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Trapattoni's old catenaccio style has Irish on brink of summer party

Not long after he was appointed manager of Ireland at the age of 68, Giovanni Trapattoni remarked that back home a couple of defeats would see him "labelled as an old, senile sod". Three years on and the Italian has been labelled anything but, and if results go his way over the next five days then an extraordinary managerial career may yet be extended into a fifth decade.

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