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World Cup 2014

Mondiali Impossibili – World Cup Time Travel

Every World Cup tournament causes us to recall finals gone by. With Brazil giving us one of the most memorable competitions in recent history, new Italian online magazine Marte.com has transported some of the protaganists of the current World Cup into classic iconic pictures from past editions with the help of digital artist Antonella Iozzolino. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Noel King

“It’s a football match. Every kid, every adult, you go to a football match and you try to win the game. That’s all I know and that’s my mission: to try and win the game” – Interim coach Noel King has impressed since taking temporary charge of the Irish team. Continue reading →

World Cup Draw

Davey Blackett is illustrating a different footballer every day up to next year’s World Cup kicking off on June 12. His Irish contingent is growing with Roy Keane, Liam Brady, and the latest additions, George Best, Paul McGrath, and Robbie Keane. Continue reading →

Dalymount, 1963, Ireland 3-2 Austria

The last time Ireland defeated Austria was in Dublin in 1963 in front of almost 40,000 at Dalymount Park in a European qualifier. Having drawn 0-0 in Vienna three weeks earlier, Ireland progressed to the last eight of the European Nations Cup thanks to a 3-2 win with two goals coming from Manchester United’s Noel Cantwell. Continue reading →

Whelan in the Years

His team-mate John O’Shea has called him an ‘unsung hero’ and while his partners in the Irish midfield have fallen in and out of favour, Glenn Whelan remains at the heart of Giovanni Trapattoni’s quest to reach the World Cup next summer. The Dubliner earns his 50th cap in Wales tonight. Continue reading →

Pilkington Says I Do for Wembley Date

Giovanni Trapattoni has named his provisional Irish squad for the upcoming bumper four match series involving the World Cup qualifier with the Faroe Islands and the glamour fixtures with England in Wembley and Spain in New York. Norwich’s Anthony Pilkington is included but is due to be married in the middle of the packed two-week schedule. Continue reading →

Wembley to NYC: Game On for Irish

Giovanni Trapattoni’s mobile bill is set to soar this summer as he’ll need to name a bumper Irish panel to cater for a gruelling four matches in two weeks. There’s sure to be room for squad hopefuls and possible recalls as Ireland prepare for a historic meeting with England in Wembley, a World Cup qualifier, and a reunion with Spain in New York. Continue reading →

Blizzard of Aus: 10 Talking Points

An Alpine chill threatens to freeze our hopes of a summer of soccer and samba in Brazil next year. We’ve had a few days to digest the happenings at the Aviva Stadium last Tuesday and the overwhelming feeling is still one of regret. Sixty seconds more and Ireland would have been in the driving seat for the play-off spot in World Cup qualifying Group C. Instead, Irish fans remain frustrated and angry but still hold a glimmer of hope. Here’s ten talking points. Continue reading →

Dalymount, 1963, Ireland 3-2 Austria

The last time Ireland defeated Austria was in Dublin in 1963 in front of almost 40,000 at Dalymount Park in a European qualifier. Having drawn 0-0 in Vienna three weeks earlier, Ireland progressed to the last eight of the European Nations Cup thanks to a 3-2 win with two goals coming from Manchester United’s Noel Cantwell. Continue reading →

Feed the Fish and Hope He Scores

In a move that is likely to surprise most and annoy others, Conor Sammon has been handed the responsibility of leading the line against Austria . Following Robbie Keane’s injury, Trapattoni has decided to place his faith in the untried partnership of Shane Long and Sammon. Ireland must beat Austria to go second in the […] Continue reading →

Beware the Ires of March

Playing in March apparently angered Jack Charlton while Steve Staunton thought it meant we performed better. The next few days could prove to be defining moments for Giovanni Trapattoni that determine if we should clear our calendars next summer. Continue reading →

We Need to Talk About Kevin…and 9 Other Points

Temperatures are plummeting in Stockholm and news of Trapattoni’s starting eleven has met a frosty reception among Irish fans. Much of their ire is directed at the inclusion of Paul Green in midfield but amidst the clamour to condemn the manager, Trapattoni has named possibly his most adventurous team since taking charge of the Republic. He’s also pulled off something of a transformation of the Irish squad that failed so badly in Poland. Ahead of the crunch tie with Sweden, here’s ten key talking points. Continue reading →

Last Meeting: Swede Disposition

It was Steve Staunton’s first game in charge and a 3-0 win over Sweden threatened to usher in a new era in Irish football. It proved to be a false dawn. Will Friday’s World Cup clash in Stockholm see the sun begin to set on Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign or reignite our ambitions to reach Brazil in 2014? Continue reading →

He is Zlatan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the man we must shackle if we are to have any chance of taking something from Stockholm. With a career that’s taken in some of the world’s top clubs, Ireland will be up against it to stifle the Swedish captain, but our own form striker Robbie Keane’s record measures favourably against the PSG hit-man. Continue reading →

Dear Stan, All is Forgiven

“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 →

Hold ‘Em Klose Irish Dancer

It’s ten years since Robbie Keane danced through the German defence and blasted a last gasp equaliser past Oliver Khan. Miroslav Klose, the man who scored Germany’s opener that day, is still leading the attack but Robbie won’t be doing cartwheels after being ruled out of Friday’s clash between the sides. The interest of a pessimistic Irish public, however, has also gone head over heels. Continue reading →

Where Have the Best Fans in The World Gone?

About three weeks ago Poland’s men’s volleyball team crashed out of the Olympic Games at the quarter-final stage. Odds on for the gold medal, their failure sparked a tidal wave of criticism at home. The debate soon turned to discussion of the Irish football fans as the Polish asked why they coudn’t follow the example set by the Green Army at Euro 2012. We wonder if they’d ask the same question this week. Continue reading →

Trap Comes out Fighting

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

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?

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 →

Get out the Kilbankini for Road to Rio

Get out the Kilbankini. Ireland’s journey to reach World Cup 2014 in Brazil begins and ends in glorious nation of Kazakhstan. Germany, Sweden, and Austria all stand in the way of Giovanni Trapattoni’s quest to lead the Green Army to the shores of Copacabana. And we will approach the qualifiers off the back of an appearance at a first European Championships in 24 years. Continue reading →

Third Seed Ireland Go Nuts for Brazil

The Germans, the Swedes, the Austrians, Brian Kerr’s Faroes and Kazakhstan. The Republic of Ireland have a tough nut to crack to reach Brazil in 2014 but it was inevitable given our third place seeding. Giovanni Trapattoni has put his faith in a mixed bag of committed but limited players to take the Irish to the European Championships next year. Cashing in our Euro chips (Cash-eu?) will determine whether pecan approach the road to Rio with trepidation or optimism. Otherwise, it’s all macadamic. Continue reading →