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No Country for Old Men

TrapInfographic Trap & Ireland – A Living History. From despair to hope and back again. And so another chapter in the Irish football story closed early on Wednesday morning with the inevitable parting of ways with the man we all came to know only as Trap. Over the next few days, established scribes will jostle for position in drafting a definitive obituary over his reign and attempt to put into context what the Italian has done, what he has said, the way he made us feel and lastly how he will be remembered. So in the spirit of the documentation of living history, Damage Limitation add to the column inches and gives their own take on Trap the manager, Trap the man and his achievements over the past 6 years. Continue reading →

1913 – The Riot in Ringsend

jim larkin wide In the latest of our guest posts, Donal Fallon of the superb Come Here to Me website recounts an episode in the 1913 Lockout involving a football match between Bohemians and Shelbourne in Ringsend. Why did Jim Larkin’s paper denounce two players publicly as ‘scabs’ and call on workers not to attend the game unless to picket it? Continue reading →

Guest Post: Hillsborough – Memories from Afar but Always Standing Together

tumblr_mlbd4heE9k1s93soxo1_500 On the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, the city of Liverpool remembered the 96 who died during a service at Anfield, the first since the Hillsborough Independent Panel cleared supporters of blame. In our latest guest post, Christer Eikrem of Live4Liverpool.com offers the reflections of an overseas fan which are sure to strike a chord with Reds followers from this side of the Irish Sea. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Paolo Di Canio

Untitled “I saw my mother’s face just before the kick-off and it was a very emotional moment for me. I was in the dug out the day after she passed away and we won the game — and it has happened again. My dedication goes to her” – Paolo Di Canio dedicates victory over Newcastle to his late mother Continue reading →

Sponsored Post: Heineken – Road to the Final

roadtothefinal wide We’ve already seen some exceptional drama in the Champions League this week as the tournament builds to a thrilling conclusion in Wembley Stadium. The two German clubs Dortmund and Bayern will join La Liga’s Barca and Real Madrid in the final four after an amazing series of quarter-final games. Champions League sponsors Heineken’s brilliant new ad asks Póg Mo Goal followers, if you were lucky enough to get your hands on a golden ticket, which road to the final would you take? Continue reading →

Wembley to NYC: Game On for Irish

robbie v spain Giovanni Trapattoni’s mobile bill is set to soar this summer as he’ll need to name a bumper Irish panel to cater for a gruelling four matches in two weeks. There’s sure to be room for squad hopefuls and possible recalls as Ireland prepare for a historic meeting with England in Wembley, a World Cup qualifier, and a reunion with Spain in New York. Continue reading →

Blizzard of Aus: 10 Talking Points

trap snow vs austria An Alpine chill threatens to freeze our hopes of a summer of soccer and samba in Brazil next year. We’ve had a few days to digest the happenings at the Aviva Stadium last Tuesday and the overwhelming feeling is still one of regret. Sixty seconds more and Ireland would have been in the driving seat for the play-off spot in World Cup qualifying Group C. Instead, Irish fans remain frustrated and angry but still hold a glimmer of hope. Here’s ten talking points. Continue reading →

Gone in 30 Seconds

00072c18-642 The fall-out continues from Ireland’s draw with Austria and while the knives are once more out for Giovanni Trapattoni, the Green Army are still weighing up our chances of snatching the play-off spot. Amid all the recriminations and questions about Ireland’s retreat in the second half, we should take a minute to remember that David Alaba’s strike in the 93rd minute actually took a deflection off Sean St. Ledger. Meanwhile Germany took another massive step towards Brazil with a 4-1 win at home to Kazakhstan,. Continue reading →

Beware the Ires of March

jack march Playing in March apparently angered Jack Charlton while Steve Staunton thought it meant we performed better. The next few days could prove to be defining moments for Giovanni Trapattoni that determine if we should clear our calendars next summer. Continue reading →

We Need to Talk About Kevin…and 9 Other Points

trap kevin doyle crop Temperatures are plummeting in Stockholm and news of Trapattoni’s starting eleven has met a frosty reception among Irish fans. Much of their ire is directed at the inclusion of Paul Green in midfield but amidst the clamour to condemn the manager, Trapattoni has named possibly his most adventurous team since taking charge of the Republic. He’s also pulled off something of a transformation of the Irish squad that failed so badly in Poland. Ahead of the crunch tie with Sweden, here’s ten key talking points. Continue reading →

Last Meeting: Swede Disposition

staunton robson It was Steve Staunton’s first game in charge and a 3-0 win over Sweden threatened to usher in a new era in Irish football. It proved to be a false dawn. Will Friday’s World Cup clash in Stockholm see the sun begin to set on Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign or reignite our ambitions to reach Brazil in 2014? Continue reading →

