Top 10 facts about tonight's opponents Oman.

Top 10 facts about tonight's opponents Oman.
By PJ Browne Updated

  1. Oman is approximately 3.5 times the size of Ireland. That mean you could fit 41 Corks or 195 Leitrims into Oman.
  2. Oman is an absolute monarchy with the Sultan of Oman holding almost all the power. The Parliament only has a small amount of authority. This is sort of like the relationship Ireland had with the church for many years.
  3. The country got its name from the two Ballymena folk who discovered it - they thought they were in India and O-man were their first words when hearing the bad news*
  4. Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi is their only European based player. He's like their Shay Given expcept he's not retired like our Shay Given.
  5. Oman is ranked at no. 93 in FIFA's world rankings. However, as Brazil are currently ranked at no. 12 these rankings are absurd.
  6. They have never qualified for a world cup and have only payed in two Asian Cups, 2004 and 2007.
  7. The capital of Oman is Muscat. It was named after former Wolves football Kevin Muscat who is a national hero in the country.*
  8. Oman won the 2009 Gulf Cup of Nations, which is a lot more than Ireland have won lately, unless you count the Carling Nations Cup.
  9. The population of Oman is 2.8 million. 2.7 million of these are better at football than Paul McShane.
  10. The national dress of Oman is an ankle-length, collarless gown with long sleeves called a dishdasha. It was first introduced to the country when Jeff Kenna wore it during a holiday there in 1996.*

*Not true


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