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Trap’s Crimes They Are a Changin’

Trapattoni0105_468x328 We went to the pub early for the Euro 2012 game with Italy. It was empty. They’ll remain that way for our first World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan. Giovanni Trapattoni’s insistence on sticking with the same players and tactics means an Irish game has scarcely been met with such indifference. And yet, history suggests Trap’s team will change. Continue reading →

Claws Out: The Cat is in Kazakh

KazakhstanF Kazakhstan is a long way to go for redemption. It’s about as far away from Poznan as you can get. Still licking the wounds from the summer, Trapattoni’s Ireland are cat-hunting again but, criticised for his unwillingness to change, if perfomances don’t improve, the claws will be out. Continue reading →

Where Have the Best Fans in The World Gone?

Trap hands About three weeks ago Poland’s men’s volleyball team crashed out of the Olympic Games at the quarter-final stage. Odds on for the gold medal, their failure sparked a tidal wave of criticism at home. The debate soon turned to discussion of the Irish football fans as the Polish asked why they coudn’t follow the example set by the Green Army at Euro 2012. We wonder if they’d ask the same question this week. Continue reading →

Video: New Class Make the ‘Grade

Serbia's Bisevac challenges Ireland's Walters during their international friendly soccer match in Belgrade A new-look Irish side played out a scoreless draw against Serbia in Belgrade. While scoring chances were few and far between, Giovanni Trapattoni sprung another surprise by opting to abandon his 4-4-2 system in favour of 4-5-1, again answering some of the the criticism that dogged him following the Euros. Continue reading →

Given, the Greatest, Hangs Up Gloves

shay wave He sat ringside at London’s ExCel Arena. Around him, thousands of green-clad Irish were in raptures creating a cauldron of noise as Ireland’s sporting superstar, Kate Taylor, powered to Olympic gold. As he hangs up his gloves, trying to replace Shay Given could prove a knock-out blow to our future qualifying hopes. 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →