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Passage of Play: Brian Kerr

Whatever, it will be a fantastic experience for our players to take on Spain and Italy at Euro 2012. It’s a challenge they will, I’m sure, relish rather than fear. We’re well organised, we have a good spirit and great morale – it’s quite possible that we can do something extraordinary. Continue reading →

Get Into Them, They’re E.A.S.Y

The morning after the night before. It started out horribly. Paired with Spain, the world champions and defending European title holders. Then came Croatia, who we drew with 0-0 at the Aviva earlier this year. With two balls remaining, it looked like we might draw England but it’s the Italians who we will face on […] Continue reading →

Irish Draw on History for Inspiration

The draw for Euro 2012 takes place on Friday with the Republic of Ireland taking pride of place in the hat in Kiev. Ten long years we’ve waited to return to the world stage. Twenty-four years on from Stuttgart, Trap has led us back among the continent’s elite. But he doesn’t want Poland, Ukraine, Italy, or England. Continue reading →

Who Let The Dogs Out?

The last time Ireland were in a major tournament, Irish fans were warned that when eating a hot dog in the Far East, its bite might be worse than its bark. It was an oriental take on the Last of the Korean Rover. The Ukrainians have taken it to a whole new level, however, by culling stray dogs that wander the streets of Kiev in a mobile crematorium. UEFA are not happy and Póg Mo Goal are joining them. Continue reading →

Get out the Kilbankini for Road to Rio

Get out the Kilbankini. Ireland’s journey to reach World Cup 2014 in Brazil begins and ends in glorious nation of Kazakhstan. Germany, Sweden, and Austria all stand in the way of Giovanni Trapattoni’s quest to lead the Green Army to the shores of Copacabana. And we will approach the qualifiers off the back of an appearance at a first European Championships in 24 years. Continue reading →

Listen Up Craicow, The Irish are Comin’

Within seconds of the final whistle in Paris two years ago, the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feelin” boomed out across the Stade de France. Every bass thump stabbing at the splintered hearts of the Irish fans who sat in disbelief. The French hung around for a matter of mere minutes before disappearing into the Parisien night, barely registering that they had just qualified for the World Cup but embarrassed and unable to look the visiting fans in the eyes. Two years on and instead of facing into 90 minutes of nail-biting tension, the Aviva Stadium is going to rock to the rhythm of the Boys in Green’s victory parade. Ireland are going back to a major finals and tonight’s gonna be a good night. Continue reading →

Pride, In the Name of Duff

It’s time to ditch the cynicism. While England debates whether John Terry is deserving of her captaincy, a much-maligned Irish football team has more important responsibilities; two games to revive a nation that has been kicked from pillar to post and that is crying out for something to restore our battered pride. Continue reading →

Go Green On November 15

The Republic of Ireland face Estonia in the qualifying play-offs for Euro 2012. Get behind the campaign. Back Giovanni Trapattoni’s Irish squad as they strive to return the national team to the world stage, a first tournament since 2002, and our first European Championships since 1988. Whether you’ll be in the Aviva Stadium for the second leg or watching on TV, Go Green on November 15. Continue reading →

Bit O’Red Face Bourne Ultimatum

In 2004, Shelbourne were 90 minutes away from the Champions League groups stages. Within three years, the Tolka Park outfit were kicked out of the Premier Division because of crippling debt while Sligo Rovers were cementing their place in the top flight. Now, Sligo are in their third consecutive FAI Cup final and are the defending champions. Shels, who almost went to the wall, have secured promotion back to the Premier Division as runners-up to Cork City. This weekend the sides will be reunited in the Aviva Stadium. Continue reading →

Only End Result Matters in End Game

The result is all that matters? Not any more for the Irish. Giovanni Trapattoni has delivered the Republic to a play-off, a 50-50 shoot-out to decide who goes to Euro 2012 next summer. Yet, the manner of that achievement has polarised public opinion on our national team. It is ironic that having instilled a no-lose mentality into the minds of his players, culminating in the win over Armenia. Trapattoni can’t convert the Irish public. Only a win will send Ireland to the European Championships. Only a performance, will convince the people that we’re worth it. Continue reading →

Preview: Ireland’s Call to Arms

Despite some frustrating nights, Irish fans are beginning to realise that no second-placed side in Europe would fancy facing a team that hasn’t conceded a goal in 720 minutes of football. If Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland are just as miserly on Tuesday, he’ll deliver the Republic to another play-off with the ‘mentality’ that we’ve got unfinished business. Continue reading →

Keep them Rovers Rollin, Rohan

The gaze of the footballing press continues to focus on Shamrock Rovers as the countdown to their White Hart Lane meeting with Spurs continues. In particular, former Tottenham player Rohan Ricketts has figured prominently as he prepares to return to his old stomping ground in the hooped shirt of Ireland’s history makers. Continue reading →

Euro Princesses and the Pea

Tallaght Stadium. The final stages of a major European competition. Irish particpants for the first time. Heady days for the game here. And no, it’s not Shamrock Rovers. Peamount United Ladies face Paris Saint German in the UEFA Women’s Champions League on Wednesday and take another defining step for football in Ireland. Continue reading →

Giant Leap – The First for the Irish Rovers

Irish football’s finest hour? Regardless of what ensues; whether Shamrock Rovers are beaten out the gate in each of their Europa League games, they have put the League of Ireland on the map. Paradoxically, the attention and goodwill flowing towards Rovers from the wider football world may be the route by which the Republic’s domestic game gains respect at home. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Darren O’Dea

“I am well used to intimidating atmospheres. You get that going into a restaurant in Glasgow. We are still very much alive and there is not one bit of doubt in the squad that we can’t go to Russia and get a good result. I have absolutely no doubt that next summer we will be in Poland and Ukraine” Continue reading →

Ireland 0 Slovakia 0: Superbad

McLovin Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Anton Yelchin had to go and watch absolute rubbish led by a frail shite-talker who waffles incomprehensible nonsense….but before the Late Late Show, they were at the match in the Aviva. In Dublin for the premiere of Fright Night, the duo picked the right place in Lansdowne Road to witness a horror show. Continue reading →

Tallaghtfornia Dreamin

“As a youngster in Dublin, I dreamt of playing in LA”…..so said Claudine Keane, probably. We may not have heard the exact phrase from her husband Robbie on his move to LA Galaxy but almost. The Tallaght kid who grew up dreaming of playing for Wolves, Coventry, Inter Milan, Leeds, Spurs, Liverpool, Spurs again, Celtic, West Ham and Spurs again also grew up fantasising about playing for LA Galaxy it would seem, if the MLS club statement is anything to go by. Continue reading →

Barca Playing with Porpoise

Have Barcelona been tapping up Fungi and is he about to swap the Dingle peninsula for the Mediterranean? A bottle-nosed baller was pictured making waves with members of the Barcelona squad but reports that the Pele-esque porpoise was schooling the Catalans in the art of diving have been watered down by the Nou Camp outfit. Continue reading →