International Friendlies 2013/14

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Re: International Friendlies 2013/14

Postby eujin » Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:11 pm

While the big boys of Scandinavian football, Sweden and Iceland, concentrate on World Cup qualification, the minnows of Denmark and Norway are playing off tonight, in Herning of all places.

Denmark's coach, Morten Olsen, says that now that Drillo has left, Norway have begun to play like Brazil. :shock:

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Re: International Friendlies 2013/14

Postby eujin » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:56 pm

The German FA have released a video of their team traveeling on the Tube ahead of tonights's match against England at Wembley.

http://tv.dfb.de/index.php?view=6767

They were making their way from Des Walker station near their hotel to Alf Ramsey station at the stadium, or at least that was what was told to them. The Daily Mail and the BBC seem to have different versions of the football map

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A fuller version appears on the FA site http://www.thefa.com/News/2013/oct/~/media/A3340A58E70245C2BCF8F35142994BD8.ashx

Gary Mabbutt did well to get a central role, especially since the light blue (Victoria) line is supposed to be women players. The cable car gondola is named after the two captains of the first international. Very fitting :smt101

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Postby Holyjoe » Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:03 pm

I hope they didn't get any London Underground ticketing advice from Christian Gross...

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Re: International Friendlies 2013/14

Postby Holyjoe » Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:10 am

Gibraltar's official international debut tonight ended in a pretty creditable 0-0 home draw with Slovakia. Next up for them is a 'home' (which for them is currently the Estadio Algarve in Portugal until their national stadium is increased in capacity to meet UEFA standards) game against the Faroe Islands in March, surely an opportunity to knock a few in there? Fun times for Adam Priestley in particular, who is most probably the only player ever to be called up for international duty whilst playing for Northern Premier League Division One North side Farsley. Having just looked that one up on Wikipedia I love the fact that the Farsley manager is a chap called Neil Parsley.

In other international friendly news Scotland won again beating Norway 1-0. That should put us up to about 3rd in the FIFA rankings as we just can't seem to stop picking up shedloads of ranking points these days. If only the European Championship qualifiers started next week, we'll be back to being shit again by the time they come around.

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Postby nzfooty » Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:39 am

Yup, there is an interesting article about them on the BBC website:
Gibraltar: Can Uefa's newest football nation rock Europe?
Match report:
Gibraltar 0 - 0 Slovakia
Chester defender Danny Higginbotham who played for Gibraltar in their first ever international, as they drew 0-0 with Slovakia: "It was very emotional before and after the game. It's been a long way to get here and I don't think too many people thought we would get the result but we deserved it.

"It was backs against the wall for most of the game but we expected that but in the end we were unfortunate because we had a few good chances at the end.

"We have some friendlies coming up in March but now we have the belief we can do something because Slovakia are a good side and we should take a lot of positives. We are moving in the right direction and today was a result no one expected but we are very proud."

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Re: International Friendlies 2013/14

Postby Holyjoe » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:25 pm

I wonder then who holds the distinction of playing the furthest down the English football pyramid structure whilst also representing their country? Saw this article yesterday about Rob Gier, captain of the Philippines national team, who plays for Ascot United who are at level 9 of the pyramid in the Hellenic Football League Premier Division. That's one level lower than the one at which Gibraltar international Adam Priestley plays at with Farsley.

Non-league footballer captains Philippines after typhoon
21 November 2013

A non-league footballer who captained the Philippines a week after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the country says cancelling the game was not an option.

Rob Gier, who plays for Ascot United in the ninth tier of English football, was involved in the nation's first outing following the typhoon which killed over 4,000 people - a 1-1 draw with India.

"It was our chance to show people that we're thinking of them," Gier said.

The 33-year-old played 71 times for Wimbledon between 2000-04.

Gier was called up to the Philippines national team in 2009 while playing for Grays Athletic, following spells at Rushden and Diamonds, Cambridge United, Woking and Aldershot.

The defender, who has family who live in the area surrounding the devastated city of Tacloban, admitted it was hard for his Philippines team-mates to return to playing football.

"It was really strange and emotional," he told BBC World Football: "We all feel helpless and this is the first opportunity we've got to give a bit of positivity to the people back there."

Gier added that his family home near Tacloban "has been flattened" and there remains concern over family members who are still missing over three weeks since the typhoon struck.

"It was really strange and emotional," he said. "We all feel helpless and this is the first opportunity we've got to give a bit of positivity to the people back there."

"You're trying to concentrate on the game and prepare right while seeing pictures on the TV of people who haven't got any food. It's been a really strange time.

"I said to the guys before that it's really important to put on a good show. I know us winning the game wasn't going to put food on the table and wasn't going to rebuild houses, but whatever we could do to bring a bit of positivity back to the people back there was going to be really important."

Sunil Chhetri found the net for India in the international friendly in the United Arab Emirates, but Phil Younghusband equalised within a minute, as Philippines held the hosts to a draw.

"At no point did we ever talk about cancelling the game with India. We were out there already and everything was already taken care of - it didn't seem right to cancel the game.

"Both the UAE and India let us have a minute's silence which was an important time to reflect just before the game," Gier added.

The Ascot-born centre-back, who is also the European scout for the Philippines, admits that he hopes the game can provide renewed hope to the country.

"Football is this wonderful thing that brings the whole world together and can highlight different things throughout the world, so if it can help highlight all the trouble that is going on in the Philippines at the moment, then that's all that we need.

"This is not a thing just for football it's a time for humanity to pull together and try and help those most in need."


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