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O’Neill Announces Squad for Serbia Clash

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 →

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 →

Dunne and Dusted? Richard Out of Squad

Richard Dunne has been omitted from the Irish squad for the friendly clash with Wales in Cardiff. The new QPR signing’s return could depend on how much game-time he sees at Loftus Road. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane has not been asked to fly in from the States, and there’s another chance for Anthony Pilkington. Stephen Quinn is rewarded for his impressive display against Spain and is named in the squad for the August 15 friendly. Continue reading →

Swede Jaysus: Commentator Goes Comeback Crazy

Having mauled Ireland in Dublin, Germany thought they were home and leder-hosed when 4-0 up on Sweden in Berlin. Zlatan and co had other ideas though. The Swedes produced a stunning comeback to blow Group C wide open and leave Ireland trailing in third in the early World Cup qualifying running. It prompted a Swedish radio commentator to lose his cool and our own Des Cahill to ask, when have Germany ever thrown away a lead like this before? Continue reading →

Video: No Fairytale for Trap in Far Far Away

Ireland got their World Cup hopes back on track last night with a 4-1 win over the Faroe Islands but the pitch-forks are still out for the manager. An ogre in the eyes of the press and some supporters, Giovanni Trapattoni answered some of his critics by naming Seamus Coleman, Robbie Brady, and Marc Wilson in the starting eleven but will there be a happy ending or has the page turned on the Trap chapter of Irish soccer? Continue reading →

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. Continue reading →

The Robbie Remix

Robbie Keane was on target again for LA Galaxy last weekend, grabbing his fifteenth of the season, just in time for the visit of Germany to Dublin. It was Di Canio-esque, and worthy of a remix. D.I.S.C.O. K.E.A.N.O. Continue reading →

Trap’s Sermon for the Germans

The high priest of Ireland’s football religion won’t be converted but Giovanni Trapattoni has a few new disciples. Announcing his squad for the upcoming qualifiers, Robbie Brady is on standby while the manager says Ireland needs a miracle to have Richard Dunne available. Now the Germans are coming to hammer the first nail in our World Cup hopes. Continue reading →

Trap’s Crimes They Are a Changin’

We went to the pub early for the Euro 2012 game with Italy. It was empty. They’ll remain that way for our first World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan. Giovanni Trapattoni’s insistence on sticking with the same players and tactics means an Irish game has scarcely been met with such indifference. And yet, history suggests Trap’s team will change. Continue reading →

Claws Out: The Cat is in Kazakh

Kazakhstan is a long way to go for redemption. It’s about as far away from Poznan as you can get. Still licking the wounds from the summer, Trapattoni’s Ireland are cat-hunting again but, criticised for his unwillingness to change, if perfomances don’t improve, the claws will be out. Continue reading →

Beeb’s Thriller; Ireland Just Bad

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 →

Passage of Play: Brian Kerr

“On a personal level, I’m delighted to see so many of the players I had the honour of working with achieve their ambition in getting to these finals. They are, to a man, special individuals at a time when many modern-day players invite spite” – Brian Kerr Continue reading →