Can anyone explain to me why oh why Irish broadcaster RTÉ wasted money on showing the international soccer friendly Italy vs Brazil from the Emirates Stadium in London last night? I get the idea that Italy are one of Ireland’s opponents in the qualifiers for World Cup 2008, but friendlies usually are quite meaningless – just ask Martin O’Neill. This friendly however was a complete money spinner.
Did anyone in Ireland actually watch the game? I wonder what the viewership for this was. Probably not a patch on Fair City, and rightly so. Who doesn’t love da’ City? I only know of one person who watched this game, and all they could say was how the Irish analysts claimed that “on this evidence Italy wouldn’t be too much of a challenge for Ireland”. Well I hate to admit it, but Keith Andrews and Kevin Doyle are no Ronaldinho and Robinho.
RTÉ would have been much better off if they had have shown Ireland U-21s against Germany. The future of the Irish soccer team. Instead, we all flicked over to watch Boys and Girls Alone on Channel 4. Now there’s an interesting show.