Ireland Team Boosted ahead of Clash with Bulgaria

Sports | March 26, 2009, Thursday // 14:09| Views: | Comments: 2
Bulgaria Ireland Team Boosted ahead of Clash with Bulgaria: Ireland Team Boosted ahead of Clash with Bulgaria Giovanni Trapattoni has been handed a double boost ahead of his sides Saturday meeting with Bulgaria. Photo by

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has been handed a double fitness boost ahead of his side's crucial World Cup qualifier with Bulgaria, local media reported.

Both Shay Given and Aidan McGeady are expected to be fit for the Republic of Ireland's Saturday clash with Bulgaria after initial concerns.

Defender Steve Finnan misses out because of a hamstring injury. Stephen Ireland has also been left out of the squad despite his good recent form.

The news comes days after it emerged that captain Dimitar Berbatov will certainly sit out international duty after suffering an ankle knock during Manchester United clash with Fulham.

The Bulgarians' new manager, Stanimir Stoilov, has been dealt a heavy blow since he can not bank on the experience of one more of his best footballers in the crucial forthcoming World Cup qualifier - Manchester City winger Martin Petrov, who is still recovering from a surgery. Manchester City striker Valeri Bojinov will also miss the match due to injury problems.

Bulgaria ranks third in Group Eight with three points from three matches. The team will be desperate to avoid defeat in Dublin to keep alive hopes of reaching the finals in South Africa.

Bulgaria is up against the Republic on 28 March and Cyprus four days later.


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NellieotAmerica - 26 Mar 2009 // 15:02:41

Since this wealth redistribution project is in full swing in the US, why not limit pro-athlete compensation, which has obviously become bloated due to the evil of capitalism.


- Fans will to vote on player compensation at the end of the year.

- Player comp should be tied to long term team performance, measured by Win/Loss record and game attendance for the subsequent 3 years. Clawbacks of up to 90% will be permitted.

- Players who pose a systemic risk to a team (e.g., A-Rod, Lebron), would be heavily regulated and be subjected to constant, diligent oversight.

- A new federal agency, the Federal Ballbusting Agency, will be created to implement the plan.

- Existing contracts deemed excessive will be voided by
the government.

Sounds like satire, but who really knows where we are headed.

NellieotAmerica - 26 Mar 2009 // 14:18:48

What! No Berbatov? No Stilian Petrov? The Irish got lucky. That's what I call the luck of the Irish. The Irish coach is hot. I love old guys like him.

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