He is Zlatan

Zlatan crop Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the man we must shackle if we are to have any chance of taking something from Stockholm. With a career that’s taken in some of the world’s top clubs, Ireland will be up against it to stifle the Swedish captain, but our own form striker Robbie Keane’s record measures favourably against the PSG hit-man. Continue reading →

The Godfather of Irish Football

Untitled Irish football’s head honcho John Delaney, dubbed the Godfather, gave Sky Sports News an exclusive look behind the scenes at the Football Association of Ireland this week. He spoke about his childhood, his salary, and defended the decision of the Republic to cap players from Northern Ireland. Continue reading →

Hot-Shot Rob Has Face Like Back of a Bus

keane bus Robbie Keane continued his lightning start to the new season for LA Galaxy scoring in a 4-1 win over Costa Rican side Herediano to send the MLS side into the CONCACAF semi-finals for the first time. The Irish captain has also replaced David Beckham as the face of the MLS champions in a high-profile advertisement campaign. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Ian Harte

214135hp2 It’s a joke. I’ve seen Stephen Kelly’s phone, pretty much every one of the Reading lads have seen it, and we’re thinking: ‘What’s going on’? If the press were to see the full text, that would be the end of Trap. That would be the end of Giovanni Trapattoni Continue reading →

This is Crazy, So Call Me Brady

trap-brady-1 The latest communications mishap surrounding the Irish football team should have us all clamouring for the return of Liam Brady to the management. The pundit is renowned for talking sense on RTE’s soccer panel and there’s nothing sensible about some of the talk coming from the Irish camp in recent days. Continue reading →

Trap’s Delight with Old Wes Shift

wes-hoolahan-scores-the-second-goal-622013-630x403 Once upon a time in Dublin, getting a score from Old Wes meant something entirely different, but it was shift of a different kind at another south Dublin venue that has Irish football fans all hot and bothered. Wes Hoolahan’s cameo against Poland has put a pep in the step of the Irish soccer team and its under-fire manager. Continue reading →

A Good Day to Dye Hard

James McClean and fellow members of the Irish football squad, Kevin Doyle, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Ward, Keiren Westwood, Paul McShane and Shane Long took on Today FM’s Shave or Dye charity challenge ahead of the friendly with Poland at the Aviva Stadium Continue reading →

The Return of Ronaldinho

ronaldinho1 The day after he turned 21, all eyes at Wembley will be on Brazil’s latest superstar Neymar but the followers of the Selecao will also be hailing the return of another hero, the grinning teeth and smiling feet of the one they call Ronaldinho Gaúcho. Continue reading →

Window of Opportunity for Irish

meyler mccarthy long ireland This time last year, there were high hopes of transfer movement for Irish stars struggling at club level. A European Championship loomed on the horizon, a competition Marco Tardelli said could serve as a shop window for the Republic squad. The demand for our stars failed to materialise and Poland saw the shop bankrupt. This time however, it’s form players and old reliables that are attracting attention. Continue reading →

Handball is Dunne and Dusted; Richie and Thierry to Team Up?

dunne and henry 3 Sat disconsolate, arms barely propping himself up on the Stade de France turf, Richard Dunne was joined by the villain of the piece, Thierry Henry. ‘The Cheat of St Denis,’ as dubbed by George Hamilton, offered his hand to the Irish colossus, a recognition of the heartbreak he and his countrymen had visited upon the gallant Irish in Paris in 2009. As fate would have it, are the two to be reunited as team-mates at New York Red Bulls? Continue reading →

Prince of Rio, Heleno de Freitas

Heleno de Freitas was a Brazilian footballing superstar in the 1940’s whose fall from grace is featured in the movie ‘Heleno’ released in the USA this week. The Botafogo hero starred for Brazil at the 1948 World Cup but his personal life began to unravel soon after. Heleno developed dementia and attempted suicide. At one point, he ate newspaper clippings that had detailed his triumphs and he died at the age of just 39. Continue reading →

Plat’s That, No Euros for Ireland

Platini-Delaney There’ll be no repeat of the scenes in Poland last summer on the cobbled streets of Temple Bar. Unless Dublin is included in Michel Platini’s Euro vision. Ireland’s joint bid with Wales and Scotland to host the 2020 European Championship is dead before it got off the ground. UEFA have granted Platini’s wish to spread […] Continue reading →

Guest Post: World’s Best Supporters – For Two Weeks

4a_1012 We call ourselves the Best Fans in the World. UEFA even gave us a prize. We went to Poland in huge numbers but we can’t fill Lansdowne now for Ireland games. Our football love is reserved for Premier League clubs, mainly two of them, and mainly from the couch or the barstool. In a special guest post, Minty from YBIG.ie looks at how many Irish people take the easy way out when supporting foreign teams. Continue reading →