Year: 2011

Interview: Matt Holland on THAT Goal

Ireland will kick-off their Euro 2012 adventure with a clash against Croatia on June 10 in Poznan. Ten years ago, we began our last appearance at a major finals against Cameroon. With thanks to the I AM PLAYR interactive game which alllows users to live the life of a footballer, Póg Mo Goal brings you an interview with Ireland’ s scorer that day in Niigata, Matt Holland.

Holland Recreates Cameroon Strike…

… in Table Football. Matt Holland relives his stunning strike against Cameroon at World Cup 2002. Sticking rigidly to a four-four-two formation, the former Ireland midfielder recalls the moment he struck to level our first game the last time we graced a major finals. Despite losing teak-tough captain Roy Keane, replacement Holland, in an uncanny resemblance to our current wooden midfield, had the ball laid to him on a plate and he stabbed it home like a hot knife through butter.

Being Jon Walters

Ever wondered what it’s like to live the life of Alan O’Brien, that really fast lad Stan kept picking? Or Keith Andrews? Or Jon Walters? Now you can. Póg Mo Goal and We R Interactive have teamed up to introduce you to IAMPLAYR, the first interactive game to let you experience the life of a footballer, through the eyes of the player. And Matty Holland is a fan.

Care to Tango?

This is the ball Glenn Whelan will be using to spray 70 yard passes onto a six pence in Poland during the summer

Passage of Play: Brian Kerr

Whatever, it will be a fantastic experience for our players to take on Spain and Italy at Euro 2012. It’s a challenge they will, I’m sure, relish rather than fear. We’re well organised, we have a good spirit and great morale – it’s quite possible that we can do something extraordinary.

Get Into Them, They’re E.A.S.Y

The morning after the night before. It started out horribly. Paired with Spain, the world champions and defending European title holders. Then came Croatia, who we drew with 0-0 at the Aviva earlier this year. With two balls remaining, it […]

Irish Draw on History for Inspiration

The draw for Euro 2012 takes place on Friday with the Republic of Ireland taking pride of place in the hat in Kiev. Ten long years we’ve waited to return to the world stage. Twenty-four years on from Stuttgart, Trap has led us back among the continent’s elite. But he doesn’t want Poland, Ukraine, Italy, or England.

Video: Shay’s Tears for Gary Speed

Football mourns the death of Wales manager Gary Speed, aged 42. Former Newcastle colleague Shay Given was unable to hold back the tears as Swansea and Aston Villa paid tribute ahead of their Premier League clash.

Who Let The Dogs Out?

The last time Ireland were in a major tournament, Irish fans were warned that when eating a hot dog in the Far East, its bite might be worse than its bark. It was an oriental take on the Last of the Korean Rover. The Ukrainians have taken it to a whole new level, however, by culling stray dogs that wander the streets of Kiev in a mobile crematorium. UEFA are not happy and Póg Mo Goal are joining them.