Ireland were useless against Kazakhstan, and the home side should have won it. They were desperately unlucky. You're spot on about Keane, although most of us already know that he is past it. Trappattoni is too stubborn for his own good, his interviews are pathetic, and he doesn't even have a plan A anymore. Yet, he defends himself to the last. Germany, despite finishing poorly at the Euros, could score a hatful at the Aviva aka The Bedpan. I've never seen an Irish team this bad.
The Aviva Stadium was always a vanity project. The Irish domestic league is too weak to provide large crowds for domestic cup finals etc so the FAI are reliant on internationals to fill the stadium. At the same time Gaelic games appear to be stronger than ever. But, of course, they play their finals etc at the largest stadium in the British Isles - Croke Park. I see no future for the Aviva.
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The Aviva is sold out five or six times a year for rugby internationals though... The IRFU actually own the ground, so accusing the FAI of pursuing some vanity project on this is utterly ludicrous. They may have been unfeasibly optimistic with their revenue assumptions for the new ground, but as long as there is rugby there is a future for Lansdowne.