Video: Robbie Sinks a Double Paddy

robbie keane la galaxy Robbie Keane gave his LA Galaxy boss the perfect reply on St. Patrick’s weekend when scoring two against DC United. Galaxy coach Bruce Arena had said the Irish captain lacked confidence after some frustrating displays since returning from Aston Villa. Two goals from the Tallaghtman is good news for Galaxy and good news for Ireland. Continue reading →

Happy Birthday Trap

sainttrap1 (1) The new Patron Saint of Irish soccer celebrates his 73rd birthday on St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s hope he’s leading another parade through Dublin with just as many drunk Irish people on July 2, the day after the Euro 2012 final. Continue reading →

Ooh Aah Ref McGraith

damien macgraith The Boys in Green won’t be the only ones representing Ireland at Euro 2012 following the news that Mayo referee Damien MacGraith has been named in UEFA’s panel for the finals. What are the chances he gets a France game? Continue reading →

Torres Facing Irish Pole-Axe

torres spain Fernando Torres faces a fight to appear against Ireland at Euro 2012 after being dropped from Spain’s squad to face Venezuela last week. While Kevin Doyle has also suffered this season, there’s little danger of the Wexford man missing out, highlighting the gap in quality Giovanni Trapattoni must bridge in the summer. Continue reading →

Press Pain in Derry-air for Trap

mcclean The acclaim which greeted the on-field arrival of Derry’s James McClean during last Wednesday’s game with the Czech Republic was like the return of the messiah. For many, his inclusion on the plane to Poland in the summer seems a foregone conclusion. And this gives Trapattoni a major media headache. Continue reading →

Great Dane Hails Green Army

PeterSchmeichel_High Goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel believes Ireland can pull off a few shocks in Poland this summer. The Great Dane can’t wait for the Irish fans’ return to the European Championships especially as the Green Army will be pitching camp in the town where his father grew up. Continue reading →

Moscow Men Out on a Lim

Lubos Kalouda The Airtricity League kicks back into action tonight with a renewed anticipation in seeing those players who might make their mark following James McClean’s internatioanl cameo on Wednesday. All eyes will be on Tallaght Stadium where Shamrock Rovers, the defending champions and Europa League history makers, have been busying attracting many of the big name transfers. But few are likely to raise as many eyebrows as Limerick’s recent recruits. Continue reading →

Ferguson’s Border-Line Decision

shane ferguson newcastle Darren Gibson and Shane Duffy led the charge. They trundled down the road from Belfast to Dublin and into the eye of a footballing storm. As James McClean becomes the latest to declare for the Republic having previously turned out for the North, one player has decided he won’t be joining them. Continue reading →

Ranty Cause: No Heat in Trap’s Cole Burning

coleman v NI The FAI International awards take place this weekend.What will it say about Giovanni Trapattoni if Seamus Coleman wins Young Player of the Year? A footballer the Italian wouldn’t have on the bench as he was putting Gareth Bale and a string of Premier League full-backs in his pocket, could be looking at the trophy on his Donegal mantelpiece while Ireland are in action in Poland. Continue reading →

Spud Watch: The Lay of the Land – Part 2

duff clap In the second of our installments, Spud Watch looks at the current state of the Irish squad as we continue our in-depth countdown to the European Championships. Departing a quarter-life crisis and entering a mid-life one, Spud Watch wonders whether Damien Duff is our risen Messiah, asks why is Aiden McGeady interfering with kangaroos, and curses that Jedward were asked to do a Euro song while Póg Mo Goal were overlooked. Continue reading →

“I’ll pop up again somewhere lad don’t worry” – ‘Merlin’ Mick Moves on

Mick McCarthy wolves 2 “I’m not Merlin the Magician,” – Mick McCarthy’s first words to the media as Wolves’ new manager back in summer 2006. In the intervening five-and-3/4 seasons; he has regularly been serenaded with chants of ”Super Mick, Super Mick, Super Mick McCarthy” and eventually was dubbed ”Merlin Mick,” the magician who changed around the fortunes of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. Continue reading →

Football on Another Level

spain futsal Ever wondered what it is that sets players such as Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho apart from the rest? Why their touch is so instant, their passing so precise and their movement so quick and agile? With the UEFA Euro 2012 final taking place this weekend between Russia and five-time champions Spain, Harry Maidment writes the answer lies largely in their development as young footballers and their steady diet of Futbol Sala or Futsal as it’s more widely known. Continue reading →

Derry Die Hard Yippee KO’d

mcclean airtricity league It’s exactly like measuring four gallons of water in a five gallon jug. How do you decide who to pick and who to leave out in your midfield for a first European Championships since 1988? James McClean has been crashed out of Giovanni Trapattoni’s Euro plans like an aeroplane landing at a snow-covered LAX airport. The brightest spark at the Stadium of Light, who received international clearance from FIFA yesterday, has NOT been named in Trap’s squad for the friendly this month against the Czech’s. Continue reading →

Spud Watch – The Lay of the Land: Part 1

Kaka I belong Happy New Year or Omman Pad Ooooome, Harree Kriisshna, Agnus Dei, Hosana in the Highest. I don’t know what Jewish people chant, probably anything by Carole King. A wise avuncular man I once met on the bus to the nut-house once told me that true happiness is achieved through acceptance. Does he mean I should remain passive? Or as Henry Miller suggests that we are all anchored, then how can we be going anywhere? Whether you’re a Muslim, a Protestant, a Jew, a Catholic, a Hindu; we are all just particles colliding off other particles like the ball in Super Cup Football. Continue reading →

Escape to Poland, You Own It

far and away It’s like Tommy Lee Jones’ speech in The Fugitive. If the Polish police search every petrol station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, hen-house, outhouse or dog-house within a few miles of Poznan and Gdansk this summer they’d find an Irish fan on the run from the doom and gloom of home to follow the Boys in Green and looking to escape day-light robbery with some of the accommodation costs during Euro 2012. Or Trap’s Army could just buy a field and pitch up. Continue reading →

Action-Man has Irish on the Hunt

stephen hunt face He’s known as Rambo to many Irish supporters because of his all-action style and Stephen Hunt is relishing the task of taking first blood against the likes of Xavi and Iniesta at Euro 2012 this summer. Speaking to the fans, the Wolves winger discusses studying the Spanish team, facing Italy, Seamus Coleman, and reveals that, […] Continue reading →

Fan Camp has Green Army Pitch Perfect

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Picture the scene. You awake in your lake-side retreat to the dawn chorus of ‘Come on You Boys in Green’. You unzip your front door to look out across an entire tented village of your compatriots on a little plot of Ireland in the middle of Poland. And what’s more you didn’t even have to bring your own sleeping bag. Continue reading →