Why Andy Carroll Isn’t as Sh*te as Everyone Thinks

andy carroll With Andy Carroll looking like he may be on his way out of Anfield, is it fair to describe his time at Liverpool as a flop? A return to Newcastle seems imminent but to portray it as slinking back with his tail between his legs would be unfair to the rangy striker. As Ireland found out in Gdansk, trying to fill the gaps left by Fernando Torres can leave you isolated. Continue reading →

Trap, Are You Being Serbed?

trap facepalm Could this be the most important squad announcement of Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign as Irish manager? There have been far more important games but this Irish side is at a cross-roads. A new avenue awaits but it will involve new faces and a manager willing to alter his philosophy to lead us on the rocky road to Rio. Continue reading →

Would You Like Fries With That Tiki-Taka?

crop There’s something about the Olympics. It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts. Every athlete is equal as an Olympian. And countries attire their competitors in the naffest gear. This is the horrific garb the likes of Juan Mata, Jordi Alba, and Javi Martinez will be wearing for Spain. All together now, ‘De de de de de, we’re hating it.” Continue reading →

50 Grades of Shay

shay given euro 2012 If report-cards were being handed out for the Irish players coming home from Euro 2012, there’d be a few large F’s and plenty of black marks against names. Former star pupil Shay Given also seemed to suffer from the class clowns around him. Continue reading →

We’re Caught in a Trap

Untitled Like the great Elvis, who died on the toilet, Ireland’s Euro demise has left a nasty whiff in the air. RogerMilla has penned this quite brilliant version of a Presley classic . Will Trap, our King of Rock and Roll-over, pay heed? The fans have suspicious minds. Continue reading →

Really Shake ‘Em Up: 10 New Faces

colemanmc1 As the fall-out from Euro 2012 continues, the question on everybody’s lips is will Giovanni Trapattoni overhaul Ireland’s playing style? Will those who failed so miserably at Euro 2012 be jettisoned and new faces given the chance to lead us to World Cup 2014? Póg Mo Goal looks at ten young guns who can come into the fray and fire us to Brazil. Continue reading →

Fan’s Cry Foul Over Fake UEFA Footage

article-1341436477820-13ECB249000005DC-598808_636x344 Not content with ruining football with madcap ideas like hosting the 2020 Euros all across the continent, UEFA were busying themselves in Poland and Ukraine by manipulating the live television coverage. It turns out footage of a German fan crying after the defeat to Italy was pre-recorded. And that’s not all. Continue reading →

Duffer’s Defensive Duties

duff defence forces crop We don’t know yet if the Duffer will call time on his international career but what we can say is what a legend he is. While his Premier League buddies were sunning themselves around the world, our Damo, along with his brother Sergeant Gerry Duff, was visiting our troops on duty in the Lebanon. Duffer, we salute you. Continue reading →

Beeb’s Thriller; Ireland Just Bad

Untitled Here’s the BBC’s Michael Jackson-inspired closing montage to Euro 2012. Unfortunately, Ireland’s contributions were Bad. Now Trap must take a look at the Man in the Mirror. If we’re going to make it to Brazil, Trap and Ireland would Wanna Be Startin Somethin. Can he Heal the World…Cup? Continue reading →

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find Out Why You’re Mean to Me

irish fan poznan Back to reality. As Euro 2012 builds to a climax, the last camper-van has long since pulled out of Poland but the Irish have left a lasting impression. The whole world saw the pictures from Gdansk and the word repeated again and again from fans around the globe was ‘respect.’ How shameful then, that Irish supporters should encounter such a lack of it at home. Continue reading →

Euro 88 – Where Are They Now?

euro 88 mascot They were the pioneers. After decades of heartache, the Republic of Ireland appeared at a major football finals for the first time in 1988. Twenty-four years on, we’re back, but many of Jack’s original Boys in Green can still be seen on our TV screens as pundits. Póg Mo Goal takes an offside look back and asks; the heroes of Euro ’88, where are they now? Continue reading →

A Song for Europe – Come on Ireland

buachaill boys Stephen Ward’s shot had barely nestled in the Estonian net before Ireland’s lyricists, songsters, singsters, and gangsters were penning Euro 2012 anthems. Like a young Larry Gogan spinning discs, Póg Mo Goal brings you our Song for Europe series. Bang em on a mix-tape and stick em in the camper-van cassette player. Next up is a version of Come on Eileen – Come on Ireland – by the Buachaill Boys. Continue reading →

Hungary Like the Wolf

Soccer : UEFA Euro 2012 Qualification Play-off Second leg - Republic of Ireland v Estonia Foley-gate may be no more with Giovanni Trapattoni firmly drawing a line under the subject but there are a few more faces in the Irish squad who could face tough conversations with the manager after Monday’s final warm-up game with Hungary. Players like Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt have some work to do in Budapest or they may find themselves down the pecking order come the showdown with Croatia just six days later. Continue reading →

Double the Odds with Setantabet

setantabet trap Setantabet.com has raised the stakes, quite literally, for the 2012 European Championships which kick off in just over a week’s time. The online bookmaker has announced that it will pay out double the odds on all winning Euro 2012 outright bets if the Republic of Ireland qualify from their group and advance to the knockout stage. Continue reading →

Montecatini Hills Chop: Axed Foley Cops Cruel Blow

189036hp2 The Kevin Foley saga has cast the first cloud over Ireland’s Euro 2012 preparations. The Wolves defender confirmed he wouldn’t be staying on to watch the campaign from the sidelines, now that he has been cut loose from the squad. Yet decades of experience have thought Giovanni Trapattoni there can be no room for sentiment. With three ferocious battles ahead for the Green Army, all’s fair in love and football. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Brian Kerr

921984_w23 “On a personal level, I’m delighted to see so many of the players I had the honour of working with achieve their ambition in getting to these finals. They are, to a man, special individuals at a time when many modern-day players invite spite” – Brian Kerr Continue reading →

Preview: Who’s the Bos?

trap mind And so it begins. Ireland’s great adventure back on the European stage kicks into action with the first pre-tournament friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Dublin. When we took our seats at the old Lansdowne Road ten years ago to send Ireland on their way to the Far East with a farewell game against Nigeria, who would have believed it would be a decade before we would be back at football’s top table? Continue reading →

The Saipan Incident – Part 4

niall quinn world cup 2002 With the tenth anniversary of Irish football’s civil war upon us, Póg Mo Goal brings you Part 4, the penultimate extract from John Kiberd’s astonishing body of work on the subject, focusing on the fall-out and player’s reaction from Keane’s infamous tirade. This is the Saipan Incident. Continue reading →

A Song for Europe – I’m Gonna Drive

rivergdansk Stephen Ward’s shot had barely nestled in the Estonian net before Ireland’s lyricists, songsters, singsters, and gangsters were penning Euro 2012 anthems. Like a young Larry Gogan spinning discs, Póg Mo Goal brings you our Song for Europe series. Bang em on a mix-tape and stick em in the camper-van cassette player. Next up is I’m Gonna Drive by RiverGdansk. Continue reading →

Pedal to Poland

pedal to poland Everyone loves a good sing song on the terraces. So in honour of all the great songs being written to support the Irish team this summer at Euro 2012 the Pedal to Poland charity team are hosting the Football Eurovision Song Contest tonight, Tuesday, in The Grand Social, Dublin. Continue reading →