As Sweden prepares to meet Ireland in a crucial World Cup qualifier, English language news site The Local’s resident Irishman Patrick Reilly reflects on what it’s like to be a sports fan in an adopted country and the split loyalties that inevitably occur.
Eyebrows were raised when Giovanni Trapattoni named three Derby County players in the Irish squad to face Poland. Among them is a 20-year-old midfielder who’s been rocking Ireland’s under-age sides and whose stock is rising at Pride Park. So who is Jeff Hendrick?
The Boys in Green won’t be the only ones representing Ireland at Euro 2012 following the news that Mayo referee Damien MacGraith has been named in UEFA’s panel for the finals. What are the chances he gets a France game?
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.
In the third part of our look at the state of the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of Euro 2012, Spud Watch reveals how Glenn Whelan will stop Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets and Alonso this summer, says people should lay off Kevin Doyle, and discusses how, even at his age, Trap practices safe sex.