boring.
Qatar 2022 in three words?  I’ve no clue :)

JP O’Gorman
Westport United
Who’s going to win the World Cup? Belgium.
Who will you be cheering for and why? Seeing as Ireland won’t be in it, I’ll be hoping the USA go far.
Who would you least like to win it? France.
Player to watch? Raheem Sterling.
Earliest World Cup memory? Hearing ‘Olé Olé (AKA Put ’Em Under Pressure) for the first time when I moved from the US to Ireland in 1990. Gets me going every time.
Favourite World Cup moment? Would have to be Ray Houghton’s goal against Italy in 1994. Robbie Keane’s equaliser against Germany in 2002 also.
Worst World Cup memory? Does Thierry Henry’s handball count? Still sickens me to this day the w###er!!
Favourite World Cup goal? Michael Owen’s goal against Argentina in 1998.
Favourite World Cup game? Germany 0 Italy 2, 2006 semi-final. The game had everything. Remember Buffon having a stormer in goal and Italy scoring 2 goals late in extra time. Great game.
RTE, BBC or ITV? None, they’re all clowns. Now stick Donal ‘Homer’ Fahy on the panel and he would tell them a thing or two!
Qatar 2022 in three words? Not gonna happen!

David Sheridan
Who’s going to win the World Cup? I think Brazil will win it, with Belgium running them close.
Who will you be cheering for and why? I’ll be cheering on Brazil, if they play the attacking footy they can without fear. There’s no better team to watch.
Who would you least like to win it? Spain – they have won enough.
Player to watch? I think Lukaku (Belgium) could win the golden boot.
Favourite World Cup moment? Packie Bonner’s save in the shootout in 1990. I had his full kit on – gloves and all. I was watching it in the Beaumont House in Dublin, my aunt’s local, a huge place with a massive projector. I remember being lifted up on everyone’s shoulders after the game, and cars driving around with people hanging out the windows with flags and beeping.
Worst World Cup memory? Ian Harte’s missed penalty against Spain in 2002. They were there for the taking.
Favourite World Cup goal? Frank Lampard’s ‘goal’ against Germany – some strike!
RTE, BBC or ITV? All equally painful. I was leaning towards ITV but no Keano means I’ll probably stick with RTE – just for Bill, not the other relics!
Qatar 2022 in three words? Big brown envelopes.


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