On Sunday morning in Nice we finally found out who the Republic of Ireland would face in qualification for the 2016 European Championships.Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane were in attendance to witness the draw,that would shape the new Ireland management teams future.A lot of TV coverage here in Dublin could only add to the excitement that was to unfold before our very eyes.When the draw was complete the Irish found themselves in Group D with Gibraltar,Scotland,Georgia,Poland and last but not least the Germans. All in all,a tough group but one not to be scared of.Where will it be won and lost ?.Read on below and I will try to unravel our road to France 2016.
There is little doubt that Gibraltar will be the whipping boys of this group as they dip their toe into international qualification for the first time.Their games will be played in Faro in Portugal as their stadium is not at UEFA level to host such games.So if Ireland can take maximum points off the men from the rock,well it will be job done against the minnows.A lot of people feel the group will pan out between Ireland,Poland and Scotland.I myself have to throw Georgia into the mix because as we all know it is never very easy going to Tbilisi to get a result.I think where this group could be won or lost will be in the away games against Georgia,Poland and Scotland..If we can take six points from these three games we could have one foot on the plane to the Euro,s.
Germany will do what Germans do best and qualify.The fact they came here to Dublin quite recently and beat Ireland six one,will have no bearing on this Irish side what so ever.Martin O’Neill will have this side set up in a totally different way to what Trapattoni had when he was manager.The only way to play against the Germans will to be to have a go at them and show some passion. Ok if you lose so be it,but at least have a go and things just might break for the Irish team.So I do not see another six one on the cards,results like that only come around once in a blue moon in International football.
Looking at the whole group from a supporters point of view,their are some tasty trips on the horizon.Portugal will be a beach party for the boys in green and a few beers will be certainly be sank in Germany,Poland and Scotland.I for one am glad that we now know who we meet and overall I feel we can get out of this group if we do the business in the three games I mentioned earlier.All we can do now is wait for the first game on Sunday 7th of September away in Georgia to get this show on the road.Best of luck to Martin and the Boys.