Archives for 

The Blog Reel

Póg Mo Goal World Cup 94 Collection

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 18 June 1994, Group E 16:05 PM, Attendance: 75,338, Italy 0-1 Ireland. Ireland’s victory over Italy in Giants Stadium New Jersey is one of the most memorable highlights of Irish soccer. Paul McGrath playing with only one good shoulder, put in a colossal performance which is regarded as one of the greatest ever performances by […] Continue reading →

Póg Mo Goal World Cup 94 Collection

Banned from the World Cup for testing positive for five variants of ephedrine, a stimulant banned by soccer’s international governing body FIFA. Maradona’s goal against Greece and his now infamous celebration are immortalised in this T Shirt from Póg Mo Goal’s World Cup 94 Collection. Hand screen printed in Dublin on a 100% cotton Tee. […] Continue reading →

Guest Post: World’s Best Supporters – For Two Weeks

4a_1012 We call ourselves the Best Fans in the World. UEFA even gave us a prize. We went to Poland in huge numbers but we can’t fill Lansdowne now for Ireland games. Our football love is reserved for Premier League clubs, mainly two of them, and mainly from the couch or the barstool. In a special guest post, Minty from looks at how many Irish people take the easy way out when supporting foreign teams. Continue reading →

Aldo II: Reds Long for Shane

Shane Long could be set to follow in the footsteps of John Aldridge by becoming the darling of the Anfield Kop. Ireland’s forward is a target for Liverpool in the January transfer window, according to newspaper reports. The in-form striker has scored seven goals this season to push West Brom to an unlikely fourth in the Premier League. Continue reading →

David Who? Keano Can Rule the Galaxy

robbiekeanela He was the butt of world-wide jokes when labelled an ‘unidentified fan’ alongside David Beckham at an NBA game. But Robbie Keane could be set for the last laugh. Becks plays his final match in the MLS this weekend, and Tallaghtfornia’s finest is perfectly placed to take up the mantle as the highest-profile player in American soccer. Continue reading →

Breen Hits Rock Bottom

Sadly, it was inevitable. They’d hovered at the bottom since early in the season and finally the Gary Breen XI have dropped to the foot of the Copa del Póg Mo Goal table. Perhaps there’s a reason Trapattoni won’t watch our players in the Premier League. They’re not very good. Continue reading →

It Started With a Handshake

SNV35554 Review: Mick McCarthy took over at Ipswich Town last week and confirmed he would have said yes to a return to the Ireland job. His arrival at Portman Road drew the inevitable links to Roy Keane’s time in charge of the Tractor Boys. For Irish people, one name usually follows the other and the word Saipan is never far from the lips. Diarmuid O hAinle’s stunning new book It Started With a Handshake takes us back to 2002 but asks what if it had all turned out differently? Continue reading →

“You Can Flick Your World Cup”

SNV35554 It was the hand-shake that tremored around the world. Now two giants of Irish football have been reduced to miniature. To celebrate Diarmuid O’hAinle’s stunning book on arguably the national team’s most momentous period, the 2001 Lansdowne Road embrace between Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane has been depicted in Subbuteo form. Continue reading →

We Know What You Did Last Summer

Republic of Ireland Training and Press Conference Halloween. When the deceased come back to life. Giovanni Trapattoni is in Dublin and has named his first squad since many had him dead and buried following our German horror show. He’s bitten the silver bullet and named Wes Hoolahan but there’s no Shane Long. Are Greece likely to emerge into an eerily quiet Lansdowne Road and have the crowds been scared away? Continue reading →

Papering Over the Craic

smokingman It’s been a rough week for Irish football but a worse one for the people who report on it. The sports hacks as a collective have taken a PR battering and they’ve reverted to their defensive mode by blaming the FAI for the fiasco. Meanwhile, the public remains in the dark. Continue reading →

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 →