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Repost: Big Jack’s Russian Spy

STUTTGART - JUNE12: Republic of Ireland's Tony Galvin (C) skips past the challenge of  England's Glenn Hoddle (l) and Gary Stevens during the European Championships match between England and Republic of Ireland on June 12, 1988 in Stuttgart, West Germany. (Photo by Allsport/Getty Images) The countdown is on to Euro 2016. We look back at the Republic of Ireland’s draw with USSR in 1988, considered among our best ever displays and one man in green had an inside line on the opposition. Tony Galvin studied Russian at university and shocked the Soviets by conversing with them in the warm-up before his teammates shocked them on the pitch in a game we should have won against the eventual finalists. Continue reading →

Next Jamie Vardy? Padraig Amond Interview

XBCTn7sp Padraig Amond is playing fantasy football at the moment. At the time of writing, the Grimsby Town striker has scored 36 goals in all competitions, his prolific form helping fire the Mariners to an FA Trophy final and the National League play-offs. Padraig chatted recently with Stuart Howard-Cofield, editor of daily fantasy football site Fanfeud about his career so far, football abroad, and what the future holds. Continue reading →

Up the Duff – The Comeback Kid

duffy He’s had to wait almost two years between his first and second caps but an impressive display in his home debut against Switzerland has some tipping Shane Duffy for a place in Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad. Having suffered a life-threatening injury on international duty six years ago, the Derry native knows all about comebacks. Continue reading →

Song for Ireland

song RTE’s Soccer Republic want you to create the unofficial Irish fan song for Euro 2016. Bands, and music makers of all genres, submit your videos and the winner will be decided by former Ireland boss and legendary pundit Brian Kerr. Continue reading →

Dreams and Songs to Sing

Untitled-1 Just after Ireland secured Euro 2016 qualification, cult German magazine 11freunde wrote how the world needed the Irish fans to bring happiness to the tournament. With 275,000 ticket applications made to follow the Boys in Green, France should be prepared for an unprecedented outpouring of green-clad joy. Continue reading →

The Reign of Zidane

zidane He’s the man of the moment. Zinedine Zidane takes charge at Real Madrid, becoming the youngest manager in twenty years, the latest chapter in an extraordinary career. From World Cup glory to infamy, Champions League wonder goals, to documentaries, Zizou is a legend of the game. Continue reading →

He is Zlatan

zlatanA Ireland will open their Euro 2016 campaign against Sweden in the Stade de France on June 13. All eyes will be on their mercurial frontman, the main threat we must snuff out. Reposting from Póg Mo Goal magazine #1, He is Zlatan. Continue reading →