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The Opel Jersey is a website dedicated to all things Irish football but mostly focused on the national team and player development. Sometimes aiming for independent analysis and insight, other times impulsive fan reaction but always with an eye on the Boys in Green. #COYBIG

Why Have Irish Fans So Quickly Turned On Martin O’Neill?

‘Now is not the time, but if you want a management change, at least get the rationale right as to why…’ The Opel Jersey addresses the rising tide of fury towards Martin O’Neill.  A lot has been made of the post-match interview between Martin O Neill and Tony O’Donoghue on Saturday night – a stung O’Neill, almost certainly embarrassed, proceeded to …

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Everything You Need To Know About Austria Ahead Of Ireland’s Crunch Qualifier

Ahead of Ireland’s massive qualifier on Sunday evening, the good folks over at The Opel Jersey sat down with Austrian football journalist, Fabian Zerche, to get the lowdown on what to expect. TOJ: What have you made of Austria’s start to World Cup qualification? FZ: Quite disappointing to say the least. Much of the spirit of the EURO qualification went missing in …

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What Does Morgan Schneiderlin’s Move To Everton Mean For Ireland’s James McCarthy?

With Morgan Schneiderlin on the fringe of completing a move to Everton, The Opel Jersey looks at what the deal could mean for James McCarthy’s future at the club.  Giovanni Trapattoni and Roberto Martinez disagreed on almost everything about James McCarthy. His match fitness, his mental strength (Trap famously said he would “punch” McCarthy if he didn’t lose his shyness), …

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Passing the Buck: The Evolution Of Ireland’s Footballing DNA

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: Wes Hoolahan (C) of Republic of Ireland celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mate Glenn Whelan (L) and Robbie Brady (R) during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Republic of Ireland and Sweden at Stade de France on June 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

“A nation holds its breath…” As Ireland continue on the road to the 2018 World Cup against Georgia on Thursday evening, The Opel Jersey analyse how Ireland’s style of play has changed over the years, and how it still needs to evolve yet further. _____ In the days and weeks following Ireland’s 2-2 draw with Serbia in Belgrade, much discourse focused on …

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Everything You Need To Know Before Ireland’s Massive Qualifier Vs Serbia

LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Robbie Brady of Ireland celebrates with team-mates James McClean and Stephen Ward at the end of the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

‘A nation holds its breath…’ As Ireland countdown to their massive World Cup qualifier with Serbia this evening, The Opel Jersey sat down with Serbian journalist, Milas Dusanovic (@SerbianFooty), to discuss the dangers that the opposition could present for Martin O’Neill’s men. ____ TOJ: There has been a lot of media coverage over the off-the-pitch issues Serbia faced in the …

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