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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 22, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    South Africa 2010: How it should have been…

    Ciara O'Brien

    Unless you’ve been hiding away on a remote island off the west coast, chances are you know how Ireland exited the upcoming World Cup. Well, now’s the chance for some payback.

    It may be too late to do anything about the result, but if you’re a Fifa fan, you need to get your hands on Fifa World Cup 2010. The game allows you to play out the story of the qualifiers, with selected scenarios that you can revisit, replay and correct the hideous decisions that were made.

    Including Ireland v France and THAT goal. The game drops you in at a pivotal moment: it’s 103 minutes into it, Gallas has just scored and Andy Townsend and Clive Tyldesley are discussing Henry’s handball.

    Your mission is to prevent the French from scoring again, score more goals and win the game for Ireland. (It is not, repeat NOT, to foul every French player going, giving away free kicks left right and centre. That is quite satisfying though.)

    It’s not the only part of the game of course (last week’s Ticket review is here) but it’s definitely the first bit I went for.

    With a bit of luck, you could end up like this:

    • Maggie says:

      I have mixed feelings about my long lost countrymen not coming to South Africa. On the one hand I’m disappointed at not being able to wear green when their games would have been on or yelling my support, on the other hand they will be much safer staying in Ireland. I would hate for something bad to happen to any one of them in this hell-hole.
      Meanwhile, I will support any team that plays against France.

    • Maggie, I have to admit to a good deal of foreboding about the tournament myself. Had we qualified, I wouldn’t have gone near a competition offering free tickets and travel.

    • Kynos says:

      Feckin Sportspoll q ok nowt to say here sorry Ciara

    • Ed says:

      double handball….double. Thats what made all of his excuses rubbish. Once is a mistake twice is slimy froggy cheating.
      However with a murder rate at 50 per day I would not have gone near SA.
      One of the production vehicles for District 9 was car jacked, if people filming a big movie are not safe, what chance for little paddy.

    • Nono says:

      I am French and really sorry about the way we qualified for the World Cup, that shouldn’t have happened this way, But I am amazed that the Irish really dwell on this that much. It does feel like you actually relish the fact that you’ve been wronged… weird. Will the Irish ever move on ?