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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find Out Why You’re Mean to Me

Back to reality. As Euro 2012 builds to a climax, the last camper-van has long since pulled out of Poland but the Irish have left a lasting impression. The whole world saw the pictures from Gdansk and the word repeated again and again from fans around the globe was ‘respect.’ How shameful then, that Irish supporters should encounter such a lack of it at home. Continue reading →

Euro 88 – Where Are They Now?

They were the pioneers. After decades of heartache, the Republic of Ireland appeared at a major football finals for the first time in 1988. Twenty-four years on, we’re back, but many of Jack’s original Boys in Green can still be seen on our TV screens as pundits. Póg Mo Goal takes an offside look back and asks; the heroes of Euro ’88, where are they now? Continue reading →

A Song for Europe – Come on Ireland

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 →

Hungary Like the Wolf

Foley-gate may be no more with Giovanni Trapattoni firmly drawing a line under the subject but there are a few more faces in the Irish squad who could face tough conversations with the manager after Monday’s final warm-up game with Hungary. Players like Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt have some work to do in Budapest or they may find themselves down the pecking order come the showdown with Croatia just six days later. Continue reading →

Double the Odds with Setantabet

Setantabet.com has raised the stakes, quite literally, for the 2012 European Championships which kick off in just over a week’s time. The online bookmaker has announced that it will pay out double the odds on all winning Euro 2012 outright bets if the Republic of Ireland qualify from their group and advance to the knockout stage. Continue reading →

Montecatini Hills Chop: Axed Foley Cops Cruel Blow

The Kevin Foley saga has cast the first cloud over Ireland’s Euro 2012 preparations. The Wolves defender confirmed he wouldn’t be staying on to watch the campaign from the sidelines, now that he has been cut loose from the squad. Yet decades of experience have thought Giovanni Trapattoni there can be no room for sentiment. With three ferocious battles ahead for the Green Army, all’s fair in love and football. Continue reading →

Preview: Who’s the Bos?

And so it begins. Ireland’s great adventure back on the European stage kicks into action with the first pre-tournament friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Dublin. When we took our seats at the old Lansdowne Road ten years ago to send Ireland on their way to the Far East with a farewell game against Nigeria, who would have believed it would be a decade before we would be back at football’s top table? Continue reading →

A Song for Europe – Boys in Green 2012

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 Boys in Green 2012 by Rory and the Island. Continue reading →

Green is the Colour

Episode one of a new four-part Irish soccer documentary starts on RTÉ Two on 16th May at 10.25pm. Interviews from Giovanni Trapattoni, Shay Given, John O’Shea, Mick McCarthy, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan, John Giles, Jack Charlton, Brian Kerr, Mark Lawrenson, Jason McAteer and many more. Continue reading →

A Song For Europe – 24 Years

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

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

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

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 →

Poland Ready to “Do the Poznan” with Irish

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 →

State of Play: Ireland 0 Slovakia 0

There were two main reasons why Ireland didn’t beat Slovakia on Friday night. Firstly, Aiden McGeady’s inept performance handicapped the home side reducing our attacking threat to just one outlet, Damien Duff. And secondly, Trapattoni chose not to replace the Spartak Moscow player until six minutes to go. Continue reading →

Preview: Vak to the Fut-Eur

Slovakia; The first of four games that will decide if Giovanni Trapattoni has completed his mission to turn the Republic of Ireland into worthy performers on the game’s top stage. A win at Lansdowne Road will put daylight between ourselves and the Slovaks and pitch Ireland in a two-way shoot-out with Russia for automatic qualification. Provided, of course, Ireland back up the players’ words this week with action. Continue reading →

Trap Wants Plenty to Cro About

Preview – With the Premier League season starting on Saturday, and the spate of withdrawals from the Irish squad, we don’t expect much from tonight’s friendly with Croatia. And by now you’d think Giovanni Trapattoni would consistently pick Ireland’s best players. However, with two massive qualifying games looming, his squad selections remain as erratic as ever meaning this evening offers a last chance for someone to gate-crash the Italian’s plans. Continue reading →

State of Play: Italy 0 Ireland 2

A QUITE extraordinary night in Belgium and perhaps the first inclination that the squad Giovanni Trapattoni is moulding for Ireland may be on the cusp of big things. A second string side put a vastly superior Italian outfit to the sword and looked utterly composed in doing so. Yet, beyond all that, there may be a seed germinating in the mind of the manager that his previous first choice team may not be one to deliver the revolution he believes is possible. Like the friendly against Uruguay, this Irish team full of youth, hunger, commitment and confidence is much easier on the eye and perhaps contains some more capable of returning the Republic to the big time than others who have soldiered so far. Continue reading →

State of Play: Macedonia 0 Ireland 2

MANY people predicted Ireland would only be good enough to claim a point in Skopje last night. Missing some key players, with a makeshift defence and a lack of creativity in midfield, it was a game with many pitfalls to scupper our qualification bid. Instead, despite shortcomings in our ability to dictate the game and maintain possession, the Irish came away with a massive result. Robbie Keane made history while ensuring the Republic are in with a shot of making some more. Continue reading →

Return of the Mac; Long Night Awaits

THREE wins, three clean sheets and outright victory in the Nations Cup was a welcome return for Giovanni Trapatonni’s Ireland. A continuation of that form is vital in Macedonia this weekend but has the team shown enough to suggest they can claim three points in Skopje, a place with unhappy memories for the Irish? Continue reading →

On The Road To God Knows Where – Paris

WE’LL always have Paris ….It’s the beginning of a new year and it’s a massive one for Giovanni Trapattoni and Ireland. Euro qualification lies in the balance. This time 12 months ago, the pain of Paris was all too palatable. We’d do well to remember it as we now look to get over the finish line. Póg Mo Goal returns to that fateful night and journeys with the fans. Those with a weak disposition, look away now. Continue reading →