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01-29-2013, 05:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Brad Tolliver View Post
90 was all about parking the bus so it was right in Ireland's wheelhouse.

They got a nice group draw in 94 but the Dutch made quick work of them in the round of 16.

The 2002 team that beat the Dutch to qualify was probably their best with a good generation of role players in their prime and a 22 year-old Robbie Keane.

By 2012 they played a bunch of Championship-level players with a 32 year-old Robbie Keane at the Euros and it showed. Much like their neighbors they haven't evolved with the game.
Wouldn't consider Italy (Who made it to the final), Norway and Mexico a nice group draw. If anything it was a tough group.

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