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Originally posted by VanBosch VanBosch wrote:

Originally posted by irishmufc irishmufc wrote:

Baku is pain in the bollocks to get to. Stayed there 2 nights before Georgia away and the city is cool enough. We stayed in the old town beside a few of the embassies. Not a peep at night and cops/private security guards everywhere. It's a Muslim country but secular and very safe. People were very nice but a lot had no English. 

Did the overnight train from Baku to Tbilisi. Never again. 


Muslim with beer though right?

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2nd is a play off I take it?
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Originally posted by irishmufc irishmufc wrote:

Originally posted by nvidic nvidic wrote:

Originally posted by irishmufc irishmufc wrote:

Baku is pain in the bollocks to get to. Stayed there 2 nights before Georgia away and the city is cool enough. We stayed in the old town beside a few of the embassies. Not a peep at night and cops/private security guards everywhere. It's a Muslim country but secular and very safe. People were very nice but a lot had no English. 

Did the overnight train from Baku to Tbilisi. Never again. 


Didn't notice that the police or security at all! Didn't have any issue finding any bars either, albeit they were quiet 

Didn't mind the train either πŸ˜‚

We had a cramped 4 bed sleeper and the toilets were third world stuff. Yah there was a security post right below my hotel room but I assume it's there because of the embassies. 

When were you there Vidic? 

Same time as you, I was talking to you a about it LOL

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Originally posted by Dalymount79 Dalymount79 wrote:

Originally posted by ripbomb ripbomb wrote:

Originally posted by Denis Irwin Denis Irwin wrote:

Originally posted by Dalymount79 Dalymount79 wrote:

when are fixtures out? Portugal won’t play in October window due to NL so is it 2 games per window for us?


sh*te yeah. Unless we have them in the November window not a guarantee it'll be a runner for away fans.  
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Ah. They're the odd one out with 5 team groups. 5 x 5 Teams and 5 x 6 teams. Excellent stuff then
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FAI will be praying one of the matchdays not involving us will be later in the campaign along with Portugal at home 
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Confidence levels on the forum will be back to the usual "Ah sure they're not great/they're on the decline".

I'd say we're underestimating Portugal and discounting who else, apart from Ronaldo, plays for them.

Not a bad draw at all though. 
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Any idea when the fixtures will be out? Been to majority of the home games for about the last 6years but planning an away or 2 if fixtures suit. My aul lads 60th next August me and the you ger brother been planning to surprise him with an Ireland away all being well.

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Could of been worse, the fixture list will be important and think we need to start against one of Lux or Azb

Let's hope Ronaldo retires from international football but that's very unlikely 

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Originally posted by nvidic nvidic wrote:

Originally posted by irishmufc irishmufc wrote:

Originally posted by nvidic nvidic wrote:

Originally posted by irishmufc irishmufc wrote:

Baku is pain in the bollocks to get to. Stayed there 2 nights before Georgia away and the city is cool enough. We stayed in the old town beside a few of the embassies. Not a peep at night and cops/private security guards everywhere. It's a Muslim country but secular and very safe. People were very nice but a lot had no English. 

Did the overnight train from Baku to Tbilisi. Never again. 


Didn't notice that the police or security at all! Didn't have any issue finding any bars either, albeit they were quiet 

Didn't mind the train either πŸ˜‚

We had a cramped 4 bed sleeper and the toilets were third world stuff. Yah there was a security post right below my hotel room but I assume it's there because of the embassies. 

When were you there Vidic? 

Same time as you, I was talking to you a about it LOL

We had a two bed sleeper, was grand! Toilets weren't too bad I thought, seen worse! 

Before the Swiss game in Geneva? I don't remember you mentioning Baku but you probably did LOL

 
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Originally posted by Healy52003 Healy52003 wrote:

Could of been worse, the fixture list will be important and think we need to start against one of Lux or Azb

Let's hope Ronaldo retires from international football but that's very unlikely 


Hard to know he'd be nearly 38 by the time the WC itself rolls around if they qualify yet at the same time he may want another crack at it
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Relatively kind draw all in all. We should at least challenge Serbia for that playoff spot till the last game or two, their not nearly as good as they were in the 2018 WC group and hopefully Portugal can take 6 points off them too cos they'll definitely get 6 of us
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Originally posted by The Huntacha The Huntacha wrote:

Confidence levels on the forum will be back to the usual "Ah sure they're not great/they're on the decline".

I'd say we're underestimating Portugal and discounting who else, apart from Ronaldo, plays for them.

Not a bad draw at all though. 

Portugal is a non-runner and will top the group. Crazy for any of us to underestimate them.  I don't see us taking any points off them. maybe one if we're lucky. It's a tough but doable group and we have a chance against Serbia. 
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Ronaldo is only 35. I would say there is next to no chance of him retiring before Qatar WC.
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Originally posted by EdisonCavani EdisonCavani wrote:

Ronaldo is only 35. I would say there is next to no chance of him retiring before Qatar WC.


He's 36 in Feb. He'll be nearly 38 by the time the WC comes around. Wouldn't be shocked if he went after the Euros but he may want one final crack at the WC
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Originally posted by uibhfaillian uibhfaillian wrote:

2nd is a play off I take it?

Yeah, 10 2nd places plus 2 Nations league spots in play offs for last three places. One leg semi final plus final as with euros. 
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We will find Azerbaijan and Luxembourg hard to beat, never mind Serbia or Portugal.
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Luxembourg away in the first game, followed by Azerbijan at home would be the best opening fixtures for us.

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Would've loved Scotland's group even though Israel was a tough enough 4th seed to get. 
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