Here it is, The first international Break of the new season and Ireland face a long and perhaps tricky trip to the Cryprus Capital Nicosia. Although Giovanni Trappotoni and the loyal Ireland fans will be hoping to get the goals (and the Guinness 😉 ) flowing.
This will be Ireland’s Eighth Match of their World Cup Qualifying Campaign and are currently in second place one point behind 2006 World cup winners Italy although Trappotoni’s Former team do have a game in hand over the Irish, aswell as four other teams in Group 8. Their Opposition Cyprus will be hoping to seek revenge from the Narrow 1-0 Defeat at Croke Park Last October.
The 24-man Ireland Squad looks like this S Given, J Murphy, K Westwood, J O’Shea, K Foley, R Dunne, S Kelly, E Nolan, S St Ledger, A McGeady, D Duff, D Gibson, G Whelan, L Lawrence, L Miller, K Andrews, K Kilbane, S Hunt, C Folan, A Keogh, K Doyle, R Keane, S Long, L Best.
Key Player for the Ireland team is Robbie Keane, The experienced Former Liverpool striker will be vital in providing goals for the boys in green in this match and also for the whole world cup campiagn. He is lethal finisher with over 90 international Apperances and 35 goals to his name. He is also the current Tottenham Hotspur Captain.
The Cyprus team looks like this M Morfis, A Georgallides, L Louka, L Lombrou, S Okkarides, A Konstantinou, D Daskalakis, M Ilia, A Garpozis, E Charalambous, C Charalmbides, M Satsias, C Kaiafas, L Eleftheriou, C Nikolaou, S Krassas, C Makrides, M Konstantinou, G Okkas, G Giasemi, E Aloneftis, G Nikolaou.
Key Player for Cyprus is Michalis Konstantinou, The leading all time top-scorer is an intimidating figure for any defender and his 6ft 2in frame will surely cause the Irish defence some real problems. He has played in over 400 games for club an country and has scored 27 international goals, His experienced head will be needed in this match.
Build-up from the teams- A busy Week for Experienced Defender Richard Dunne, having ended his 9-year association with Manchester City after moving to English Premier League Side Aston Villa for a fee in the region of £6million. Although confermation of the transfer came through yesturday Dunne was training with his fellow Ireland team mates and is now fully focused on the World Cup qualifier in Nicosia. Heres what Dunne had to say in an Interview: “Those things are always uncomfortable and a bit up in the air when you don’t know where you’re going to be playing for rest of season, so its nice to get it sorted and be to able to come here and concentrate on the two games coming up,”
In Conclusion I think Ireland will have enough Quality to overcome Cyprus in this match , although the fact they are playing away from home they will need to make sure all of there quality players are playing to their best overwise they could be in for a long journey home.