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James McClean

Ronaldo and Portugal Rout Ireland

ronaldo mcclean World-Cup bound Portugal dished out a 5-1 drubbing to a weakened Irish team in New York as Martin O’Neill suffered his heaviest defeat. Cristiano Ronaldo’s side were too much for a defence in disarray, missing first choice regulars with James McClean pulling one back to sign off Ireland’s end-of-season tour. Portugal, ranked fourth in the world, move on to Brazil. Continue reading →

A New Era…10 Talking Points

oneill keane Two games into the reign of O’Neill/Keane and the shot in the arm to Irish soccer has been like an adrenaline rush following the tedium of Trap’s last days. A positive display against Latvia followed by more of the same in Poland before an element of tiredness set in has given everyone reason for optimism. If only we’d had this six months ago. Here’s ten talking points. Continue reading →

A Good Day to Dye Hard

James McClean and fellow members of the Irish football squad, Kevin Doyle, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Ward, Keiren Westwood, Paul McShane and Shane Long took on Today FM’s Shave or Dye charity challenge ahead of the friendly with Poland at the Aviva Stadium Continue reading →

Where Have the Best Fans in The World Gone?

Trap hands About three weeks ago Poland’s men’s volleyball team crashed out of the Olympic Games at the quarter-final stage. Odds on for the gold medal, their failure sparked a tidal wave of criticism at home. The debate soon turned to discussion of the Irish football fans as the Polish asked why they coudn’t follow the example set by the Green Army at Euro 2012. We wonder if they’d ask the same question this week. Continue reading →

Really Shake ‘Em Up: 10 New Faces

colemanmc1 As the fall-out from Euro 2012 continues, the question on everybody’s lips is will Giovanni Trapattoni overhaul Ireland’s playing style? Will those who failed so miserably at Euro 2012 be jettisoned and new faces given the chance to lead us to World Cup 2014? Póg Mo Goal looks at ten young guns who can come into the fray and fire us to Brazil. Continue reading →

Beeb’s Thriller; Ireland Just Bad

Untitled Here’s the BBC’s Michael Jackson-inspired closing montage to Euro 2012. Unfortunately, Ireland’s contributions were Bad. Now Trap must take a look at the Man in the Mirror. If we’re going to make it to Brazil, Trap and Ireland would Wanna Be Startin Somethin. Can he Heal the World…Cup? Continue reading →

Press Pain in Derry-air for Trap

mcclean The acclaim which greeted the on-field arrival of Derry’s James McClean during last Wednesday’s game with the Czech Republic was like the return of the messiah. For many, his inclusion on the plane to Poland in the summer seems a foregone conclusion. And this gives Trapattoni a major media headache. 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 →

Spud Watch: The Lay of the Land – Part 2

duff clap In the second of our installments, Spud Watch looks at the current state of the Irish squad as we continue our in-depth countdown to the European Championships. Departing a quarter-life crisis and entering a mid-life one, Spud Watch wonders whether Damien Duff is our risen Messiah, asks why is Aiden McGeady interfering with kangaroos, and curses that Jedward were asked to do a Euro song while Póg Mo Goal were overlooked. Continue reading →

Derry Die Hard Yippee KO’d

mcclean airtricity league It’s exactly like measuring four gallons of water in a five gallon jug. How do you decide who to pick and who to leave out in your midfield for a first European Championships since 1988? James McClean has been crashed out of Giovanni Trapattoni’s Euro plans like an aeroplane landing at a snow-covered LAX airport. The brightest spark at the Stadium of Light, who received international clearance from FIFA yesterday, has NOT been named in Trap’s squad for the friendly this month against the Czech’s. Continue reading →