In the second, definitely less interesting match in Group C, the teams of Ireland and Croatia will measure their strength. The 18th team in FIFA ranking secured themselves the right to participate in European Championships in Poland and Ukraine after victorious playoffs with the team of Estonia. Croatians had also to play an additional match, taking up the second place in their group just behind Greece, but they defeated the Turkish team and were decidedly better than their rivals. It will be an encounter of two very well matched teams […]
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The team trained since 2008 by Giovanni Trapattoni only once had the honour to take part in the Championship of the old continent. In 1988, after the victory, a draw and a defeat it was eliminated from the tournament already after the group stage. Ireland, 19 in FIFA rankings, had to accept in the qualifying games the superiority of Russia, and after ten meetings, having collected 21 points, qualified for the play-offs, where after the lucky draw they defeated Estonia 5-1 in the two-legged tie. The captain, Robbie Keane, a […]
The purpose of the Polish national team for Euro 2012 is to qualify. The Irishman Austin Speight, a former coach of the football academy of Manchester United and Manchester City told that his country believes that the Polish team can have a good chance to achieve good results. – You and also Ukraine has great chances. I hope it will be so. It would be a great stimulus to the development of football in Poland – said Speight during an interview for the “Polska” journal. Organization of this tournament leaves […]
Veteran Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni has agreed a new deal with the Republic of Ireland that will last until after the next World Cup.
The 72-year-old has been rewarded for guiding his team to Euro 2012, which Ireland are 50/1 with bookmaker to win…
The Republic of Ireland, 1/1 with bookmaker not to qualify for Euro 2012, have been seeded for next month’s two-legged play-offs.
UEFA will make the draw for the play-offs on Thursday when Giovanni Trapattoni’s men are 14/5 to be paired with Turkey.
Richard Dunne was pleased that the Republic of Ireland did not pick up any injuries in their final warm-up game ahead of Euro 2012.
Giovanni Trapattoni’s team extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches with a 0-0 draw in Hungary and can now be backed …
Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is “excited” to be back in the Premier League after joining Aston Villa on a short-term loan deal.
The Republic of Ireland international could make his debut on Saturday against Everton, who have Galaxy team-ma…
Republic of Ireland v Bosnia – Monday 16th November Bosnia rescued a draw with a late equaliser on Friday night after Edin Dzeko cancelled out Robbie Brady’s 82 minute opener in thick fog. Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill suggested that they are not going to play for an edgy 0-0 to capitalise on the away goal. He said: “We have to try and win the game. If we set out with any other sort of mindset, we could be in trouble. The ultimate goal does not change and is […]
Norway v Hungary – Thursday 12th November Hungary have not won in the past nine games against Norway, and won’t find it any easier this time around. A glance at their relative group opponents says it all; Norway finished third behind Italy and Croatia, whilst the Hungarians lost out to Northern Ireland and Romania. Moreover Norway were very close to qualifying automatically, letting their lead slip against Italy in their final match. They’ll feel that they’ve earned a place at the finals already, and will have too much for a […]
Scotland v Poland – 8 October This is a crunch match for Scotland in a group where qualification seemed a distinct possibility for so long only for an unexpected defeat away to Georgia swept the rug from under their feet. However if Scotland can defeat Poland at Hampden and Republic of Ireland fail to beat Germany in Dublin, then there is a very real chance that the Scots would sneak into the third qualifying place in the last round of games thanks to what would be their superior head to […]