october 12

History Lessons: Home Rule for Ireland

Remarkably, Ireland have recorded quite a few successes against the Germans over the years, especially at home. Despite the shambolic reign of Steve Staunton, we still gave them two tough encounters when last paired in a qualifying group. Despite the gloom among the home supporters, tonight’s visitors are well aware they face a potentially uncomfortable evening at Lansdowne Road.

Birthday Boy Coleman is Gifted Start

Giovanni Trapattoni has named the side to face Germany at the Aviva Stadium. John O’Shea takes the captain’s armband while Seamus Coleman and Jon Walters are included.

Passage of Play: Lukas Podolski

“It is an uncomfortable contest. I think their fans are crazy but in a good way. I heard they have a new stadium, there will be 40,000 crazy fans of Ireland. It will be a difficult match, we need to prepare well.”

“But of course we will travel there tomorrow and get the three points on Friday.”

Hold ‘Em Klose Irish Dancer

It’s ten years since Robbie Keane danced through the German defence and blasted a last gasp equaliser past Oliver Khan. Miroslav Klose, the man who scored Germany’s opener that day, is still leading the attack but Robbie won’t be doing cartwheels after being ruled out of Friday’s clash between the sides. The interest of a pessimistic Irish public, however, has also gone head over heels.