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Germany vs Republic of Ireland: A Tale of Two F.A.s

As the Republic of Ireland face Germany this evening in a crucial qualifier, Sean Curtin examines the different paths the F.A.I. and D.F.B. have taken. 20th June 2000, the final whistle has just blown in Rotterdam. Germany trudge off the field, suffering a three-nil defeat to Portugal. They have been eliminated from the Euros in embarrassing fashion, picking up one …

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The Irish Media & The Germany Game – Why So Negative?

‘It could be a long night for Ireland against Germany’ The Irish Times sports pages this morning leave the reader feeling anything but optimistic. We’re told that Ireland must pull something special out of the bag or else Germany will dismantle the Irish once more. Not the best accompaniment to your morning’s cereal and certainly not one for the soul. …

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Northern Ireland Hope To Capitalise On An Impressive Start

 Northern Ireland, who have enjoyed their best start to a qualifying campaign since 1968, face Greece in a Group F qualifier in Athens on Tuesday at 7.45pm. Northern Ireland have enjoyed an excellent start to their qualifying campaign for the 2016 European Championships, with two wins from two in their opening games in Group F. They managed a sensational late comeback to claim …

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Top Five European Qualifier Upsets

As we prepare for Ireland to do battle with world champions Germany, Conor Heffernan looks back on the top five European qualifier upsets. Let’s hope we’ll be adding another upset tonight. Last night Iceland beat Holland 2-0 at home. Limiting the Dutch to just four shots on target, the Icelandic team reminded us that football can be a fickle game. …

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PA League Of Ireland First Division Team of the Year 2014

It’s that time of year again where the best XI from this year’s League of Ireland First Division must be decided upon. Thomas Stafford picks his Pundit Arena team of the year for the 2014 First Division.  Picking a “Team Of The Week” is never easy so one can only imagine what choosing a “Team Of The Season”  is like. It was a close …

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Euro 2016 Qualifier Preview: Germany vs Republic Of Ireland

The Boys In Green travel to Gelsenkirchen to take on the world champions Germany in a 7.45 KO in this crucial Euro 2016 qualifier. Dan Dalton is here to preview this huge game for Martin O’Neil and his side. Form Germany won the World Cup in July but have suffered their first loss in European Championship qualification since 2007 after …

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What Ireland Can Learn From Saturday’s 3 Group D Games

Rob Lyons questions what can Ireland learn from the three group D games which were played out on Saturday night, including Ireland’s 7-0 demolition of Gibraltar.  ______ Republic of Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar This result did not come as a surprise to anyone nor does it teach the Irish players or management very much about the standard the side is at heading …

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League Of Ireland First Division Review – 2014

Yesterday saw the final round of games in the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland First Division played out as the season drew to an end, David Pheasey looks back at the year as a whole in his 2014 First Division review. Longford Town fans will be able to rest easy for the off-season and dream of Premier Division football as …

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League Leaders Host Shamrock Rovers In Oriel Park

Dundalk host Shamrock Rovers this evening, as the Louth club look to go three points clear at the top of the Premier Division. A win for the home side will see them go three points clear of second-placed Cork City, with two games left, while Rovers are still chasing a European dream. These two last met in September when Dundalk …

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