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Minnows tag drives Gib boss Brazil nuts.

ALLEN BULA last night blasted his country's critics and claimed Brazil should be classed as minnows alongside Gibraltar.

UEFA's 54th full member nation, who are in Group D alongside Scotland, will contest their second competitive game against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin tonight.

Bula's players began their qualifying campaign with a 7-0 trouncing at the hands of Poland last month in Portugal.

But proud Gibraltarian Bula bristles at the "minnow" tag despite his country boasting a population of less than 30,000 people and just 600 registered footballers, and used World Cup hosts Brazil's semi-final horror show against Germany to support his case.

Asked about the argument that smaller nations should have to pre-qualify, he said: "It's something that keeps cropping up and I keep on asking the same question to all those people who keep on saying this - how do you judge a minnow? "Do you judge it by the size of your country or by the results? Because of that was the case, then Brazil would be a minnow because they lost 7-0. That's my argument.

"We all deserve to be here and as long as we can give a good game, then why should we pre-qualify? We are going in there and all of us have got to get ready.

"Every single manager with a national team who goes into this tournament should aim to reach what's at the end of the tunnel, and that's France.

"These arguments keep on coming up and I am getting a bit tired of some of the big managers saying this.

"I think what it is, is that they are scared of the so-called minnows because of the results lately by the minnows. Once they get a result against them, then they get stick.

"Like I say, Brazil, lost 7-0. Should they be classed as a minnow now?"

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Oct 11, 2014
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