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 →

Giant Bid Gives Cause for Euro Hope

euro 2008 bid wide Legend says the Giants causeway was built between Ireland and Scotland so two warriors could fight one another after the Scot hurled insults in this direction. In 2008, the barbs kept coming when Ireland seemingly scuppered the chance to co-host the European Championships with our Celtic neighbour. We could do worse than rebuild those bridges now as we might just succeed this time around…if Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini allow it. Continue reading →

The Saipan Incident – Part 3

keane 1 With the tenth anniversary of Irish football’s civil war upon us, Póg Mo Goal brings you Part 3 of our extracts from John Kiberd’s astonishing body of work on the subject, focusing on the timeline of events in the build-up to the confrontation. This is the Saipan Incident, the Countdown to Meltdown. Continue reading →

The Rocky Roads of Poland

potholes poland We hope the Green Army have suspension in those campervans. This footage of some roads in Poland will have Sudo Cream manufacturers rubbing their hands with glee. Still, anyone making the trip from Cavan to Euro 2012 should feel right at home. Ouch. Continue reading →

Boys in Green a Class Act

three ad trap manuela We love Three’s new Supports Works TV Ads featuring Irish fans, the Boys in Green, Trap, and Manuela. Check out the clips including behind the scenes footage. Eric Cantona and Vinny Jones aren’t the only footie players capable of lighting up the screen as Sheasy, Wardy, Shay and Doylers steal the show…kind of. Continue reading →

It’s Warsaw lads, not Walsall

bilbao Did you watch the Europa League final last week? Four hundred Bilbao fans didn’t. At least, not where they were supposed to. Instead of setting down in the Romanian capital Bucharest for the final, the supporters’ plane landed almost 400 miles away in Budapest, according to Spanish TV. Continue reading →

The Saipan Incident – Part 2

mick mccarthy ireland crest With the tenth anniversary of Irish football’s civil war upon us, Póg Mo Goal brings you Part 2 of our extracts from John Kiberd’s astonishing body of work on the subject, focusing on the history of communication issues between Roy Keane and Mick McCarthy. This is ‘The Saipan Incident’. Continue reading →

A Song for Europe – Boys in Green 2012

rory and the island 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 Boys in Green 2012 by Rory and the Island. Continue reading →

Green is the Colour

green is the colour Episode one of a new four-part Irish soccer documentary starts on RTÉ Two on 16th May at 10.25pm. Interviews from Giovanni Trapattoni, Shay Given, John O’Shea, Mick McCarthy, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan, John Giles, Jack Charlton, Brian Kerr, Mark Lawrenson, Jason McAteer and many more. Continue reading →

A Song For Europe – 24 Years

the artistic differences 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. First up is 24 Years by The Artistic Differences. Continue reading →

Brady, We Were Born Torun

torun night As we prepare to deploy the Green Army across Europe for Euro 2012, many fans will be basing themselves in the Polish city of Torun due to its location between Poznan, where we open against Croatia, and Gdansk, scene of our Spanish inquisition. Glenn Standish of TorunTips.com gives Póg Mo Goal the low-down. Continue reading →

Asian Nostradamus Predicts Irish Euro Glory

santos psychic He may wear tin-foil on his head but Santos from Indonesia claims to have predicted the outcome of the last two European Championships based on a vision of a colour. This year, that colour is green and he concludes that glory awaits Giovanni Trapattoni and the Boys in Green this summer. It’s good enough for us. All Hail Santos. Continue reading →

Carrying the Nation

dunne t-shirt crop The nation will be holding its breath that hero Richard Dunne returns to full fitness ahead of our dates with destiny in the summer. The Honey Monster gave his seal of approval to our limited edition Póg Mo Goal T-shirts. Continue reading →

Champions League Final for Dublin?

dublin-event1 After successfully hosting the UEFA Europa League final in 2011, three-quarters of football fans now believe Dublin can form the back-drop for the biggest club competition of them all, the Champions League. Lionel Messi, meanwhile, has been voted the tournament’s best player of all time by fans here. Continue reading →

Veteran Ian’s All Harte

ian harte reading Ian Harte continued to roll back the years when he was named in the Championship Team of the Year for the second season in a row. He is the only member from Reading’s title winning side, repeating the feat he achieved last time out when the Royals lost out on promotion in the play-offs. Could he be a shock option for Giovanni Trapattoni this summer? Continue reading →

Poland Ready to “Do the Poznan” with Irish

poznan stadium Irish fans travelling to Poznan this summer can expect a warm Polish welcome and a town ready to party. From its historic sights, young student population, culinary delights and the close association between the community and its football club, the city is ready to “Do the Poznan” with the Green Army as Damian Zalewski from the Promotion Office at Poznan City Hall tells Póg Mo Goal. Continue reading →