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Hand of History

paris1 The Irish camp is keen to dimiss it but for the French, it’s on everyone’s lips. We’re revisiting an extract from French Football Weekly’s Jeremy Smith’s interview with Phillipe Auclair, author of Thierry Henry: Lonely At The Top. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Henry is a divisive figure in French football. Perceived as aloof, an adversary of Zidane, and the apparent leader of a shameful strike at the 2010 World Cup, we look at the Frenchman’s standing in history, and that night in Paris. 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 →

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 →