He was the Indonesian psychic who predicted Euro glory for Ireland. He couldn’t see past the colour green for the eventual winners. Now Santos wants to apologise to the Irish fans for adding to the pressure on the team. In the end, not even he could foresee Spain’s football from the future.
I don’t even want to do this anymore. I’m sick of it. I don’t care about the team no more. Why should I? They played like a team who doesn’t care about me. They played in a style like the old Commodore 64 games where everybody is always in the same place doing the same thing, like animatronics.
There’s a reason Irish fans haven’t sung ‘You’ll Never Beat the Irish’ for around 20 years. It was seen as unlucky. Our Euro 2012 problems began when we made the song our official anthem. Still, the Thai Tims make it worthwhile.
They were the pioneers. After decades of heartache, the Republic of Ireland appeared at a major football finals for the first time in 1988. Twenty-four years on, we’re back, but many of Jack’s original Boys in Green can still be seen on our TV screens as pundits. Póg Mo Goal takes an offside look back and asks; the heroes of Euro ’88, where are they now?
Foley-gate may be no more with Giovanni Trapattoni firmly drawing a line under the subject but there are a few more faces in the Irish squad who could face tough conversations with the manager after Monday’s final warm-up game with Hungary. Players like Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt have some work to do in Budapest or they may find themselves down the pecking order come the showdown with Croatia just six days later.
It depicts chaos at home. The economy and country are in ruins. Yet the football team unites the nation. Sound familiar? It’s Coca-Cola’s Spanish advert. Olé.
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Setantabet.com has raised the stakes, quite literally, for the 2012 European Championships which kick off in just over a week’s time. The online bookmaker has announced that it will pay out double the odds on all winning Euro 2012 outright bets if the Republic of Ireland qualify from their group and advance to the knockout stage.
Spain’s training camp in Austria.
The Kevin Foley saga has cast the first cloud over Ireland’s Euro 2012 preparations. The Wolves defender confirmed he wouldn’t be staying on to watch the campaign from the sidelines, now that he has been cut loose from the squad. Yet decades of experience have thought Giovanni Trapattoni there can be no room for sentiment. With three ferocious battles ahead for the Green Army, all’s fair in love and football.