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State of Play: Ireland 2 Russia 3

ireland russia FRIDAY night was a sad night and perhaps confirmed what we all may have suspected in the back our minds – that Trapattoni seems to be a very rigid tactician and that we haven’t really improved greatly on our previous managers’ regimes – i.e. has he encouraged the team to play ball, or is this down to the players? – it’s hard to know and Richard Dunne’s comments after the game blurred the situation even further. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Shay Given

shay given 2002 “Yeah, we lost by 2-0, which wasn’t a good start but I had lots of family, friends and cousins there to see my first game. And I had the privilege to play with Paul McGrath, which was very special. Great memories. I think that one stands out, it’s your first game and it was very special. Roy Keane got sent off that night too.” Continue reading →

Spud Watch: The Irish Abroad 05.10.10

ColemanSeamus IT LOOKS like Giovanni Trapattoni has been reading Spud Watch (I really hope someone is) and has heeded our advice. Young Coleman was drafted into the Irish squad and was once again a starter for Everton on Saturday, bombing up and down the right wing throughout their side’s impressive 2- 0 win away to Birmingham. He plays like a man thoroughly enjoying his football. Whether it be on the right wing or at full-back, over the 90 minutes Coleman gets up and down more times than a porn star’s penis on a good night. Continue reading →

Spud Watch – The Irish Abroad 29.09.10

McGeady-Spartak-3 IT LOOKS like one of our spuds is flourishing in foreign soil – Aiden McGeady put in a very impressive shift last night for Spartak Moscow, dazzling the home fans with skills and putting in some decent balls. The much-maligned McGeady and the Russian side are now looking good for the knockout stages on this form. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Leon Best

leon best australia “I got a phone call and it was Mr Trapattoni. But with my heavy accent, his accent, my Italian and his English we had no idea what we were saying. Luckily, Marco Tardelli was there too, so the manager passed the phone to him and we had a chat.” – Leon Best Continue reading →

State of Play: IRELAND 3 ANDORRA 1

keane v andorra Shay Given – couldn’t do much for their goal; would Joe Hart have saved that? At times it was more enjoyable watching Shay running through his warm up techniques during the match than watching this turgid game itself. Shay seems to have built up quite the repertoire and at times I had to remind myself that I wasn’t at the circus. He’s a top top goalkeeper. Let’s hope Joe Hart breaks his leg. Continue reading →

Good On Paper: Game of Column Inches for Trap’s Ireland

Ireland team IRELAND’S quest for victory in Europe no doubt begins with a great deal of goodwill from the worldwide footballing family. The fall-out from Paris generated a tremendous amount of sympathy towards the Irish team and fans, most notably from the French people. However, the saying goes that sentiment means nothing in sport and no one will be more aware of that than Giovanni Trapattoni. Continue reading →

Ranty Cause: Friday kick-off? Yerevan a laugh

players paris IRELAND kick off their European Championship qualification campaign at the relatively inconspicuous time of 4pm this Friday. It’s a return to midweek matches and a throwback to a time when primary school children would pack into one classroom or a PE hall in the afternoon, crowded around a small TV, to witness the latest escapades of Jack’s Boys in Green. Continue reading →