Wednesday, January 7, 2009

No. 199: Cliftonville (Northern Ireland)

Cliftonville has seen a sharp drop in form from last season. The Northern Ireland side is just +2 on goal differential past the halfway point of the season, a far cry from last year's +23 that saw the team finish third and qualify for the UEFA Cup. This year the Reds sit in 8th place out of 12 teams, 12 points from European competition. The Belfast team is in the final 32 of the Irish Cup.

Cliftonville's problems started right from the beginning with an 11-0 aggregate UEFA Cup tie defeat to Copenhagen of Denmark in the first qualifying round. Copenhagen has gone all the way through to the Round of 32, but 11-0 is still quite the loss.

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