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Green Giants – Forward Thinking

They’re the men who will fly the flag for Ireland at Euro 2012, our first major finals for ten years. Póg Mo Goal takes a look at the Boys in Green. Here’s the strike-force who could make it a tournament to remember.

Green Giants – The Middle Men

They’re the men who will fly the flag for Ireland at Euro 2012, our first major finals for ten years. Póg Mo Goal takes a look at the Boys in Green. Here’s the midfield.

Green Giants – Case for the Defence

They’re the men who will fly the flag for Ireland at Euro 2012, our first major finals for ten years. Póg Mo Goal takes a look at the Boys in Green, starting with the defence.

Video: The Spanish Coca-Cola Ad

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.

Video: Aers to the Euro Crown

View the essential Irish guide to this summer’s football from Aer Lingus. Find out how many fans are making the trip, some useful fact’s about our opposition, and even how many of Robbie Keane’s celebrations it would take to get there.

Montecatini Hills Chop: Axed Foley Cops Cruel Blow

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.

Preview: Who’s the Bos?

And so it begins. Ireland’s great adventure back on the European stage kicks into action with the first pre-tournament friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Dublin. When we took our seats at the old Lansdowne Road ten years ago to send Ireland on their way to the Far East with a farewell game against Nigeria, who would have believed it would be a decade before we would be back at football’s top table?

Green is the Colour

Episode one of a new four-part Irish soccer documentary starts on RTÉ Two on 16th May at 10.25pm. Interviews from Giovanni Trapattoni, Shay Given, John O’Shea, Mick McCarthy, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan, John Giles, Jack Charlton, Brian Kerr, Mark Lawrenson, Jason McAteer and many more.

Passage of Play: Giovanni Trapattoni

“I played against the best player in the world one time, Pele. I thought I was dead. I won the game. With every game, we confirm our confidence and belief”

Spud Watch: The Lay of the Land, Part 4

In the final part of our look at the state of the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of Euro 2012, Spud Watch finds a new role for Kevin Kilbane and ponders the unthinkable; Stephen Ireland should phone home.