Ireland

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.

EURO 2016 Diary: Clinging to Hope

After Swedish optimism, Irish fans’ hopes were shattered with the Boys in Green beaten in Bordeaux. With one more shot at redemption, we’re down but we’re not out, writes Fionn O’Dea in France.

Belgian View: Red Devils Fear Irish Trap

Belgium’s loss to Italy means they face Ireland in desperate need of a response. Francois Fourneau has the view from Red Devils fans who can’t wait to mix with their Irish counterparts, and though confident they can win, hold some fear of the Boys in Green.