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His fans befriended the Italians, no matter if they won or lost, and after a few beers they could not compare to pub crawl and laughter. Italy stunned everyone at the World Championships in Italy in the 90s, turning it into a sympathetic team with a green invasion of happy and carefree people who conquered the fans.
Air’s qualification for the 1990 World Cup began with the appearance of one of the greatest talents in Irish history, from the 1988 European Championship in Germany. Jack Charlton is the coach, and the team includes goalkeeper Pat Bonner, defender David O’Leary and center forward John Aldridge, who not only hate to score but also to argue with opponents and referees. The qualifying round also includes cousins from Spain, Hungary, Northern Ireland and Malta, in the top two. Air has never reached the final stage of the World Championship, and this time the conditions seem to be right, as Charlton’s team is excellent and the opponents outside of Spain do not look irresistible. Their debut in Seville, Spain on November 16, 1988 ended in a knockout for the Irish, who lost 2-0, but were convinced they could play it, and Biancoranciowardi would never lose again. He also expressed his desire to beat the Spaniards 1-0 in Dublin on April 26, 1989. In the derby against Northern Ireland on October 11 of the same year, the score was almost 3-0, which was concentrated 4 days later. Magyar was eliminated from the World Cup after Hungary drew with Spain.
The Republic of Ireland celebrates this historic milestone when the Beer Rivers flooded Dublin and surrounding areas. The draw for the final is exciting: Ireland are in Group F with the reigning European champions, the English, of the Netherlands and Egypt. In short, the World Cup debut seems like an uphill battle for the Irish, however, and they do not intend to give up before the start and, above all, before playing three matches on Italian soil. If they sweat, so, they say in Ireland where the victory against us comes in thousands, thousands of supporters there begin to praise their national team in Italy. Charlton does not care who his opponents are, thanks to his enthusiasm, determination and perseverance in the game, he is convinced that his team can give everyone a hard time, allowing the Irish to win their first participation in the European Championship in history. And then to the World Cup, a sign that that generation will be able to write the most important page for the country in terms of football. Don’t worry, so, of course, it will be up to others to worry about Ireland, so brave and confident.
Italy’s debut in the 90s takes place against England on June 11 at the Santelia Stadium in Cagliari. Hutton will also hurt Sachi’s Italy in US 94. The England-Air match was a strange and tactical one, with strong winds, an English score with a liner, and then in the 73rd minute Jack Charlton’s men drew with Shedi: 1-1, as in the other match in the group between Egypt and the Netherlands, with 1 point in the standings and the same goal difference after the first day. Six days have passed and history repeats itself: 0-0 at Cagliari between Holland and England, 0-0 at Palermo between Ireland and Egypt: all at 2 and the same English average. In the final round on 21 June, England defeated the Egyptians 1-0, the only victory in the entire group, with Ireland beating the Netherlands 1-1 in Palermo (Goal Gallit and Niall Quinn equalized at 70). Forced to withdraw, this would cause them to lose in the second round against Germany.
Eire surprised everyone, of course it would not play great football, but even the best non-standard players could not afford it; However it is a solid team, compact and does not refuse at all, it does a few simple things, but it does well, and it will be enough to win those 3 draws to win Round 16, which will face another surprise in the tournament, Romania. Ireland and Romania compete in the eighth final on June 25, 1990 at 5 pm in Genoa, perhaps less than the World Championship, but not interested in this. Race, to be honest, does not offer a show or a flash game, both teams learn from each other, they want to be satisfied with the balance, they play chess more than football, the result is 0-0 unlocked or not after regular time and after extra time. Penalties are needed to decide who should pass the turn: Total balance even from place: Hogi, Shedi, Lupu, Houghton, Rotary, Townsend, Lupesco, Cascarino score. Then it’s the turn of the final series: midfielder Timofte pulls and saves the bonnet for the Romanians; At this point O’Leary can score and send the air to the quarter. David O’Leary is a central defender, not too rough and technically out, playing for Arsenal in England and has never taken a penalty in his life. But for the national team he went to the venue, looked at the goalkeeper and simply dismissed him, then knelt on the ground, overwhelmed by the excitement of his teammates, and in the evening the fans dried up the pubs in Liguria and celebrated. Success.
Ireland reached the quarter-finals of their World Cup debut, an unexpected result yesterday, but now it seems to fully deserve it. The hurdle to the semifinals is, perhaps, the most difficult possible, namely Italy’s hosts. The match between Azzurri and Air is scheduled for the evening of June 30, 1990 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, with supporters of both teams embracing each other on the streets of the northern part of the capital in the afternoon. United by the desire to party from the usual atmosphere of alcoholism and world championships, but ready to part with joy for the evening of the semi-finals. In front of more than 70,000 spectators, the match begins, with Italy taking the lead, Ireland retreating into the defense, hoping to concede a goal and seize any chance the Assyrians in Vicini might be allowed. But Italy are both careless and attentive at the same time, with Shillasi striking again, and the Sicilian striker stamping the card, scoring 38, after a single error from the tournament’s boner; Donadoni’s shot from the edge of the box, in fact, was awkwardly rejected by the goalkeeper, and Shillasi comes on for a rebound, 1-0 for Italy. Eire tried, but did not break, and until the triple whistle there was the cry of the Olympic team with the Italian national team, which led the Assyri to the semifinals and sent the Irish home with the utmost respect.
The Irish race thus ended in the quarter-finals, an unexpected goal, but set up a national team that attracted everyone, and was able to repeat that in the USA ’94 as they reached the second round. Even at the end of the match against Italy in Rome, Irish fans rejoiced with the Italians in clubs and pubs, all celebrating, the only satisfaction of reaching the semifinals was the trip for Iire and U2. Concerts but now finally football.
Written by Marco Milan
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