It’s actually not been the best of footballing years for the Republic of Eire.
Admittedly, 2020 has not been a fantastic yr for anybody, actually – however the report books will present this as an particularly dangerous time for the Boys in Inexperienced.
Worldwide soccer has lastly come to a detailed for an additional calendar yr, though this season was very truncated because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Euro 2020 was pushed again to subsequent summer season, and when worldwide soccer acquired underneath means in 2020 – within the late month of September – Eire had Nations League matches, Euro qualifying play-offs, and friendlies to play.
Throughout the three worldwide breaks in September, October and November, Stephen Kenny’s aspect performed eight matches; however what number of did they win?
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Sure, that’s right; they misplaced 4 and drew the opposite 4 of their matches performed in 2020.
And a type of attracts truly went to penalties, with Eire shedding their Euro play-off to Slovakia on spot-kicks!
That is the primary time since 1971 Eire have gone a whole calendar yr with out successful a single match.
Now you will ask ‘why?’. Simply why have Eire endured such a troublesome yr of outcomes?
Properly, the reply to that’s easy: they don’t rating targets.
Zero wins is a foul sufficient report, however it’s even worse that the Boys in Inexperienced have scored solely ONCE of their eight matches this calendar yr.
And that aim got here all the way in which again of their first fixture of 2020 – towards Bulgaria on September 3!
And it was scored by a defender!
Sure, that’s right. Shane Duffy, a no-nonsense centre-back, is Eire’s high scorer in 2020… with ONE aim.
Eire don’t have the Euros to sit up for subsequent yr, however one does hope issues enhance for the Boys in Inexperienced in 2021.
Properly, issues absolutely can’t get any worse, can they?