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On the Mid-Night Plane to Georgia

georgia stadium Irish supporters never made it to Tbilisi when the Republic faced Georgia under Giovanni Trapatonni. Political instability moved the World Cup qualifier to Mainz, Germany. Last weekend, as the green jerseys touched down beneath the Caucuses Mountains, Tbilisi-based Mory Cunningham wondered if it was just another away match location or if the fans felt further East in this still emerging nation of stark contrasts? Continue reading →

D-Day for Dublin’s Euro Bid

euro-cup UEFA will announce the 13 countries to host Euro 2020 on September 19 in Geneva. The Football Association of Ireland will only need to see off six rivals in its bid to host games at the multi-nation finals with 13 to be chosen from just 19 formal applications. With Scotland, Wales, and England also in the running, there’s plenty of regional competition for the capital but the Irish are confident of success this time around despite various hurdles, including football’s usual seedy politics apparently scuppering us in the past. Continue reading →

The League of Nations

james mcclean UEFA members have unanimously backed a move for a new Nations League tournament to replace international friendlies starting in 2018. Ireland are likely to face the likes of Croatia and Sweden but with the incentive of promotion to face the continent’s top sides. Continue reading →

Teenage Kicks Could Make O’Neill’s Night

kenny mcevoy After his unveiling as Irish boss, Martin O’Neill spoke of unearthing a hidden 17-year-old gem that would take the Irish team by storm. When naming his squad to face Serbia, the Derryman lamented that he had yet to find one, but when Noel King’s U21s take on Montenegro in a vital Euro qualifier, it could be teenage kicks that get the Republic through the night. Continue reading →

Pot Luck Awaits Ireland

1967268_w2 With the Euro 2016 draw taking place in Nice on Sunday, and Ireland among the second seeds, qualification for France should be easier, in theory. But a look at some of the lower ranked teams suggests Martin O’Neill has plenty of work on his hands. Continue reading →

Win the Ultimate Fan’s Experience with Heineken’s Road to the Final

heineken road crop With Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund battling it out to reach the UEFA Champions League decider, Heineken has unveiled the latest instalment of its ‘Road to the Final’ campaign with the launch of a brand new TV ad. To celebrate, Heineken is offering one lucky Irish fan and three friends an opportunity to get a seat at this season’s competition finale in London. Continue reading →

Sponsored Post: Heineken – Road to the Final

roadtothefinal wide We’ve already seen some exceptional drama in the Champions League this week as the tournament builds to a thrilling conclusion in Wembley Stadium. The two German clubs Dortmund and Bayern will join La Liga’s Barca and Real Madrid in the final four after an amazing series of quarter-final games. Champions League sponsors Heineken’s brilliant new ad asks Póg Mo Goal followers, if you were lucky enough to get your hands on a golden ticket, which road to the final would you take? Continue reading →

Guest Post: World’s Best Supporters – For Two Weeks

4a_1012 We call ourselves the Best Fans in the World. UEFA even gave us a prize. We went to Poland in huge numbers but we can’t fill Lansdowne now for Ireland games. Our football love is reserved for Premier League clubs, mainly two of them, and mainly from the couch or the barstool. In a special guest post, Minty from YBIG.ie looks at how many Irish people take the easy way out when supporting foreign teams. Continue reading →

Fan’s Cry Foul Over Fake UEFA Footage

article-1341436477820-13ECB249000005DC-598808_636x344 Not content with ruining football with madcap ideas like hosting the 2020 Euros all across the continent, UEFA were busying themselves in Poland and Ukraine by manipulating the live television coverage. It turns out footage of a German fan crying after the defeat to Italy was pre-recorded. And that’s not all. Continue reading →

Brady, We Were Born Torun

torun night As we prepare to deploy the Green Army across Europe for Euro 2012, many fans will be basing themselves in the Polish city of Torun due to its location between Poznan, where we open against Croatia, and Gdansk, scene of our Spanish inquisition. Glenn Standish of TorunTips.com gives Póg Mo Goal the low-down. Continue reading →

Poland Ready to “Do the Poznan” with Irish

poznan stadium 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 →

Who Let The Dogs Out?

kiev dogs platini The last time Ireland were in a major tournament, Irish fans were warned that when eating a hot dog in the Far East, its bite might be worse than its bark. It was an oriental take on the Last of the Korean Rover. The Ukrainians have taken it to a whole new level, however, by culling stray dogs that wander the streets of Kiev in a mobile crematorium. UEFA are not happy and Póg Mo Goal are joining them. Continue reading →

Star Player Ken Scores a Winner

heineken star player The nice people at Heineken gave Póg Mo Goal a test drive of their new Star Player to play along live with the UEFA Champions League. It’s billed as the first global ‘dual screen’ Champions League football game. Póg Mo Goal’s Kie got a few of the lads round with Chelsea’s trip to Spain the match of choice and the Star Player experience proved a winner. Continue reading →

Having a Domestic: Reap What Eu Sow

rovers juve 1 wide DESPITE the virtual collapse of full-time football here, Irish clubs may never have a better opportunity than now to make the European breakthrough. The draws for next season’s cup competitions have put the group stages of the Champions League and Europa League within sight of Ireland’s participants. Continue reading →