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A Song For Europe – 24 Years

the artistic differences Stephen Ward’s shot had barely nestled in the Estonian net before Ireland’s lyricists, songsters, singsters, and gangsters were penning Euro 2012 anthems. Like a young Larry Gogan spinning discs, Póg Mo Goal brings you our Song for Europe series. Bang em on a mix-tape and stick em in the camper-van cassette player. First up is 24 Years by The Artistic Differences. Continue reading →

Asian Nostradamus Predicts Irish Euro Glory

santos psychic He may wear tin-foil on his head but Santos from Indonesia claims to have predicted the outcome of the last two European Championships based on a vision of a colour. This year, that colour is green and he concludes that glory awaits Giovanni Trapattoni and the Boys in Green this summer. It’s good enough for us. All Hail Santos. Continue reading →

Carrying the Nation

dunne t-shirt crop The nation will be holding its breath that hero Richard Dunne returns to full fitness ahead of our dates with destiny in the summer. The Honey Monster gave his seal of approval to our limited edition Póg Mo Goal T-shirts. Continue reading →

Champions League Final for Dublin?

dublin-event1 After successfully hosting the UEFA Europa League final in 2011, three-quarters of football fans now believe Dublin can form the back-drop for the biggest club competition of them all, the Champions League. Lionel Messi, meanwhile, has been voted the tournament’s best player of all time by fans here. Continue reading →

Veteran Ian’s All Harte

ian harte reading Ian Harte continued to roll back the years when he was named in the Championship Team of the Year for the second season in a row. He is the only member from Reading’s title winning side, repeating the feat he achieved last time out when the Royals lost out on promotion in the play-offs. Could he be a shock option for Giovanni Trapattoni this summer? Continue reading →

Video: Robbie Sinks a Double Paddy

robbie keane la galaxy Robbie Keane gave his LA Galaxy boss the perfect reply on St. Patrick’s weekend when scoring two against DC United. Galaxy coach Bruce Arena had said the Irish captain lacked confidence after some frustrating displays since returning from Aston Villa. Two goals from the Tallaghtman is good news for Galaxy and good news for Ireland. Continue reading →

Happy Birthday Trap

sainttrap1 (1) The new Patron Saint of Irish soccer celebrates his 73rd birthday on St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s hope he’s leading another parade through Dublin with just as many drunk Irish people on July 2, the day after the Euro 2012 final. Continue reading →

Ooh Aah Ref McGraith

damien macgraith The Boys in Green won’t be the only ones representing Ireland at Euro 2012 following the news that Mayo referee Damien MacGraith has been named in UEFA’s panel for the finals. What are the chances he gets a France game? Continue reading →

Ferguson’s Border-Line Decision

shane ferguson newcastle Darren Gibson and Shane Duffy led the charge. They trundled down the road from Belfast to Dublin and into the eye of a footballing storm. As James McClean becomes the latest to declare for the Republic having previously turned out for the North, one player has decided he won’t be joining them. Continue reading →

Ranty Cause: No Heat in Trap’s Cole Burning

coleman v NI The FAI International awards take place this weekend.What will it say about Giovanni Trapattoni if Seamus Coleman wins Young Player of the Year? A footballer the Italian wouldn’t have on the bench as he was putting Gareth Bale and a string of Premier League full-backs in his pocket, could be looking at the trophy on his Donegal mantelpiece while Ireland are in action in Poland. Continue reading →

Derry Die Hard Yippee KO’d

mcclean airtricity league It’s exactly like measuring four gallons of water in a five gallon jug. How do you decide who to pick and who to leave out in your midfield for a first European Championships since 1988? James McClean has been crashed out of Giovanni Trapattoni’s Euro plans like an aeroplane landing at a snow-covered LAX airport. The brightest spark at the Stadium of Light, who received international clearance from FIFA yesterday, has NOT been named in Trap’s squad for the friendly this month against the Czech’s. Continue reading →

Escape to Poland, You Own It

far and away It’s like Tommy Lee Jones’ speech in The Fugitive. If the Polish police search every petrol station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, hen-house, outhouse or dog-house within a few miles of Poznan and Gdansk this summer they’d find an Irish fan on the run from the doom and gloom of home to follow the Boys in Green and looking to escape day-light robbery with some of the accommodation costs during Euro 2012. Or Trap’s Army could just buy a field and pitch up. Continue reading →