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Shameless: D’Indo Hits Back

shameless The RTE panel was compulsive viewing last night. Chippy Brady highlighted the sensationalist media attention on Giovanni Trapttion’s future by referencing D’Indo’s use of the word ‘shameless’ to describe the manager. They don’t often see eye to eye but the wise men of Irish football agreed it was disrespectful. Continue reading →

Video: No Fairytale for Trap in Far Far Away

560856_10151286069255242_1824844458_n Ireland got their World Cup hopes back on track last night with a 4-1 win over the Faroe Islands but the pitch-forks are still out for the manager. An ogre in the eyes of the press and some supporters, Giovanni Trapattoni answered some of his critics by naming Seamus Coleman, Robbie Brady, and Marc Wilson in the starting eleven but will there be a happy ending or has the page turned on the Trap chapter of Irish soccer? Continue reading →

Dear Stan, All is Forgiven

000117ae-642 “My team’s gone cold I’m wondering why I got out of bed at all The Dublin rain clouds up my window.. and I can’t see at all And even if I could, my team can’t play, Dunphy’s picture’s on my wall It reminds me, that it is this bad, it is this bad..” Continue reading →

History Lessons: Home Rule for Ireland

Florrie-Burke-1951-1024x857 Remarkably, Ireland have recorded quite a few successes against the Germans over the years, especially at home. Despite the shambolic reign of Steve Staunton, we still gave them two tough encounters when last paired in a qualifying group. Despite the gloom among the home supporters, tonight’s visitors are well aware they face a potentially uncomfortable evening at Lansdowne Road. Continue reading →

Hold ‘Em Klose Irish Dancer

Robbie germany It’s ten years since Robbie Keane danced through the German defence and blasted a last gasp equaliser past Oliver Khan. Miroslav Klose, the man who scored Germany’s opener that day, is still leading the attack but Robbie won’t be doing cartwheels after being ruled out of Friday’s clash between the sides. The interest of a pessimistic Irish public, however, has also gone head over heels. Continue reading →

Steiger Than Friction

291759header The Irish squad has problems ahead of Friday’s massive test against Germany but all’s not rosy in the visitors’ garden. Their skipper is suspended and his vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger says there’s friction in Joachim Loew’s camp. As the countdown continues to the Lansdowne Road crunch encounter, the German media is full of quotes by the […] Continue reading →

Trap’s Sermon for the Germans

irland-vs-germany-71 The high priest of Ireland’s football religion won’t be converted but Giovanni Trapattoni has a few new disciples. Announcing his squad for the upcoming qualifiers, Robbie Brady is on standby while the manager says Ireland needs a miracle to have Richard Dunne available. Now the Germans are coming to hammer the first nail in our World Cup hopes. Continue reading →

Trap’s Crimes They Are a Changin’

Trapattoni0105_468x328 We went to the pub early for the Euro 2012 game with Italy. It was empty. They’ll remain that way for our first World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan. Giovanni Trapattoni’s insistence on sticking with the same players and tactics means an Irish game has scarcely been met with such indifference. And yet, history suggests Trap’s team will change. Continue reading →

Claws Out: The Cat is in Kazakh

KazakhstanF Kazakhstan is a long way to go for redemption. It’s about as far away from Poznan as you can get. Still licking the wounds from the summer, Trapattoni’s Ireland are cat-hunting again but, criticised for his unwillingness to change, if perfomances don’t improve, the claws will be out. Continue reading →

Where Have the Best Fans in The World Gone?

Trap hands About three weeks ago Poland’s men’s volleyball team crashed out of the Olympic Games at the quarter-final stage. Odds on for the gold medal, their failure sparked a tidal wave of criticism at home. The debate soon turned to discussion of the Irish football fans as the Polish asked why they coudn’t follow the example set by the Green Army at Euro 2012. We wonder if they’d ask the same question this week. Continue reading →

“Did Jack Have a Trial With Liverpool?”

Fr. Ted “Did Jack have a trial with Liverpool?” “No Dougal, he was on trial, in Liverpool.” In 2011, Fr. Ted was voted Channel 4’s funniest ever comedy beating the likes of Peep Show, The IT Crowd and The Inbetweeners. It reminded us how the iconic series was the inspiration for some of the best Irish flags at Euro 2012, and in a sense paid fitting tribute to avid football fan, the late great Dermot Morgan. Continue reading →

Trap Comes out Fighting

katie taylor trap Irish football is on the canvas and our national team sporting a bloody nose. Katie Taylor has stolen our hearts after the Boys in Green broke them in June. Yet Giovanni Trapattoni has faced the flurry of punches that have come his way since Euro 2012 and he’s come out fighting. Continue reading →

Given, the Greatest, Hangs Up Gloves

shay wave He sat ringside at London’s ExCel Arena. Around him, thousands of green-clad Irish were in raptures creating a cauldron of noise as Ireland’s sporting superstar, Kate Taylor, powered to Olympic gold. As he hangs up his gloves, trying to replace Shay Given could prove a knock-out blow to our future qualifying hopes. Continue reading →