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John Doyle: My prediction for Irish team was on the ball -- but I wish it wasn't

John Doyle

Published 21/11/2011 | 05:00

I WAS briefly famous on Twitter recently, for a prediction I made in 2007 -- "Ireland won't qualify for a major tournament until the economy collapses and everybody is poor again."

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In 2007 I was then, as I am now, an Irishman and an arts columnist for 'The Globe and Mail' in Canada, but I was writing too about football, covering World Cups and Euros.

I was also writing a book about football -- the madness of football passion and the way small countries can be defined and elevated by success on the international football stage. I had good reason: in my life, as in that of so many other Irish people, Euro '88 and Italia '90 were defining moments.

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