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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 →

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 →

Cas: England Goal Favourite of My Career

cascarino “I remember Dennis Wise saying; ‘One England cap is worth 50 Ireland caps.’ All I’d say was; ‘It’s more than 20 years since you’ve beaten us”. In Part 2 of our interview with two of the stars of Jack’s Charlton’s history-making Irish squads, Tony Cascarino tells Póg Mo Goal that scoring against England was a highlight of his career. Continue reading →

Packie Still Keeping the Faith

super_valu_camper_0131x__medium When Ireland line out in Poznan on June 10th, it will be 24 years since our first appearance at the European Championships. Packie Bonner and Tony Cascarino were among the pioneers in those first breakthrough moments for the Republic. Speaking to Póg Mo Goal, they cast their minds back to those heady days before wondering, like the rest of us, what lays in store this summer. Part 1 features Packie Bonner. Continue reading →

Foley Favours Euro Philosophy

dominic foley He’s played in the Premier League and in the League of Ireland at the height of the boom times. Spotted in a European tie, he went on to spend almost a decade on the continent where he experienced a new football philosophy. Now former Republic international Dominic Foley believes Ireland needs a culture change if we are to progress. Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →