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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 →

Santos: “Euro Glory for Irish Dream Team”

Unbenannt He is the Indonesian visionary who has foreseen the Republic’s triumph at Euro 2016. Four years ago a premonition of the colour green came to his mind and he was convinced glory awaited Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland. That was an error that will be put right in France. Dwi Santos, who correctly predicted Greece’s win in 2004 and believes he possesses a sixth sense, talks exclusively to Póg Mo Goal. Continue reading →

Why We Can’t be Supporters of Germany

germany-fans It was a telling slip by Irish manager Martin O’Neill. ‘Jon Walters is the essence of our club’ before qualifying his remark: “We have a club mentality.” For many Republic of Ireland fans, particularly those who travel to away games, the national team is very much their club side. Ron Ullrich of cult German football magazine 11freunde.de argues the opposite is the case for the World Champions for whom, he says, he has ‘no love left.’ Continue reading →

German View: No Time for Ireland

COYfpZmWwAAQGhC The game against Ireland should be one Germany will win. At least one point is needed to book the flight to France 2016, a destination the World Champion must reach easily. But coach Joachim Löw knows all about the strength of the Irish, and the short build-up could favour the Boys in Green, writes Fabian Biastoch. Continue reading →

Down but Not Out…10 Talking Points

Republic of Ireland v Scotland. UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D Bullish words from the Irish squad that we’re not out of the Euro 2016 race did little to comfort Irish supporters dealt a crushing blow by the failure to beat Scotland. There are still twists and turns to come but the Green Army are losing hope in the O’Neill/Keane miracle and asking bigger questions. Two weeks on, here’s ten talking points Continue reading →

On Top of the Poles…10 Talking Points

brady It was almost all over. Instead Shane Long’s stoppage-time equaliser capped off a second-half Irish display full of fight and spirit that hasn’t been seen in years, especially at the Aviva Stadium. The Euro dream is still alive, just. Here’s ten talking points from a dramatic week in Euro 2016 qualifying. Continue reading →

EURO 2016 Mascot

uefa_euro_2016_mascot_victor-france-1 The official mascot for the 2016 Euro Championship in France has been revealed. The little boy who became a super hero after discovering three magical items – a cape, boots and a ball, will be named by public vote from three choices, Driblou, Goalix or Super Victor Continue reading →

On Our Way to Paradise?

Mark Lawrenson Scotland Unless you’re counting the 90 minutes in Paris which took the infamous play-off to extra-time, Ireland haven’t beaten a direct qualification rival away from home since a trip to Glasgow in 1987. With the Republic and Scotland reunited in Celtic Park on Friday, can history repeat itself? Continue reading →

No German Panic but Fighting Irish Could Strike Another Blow

germany fans Call it a World Cup hangover, but the Germans are still feeling a little delicate since their caipirinha-fuelled conquest by the Copacabana. Retirements and injuries have certainly affected ‘Die Mannschaft’ and their performances since the Maracana triumph have been sluggish. A friendly-drubbing at the hands of Argentina was followed up with the nervy win over Scotland, and a shock defeat to Poland. But German football fans don’t necessarily care. They are the world champions. And the country is still basking in the Brazilian glow. The flags remain on cars and outside houses, if a little more ragged now, a bit like Jogi Loew’s squad. Continue reading →

Back to Gelsenkirchen

bonner euro 88 Ireland play Germany at Schalke 04’s Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen but it was at the nearby Parkstadion 26 years ago that the Boys in Green first made their mark only for Wim Kieft’s header to take a cruel bounce to end our Euro ’88 dream. Continue reading →