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Whelan in the Years, Keane Backs Glenn

glenn whelan Roy Keane described Glenn Whelan’s performance in Stoke’s win over Arsenal last weekend as ‘outstanding,’ and he would know. The player who came in for a lot of criticism during Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign could be set for a new lease of life under the guidance of Ireland’s former midfield general Continue reading →

O’Neill Announces Squad for Serbia Clash

o'neill presser Martin O’Neill has announced his first squad as Ireland manager for the friendly with Serbia at the Aviva Stadium next month. There’s been no recall for Shay Given, whose loan spell at Middlesbrough expires at the end of February. Ipswich’s Daryl Murphy makes a return to the squad but there’s no room for Stephen Ireland. Although O’Neill oversaw the games with Latvia and Poland, he inherited those selections from interim coach Noel King. Continue reading →

Dear Stan, All is Forgiven

000117ae-642 “My team’s gone cold I’m wondering why I got out of bed at all The Dublin rain clouds up my window.. and I can’t see at all And even if I could, my team can’t play, Dunphy’s picture’s on my wall It reminds me, that it is this bad, it is this bad..” Continue reading →

Video: New Class Make the ‘Grade

Serbia's Bisevac challenges Ireland's Walters during their international friendly soccer match in Belgrade A new-look Irish side played out a scoreless draw against Serbia in Belgrade. While scoring chances were few and far between, Giovanni Trapattoni sprung another surprise by opting to abandon his 4-4-2 system in favour of 4-5-1, again answering some of the the criticism that dogged him following the Euros. Continue reading →

Trap Comes out Fighting

katie taylor trap Irish football is on the canvas and our national team sporting a bloody nose. Katie Taylor has stolen our hearts after the Boys in Green broke them in June. Yet Giovanni Trapattoni has faced the flurry of punches that have come his way since Euro 2012 and he’s come out fighting. Continue reading →

Given, the Greatest, Hangs Up Gloves

shay wave He sat ringside at London’s ExCel Arena. Around him, thousands of green-clad Irish were in raptures creating a cauldron of noise as Ireland’s sporting superstar, Kate Taylor, powered to Olympic gold. As he hangs up his gloves, trying to replace Shay Given could prove a knock-out blow to our future qualifying hopes. Continue reading →

Trap, Are You Being Serbed?

trap facepalm Could this be the most important squad announcement of Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign as Irish manager? There have been far more important games but this Irish side is at a cross-roads. A new avenue awaits but it will involve new faces and a manager willing to alter his philosophy to lead us on the rocky road to Rio. Continue reading →