It’s the international break and many countries wait with excitment for this weekend’s and next Wednesday’s 2010 World Cup Qualifiers. Some exciting ones from the UK include England v Croatia, Scotland v Macedonia, Wales v Russia and finally Poland v Northern Ireland.
As I am from Northern Ireland, I obviously care most about that trip to Poland that is make or break time for the Green and White Army. Sitting 2nd in the table 2 points below Slovakia and having played 1 game extra, Northern Ireland still have it all to do if they wish to qualify. This weekend match in Poland will be a major match as it could all but end our hopes of qualifying or it could take us one huge step closer. The table is still wide open because four teams are very close and it will probbaly go down to the last match before it is clear who goes through.
Another reason why this match is so important is because of the way that Northern Ireland won the reverse fixture a number of months ago. Artur Boruc’s blunder which turned out to be the winner in the thrilling 3-2 victory at Windsor Park, is considered to many as a very special moment in Northern Ireland footballing history! But now, the Polish are out for revenge. This fixture is as important to them as it is to us as they also need a win to keep their hopes of qualifying open. It should be a very exciting match!
We have two Fulham players representing Northern Ireland during this international break. Our captain is of course Aaron Hughes, who is part of the back line that did so well last season with Fulham, and Chris Baird, who is down the pecking order with Fulham but is still very important for Northern Ireland. Also, ex-Fulham boy Steve Davis talks about this match and the importance of it.
There is a belief among the squad that they can emulate the men that have gone before them. I believe we can make it.
We’re expecting a hostile atmosphere after the previous game, but I am sure it’ll be a good atmosphere to play in. Hopefully we can quieten them and then build from there.
And finally, here is the reason why we hope Artur Boruc is in the same form as he was last time when we face Poland in front of their own supporters. Just Click press play on the video below and enjoy!
Another thing, anyone from Northern Ireland who uses this site just leave a comment!!