Wednesday 17 January 2018

Euro 2012 diary

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Trap not one for hanging around

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI doesn't like hanging around in unfamiliar places for too long, and this trip to Armenia is a relatively short one in terms of the amount of time that will actually be spent in Eurasia.

The charter flight, including team, officials and media, will set off from Dublin Airport at 2.30 today, for a five-hour flight with a scheduled arrival of 11.40 local time.

Ireland plan to set off for home at almost exactly the same time two days later -- not long after the final whistle. Some managers would take extra-time to recover from a relatively long flight, but Il Capo prefers to do things this way.

Contrast that with the trip to Cyprus in 2006 when, with the flight time in mind, Stan and the lads travelled over on the Wednesday for a Saturday match, and then stayed over after the game. Didn't work out too well then, though.

Jury out on Wilson?

ANTHONY Stokes and Marc Wilson were the two main Irish players in demand yesterday; you just wonder if Trapattoni will be interested in them by the time this Euro 2012 campaign reaches the business end.

His views on Stokes are clear enough -- with Marco Tardelli articulating the belief that the Celtic new boy needs to work harder for the team -- but the situation with Wilson is less clear.

After being called up for the game with Argentina last month, Wilson pulled out through injury and then played a Carling Cup tie for Portsmouth. Thus, he was left out for this squad. Considering his burgeoning reputation as a holding midfielder -- and the fact that Stoke were so keen to get him, they were prepared to let Dave Kitson and Liam Lawrence go in the opposite direction -- then it can surely only be a matter of time before he wins a senior cap. Or is he in the bad books?

Number of the Day

13The members of the original 25-man Irish squad who've suffered injury problems of various degrees this term (Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger, Paul McShane, Darren O'Dea, Keith Andrews, Glenn Whelan, Liam Lawrence, Aiden McGeady, Damien Duff, Keith Treacy, Kevin Doyle, Robbie Keane, Shane Long.) And probably a few more we weren't told about. An unlucky period.

Armenian slang Of the day

'Sh'norhavor lini' -- Meaning congratulations, the greeting which the Irish players will hope to be receiving from the locals as they board their charter flight out of Yerevan airport on Friday night.

Irish Independent

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