Monthly Archives: October 2014

Euro 2016: England 5-0 San Marino

Thursday 9th October 2014
European Championships Qualifying Group E
Wembley Stadium, London, England

England 5-0 San Marino

England-v-San-MarinoSan Marino suffered a 5-0 defeat at Wembley that actually saw a little more progressive play from the boys in blue than had been the case in their previous recent matches with England.  While not threatening very often or very convincingly, they did at least have a couple of efforts on goal and looked to get forward when the opportunity arose.  It didn’t arise often of course; there were repeated occasions when there was simply no out ball.  But it was noticeable to me that under coach Pierangelo Manzeroli that San Marino are willing to try a little more than simply to frustrate.

Manzeroli has had a little but of success (it’s all relative of course…) with the under-21 side, including a victory of Wales not so long ago, and it is encouraging what he is looking to implement with the senior side. Continue reading

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Euro 2016: San Marino Back In Action

Euro2016

European Championships Qualifiers

England v. San Marino
Thursday 9th October 2014
European Championships Qualifying Group E
Wembley Stadium, London, England

San Marino continue their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with the latest edition of what is becoming something of a regular fixture in European qualifying.  Having met in the last round of qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, the two sides had also previously met famously in 1994 World Cup qualifying.

On those occasions, England won by six goals in both matches but of course it was San Marino’s goal through David Gualtieri which has remained in everyone’s memories; the fastest ever goal in World Cup football.  Here it is again for your enjoyment/amusement/embarrassment:
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