Tuesday October 27, 2020

Changed, changed utterly

In the 1990s, international football was regarded as the pinnacle of the sport. Two decades later, financial imperatives have altered the landscape beyond recognition, writes Ken Early.

9th June, 2012
Croatia's Luka Modric: will feature against the Republic of Ireland today. Photo: Getty

Last Wednesday, Ireland's goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly talked about the differences between the Ireland team's preparations for Euro 2012 and the training they did for the 1994 World Cup in the US.

Everyone knew it was going to be hot. To acclimatise, Jack Charlton chose a training ground in Florida's Orange County. His right-hand man Maurice Setters' preparation programme appeared to be based on the principle that whatever does not kill you makes you stronger.

The players...

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