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Tough Place To Get A Result: The 'Ireland Vs Random Eastern European Countries' Quiz

Gavan Casey
By Gavan Casey
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Remember our misguiding 3-0 win over Latvia in Riga following USA '94? Lest we forget Macedonia in '97, or those tricky trips to Tbilisi pretty much every qualification campaign since Georgia became an independent nation.

Irish football's checkered history in random Eastern European countries sends a chill down the typical fan's spine during each qualification draw, as we inevitably draw at least Georgia and usually one more 'daunting' trip to the far side of the continent. These are the fixtures which ultimately make or break a two-year campaign - games which, when things go arse-over-tit, blight the copybook of Irish footballing folklore.


You can't bloody forget them, either, because they embed themselves in your subconscious like repressed nightmares of some description, unleashing themselves on nights when a calamity of errors sees Ireland concede a ghastly goal to their 'technically superior' adversaries in front of 2,800 fans somewhere in the Eastern Bloc.

Today, we present to you the chance to put things right; an opportunity to face some of these past away trips head-on and attempt to dominate any underlying fears. It's a tough ask, it's not about playing well and, to be honest, if we offered you 7/12 beforehand, you'd have bitten our hand off.

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