euro 2016

Top Irish Football Moments of 2016

What a year it’s been for Irish football, both at home and at international level. The Boys in Green united the nation at Euro 2016, Dundalk raised the profile of our own league like never before, and individual players lit up the stage. Here’s ten of the best moments of the last year.

Video: EURO 2016 Revisited

A group of Irish fans have posted a quite brilliantly produced video documenting their entire trip to France for Euro 2016. This is sure to bring back memories for the rest of the Green Army.

EURO 2016 Takeaway: Kings of Lyon

Ireland proved a point at Euro 2016, and more importantly, grew as a team from the experience. But what were some of the key takeaways? The Opel Jersey explores.

Hand of History

The Irish camp is keen to dimiss it but for the French, it’s on everyone’s lips. We’re revisiting an extract from French Football Weekly’s Jeremy Smith’s interview with Phillipe Auclair, author of Thierry Henry: Lonely At The Top. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Henry is a divisive figure in French football. Perceived as aloof, an adversary of Zidane, and the apparent leader of a shameful strike at the 2010 World Cup, we look at the Frenchman’s standing in history, and that night in Paris.

Up the Duff – The Comeback Kid

Parachuted into the team, green giant Shane duffy was superb in our historic triumph over Italy. Having suffered a life-threatening injury on international duty six years ago, the Derry native knows all about comebacks.

France View: Drama or Karma?

The French both admire, and fear, Ireland’s work ethic, and ahead of their last 16 showdown, the hosts can’t escape thoughts of the infamous last meeting between the sides, writes Jeremy Smith.

EURO 2016 Diary: We’re Not Going Home

Ireland’s Euro 2016 adventure is continuing in glorious style thanks to one of our greatest ever nights which could inspire a new generation, writes Fionn O’Dea in Lille.

Italian View: Winning Start Surprises Azzurri Fans

While many predicted Italy to challenge for the title, Azzurri fans had little hope going in to the European Championship. Ahead of Ireland’s do-or-die clash, the Italian’s winning start has come as a surprise, writes Antonio Ferrara.