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Squad Rotation: A Year of Change

Statistics released this week show Ireland with the fourth highest representation of footballers in the Premier League and, with the new season just starting, international boss Giovanni Trapattoni was able to name ten top flight players in his team to face Wales. This time a year ago, however, his squad was reeling from a disastrous European Championship. The manager has stuck to his word and overhauled the playing staff but for the team that lined out against Italy last summer, much has changed in just 12 months. Continue reading →

50 Grades of Shay

If report-cards were being handed out for the Irish players coming home from Euro 2012, there’d be a few large F’s and plenty of black marks against names. Former star pupil Shay Given also seemed to suffer from the class clowns around him. Continue reading →

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 →

The Rocky Roads of Poland

We hope the Green Army have suspension in those campervans. This footage of some roads in Poland will have Sudo Cream manufacturers rubbing their hands with glee. Still, anyone making the trip from Cavan to Euro 2012 should feel right at home. Ouch. Continue reading →

It’s Warsaw lads, not Walsall

Did you watch the Europa League final last week? Four hundred Bilbao fans didn’t. At least, not where they were supposed to. Instead of setting down in the Romanian capital Bucharest for the final, the supporters’ plane landed almost 400 miles away in Budapest, according to Spanish TV. 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 →

Cas: England Goal Favourite of My Career

“I remember Dennis Wise saying; ‘One England cap is worth 50 Ireland caps.’ All I’d say was; ‘It’s more than 20 years since you’ve beaten us”. In Part 2 of our interview with two of the stars of Jack’s Charlton’s history-making Irish squads, Tony Cascarino tells Póg Mo Goal that scoring against England was a highlight of his career. Continue reading →

Packie Still Keeping the Faith

When Ireland line out in Poznan on June 10th, it will be 24 years since our first appearance at the European Championships. Packie Bonner and Tony Cascarino were among the pioneers in those first breakthrough moments for the Republic. Speaking to Póg Mo Goal, they cast their minds back to those heady days before wondering, like the rest of us, what lays in store this summer. Part 1 features Packie Bonner. Continue reading →

Press Pain in Derry-air for Trap

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 →

Great Dane Hails Green Army

Goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel believes Ireland can pull off a few shocks in Poland this summer. The Great Dane can’t wait for the Irish fans’ return to the European Championships especially as the Green Army will be pitching camp in the town where his father grew up. Continue reading →

Ranty Cause: No Heat in Trap’s Cole Burning

The FAI International awards take place this weekend.What will it say about Giovanni Trapattoni if Seamus Coleman wins Young Player of the Year? A footballer the Italian wouldn’t have on the bench as he was putting Gareth Bale and a string of Premier League full-backs in his pocket, could be looking at the trophy on his Donegal mantelpiece while Ireland are in action in Poland. Continue reading →

Derry Die Hard Yippee KO’d

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 →

Fan Camp has Green Army Pitch Perfect

Picture the scene. You awake in your lake-side retreat to the dawn chorus of ‘Come on You Boys in Green’. You unzip your front door to look out across an entire tented village of your compatriots on a little plot of Ireland in the middle of Poland. And what’s more you didn’t even have to bring your own sleeping bag. Continue reading →