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 →

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 →