Friendlies

Match Preview: Republic of Ireland v Poland

The friendly organised on the back of the Irish fans’ successful bonding with the locals during the European Championships last summer has come around and it may once again be left up to the fans to carry the occasion tomorrow night. The FAI, in association with Dublin County Council, the Polish FA and the Gathering Ireland have organised a pre-game supporters’ friendly in Ringsend tomorrow afternoon as some entertainment for the visitors before the main event. Reports have suggested that the crowd for the actual game may be near the 40,000 mark due to strong interest from the Polish community in Ireland. The team named by Irish manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, may be seen by the away side as further evidence of the Irish generosity of spirit.

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Poland Game May See Some New Faces

The Irish Examiner today reports that Keith Andrews’ injury picked up at Crystal Palace may pave the way for an injection of fresh blood into the Irish squad for the Poland friendly. Derby County’s Jeff Hendrick, who has already been involved with the under-21′s squad, and Richard Keogh have impressed Giovanni Trapattoni and his backroom staff with their recent form and could be rewarded with a call up.

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Republic of Ireland

2012 Review: Caught In A Trap

2012 has left a dent on the Republic of the Ireland national team and the hierarchy of Irish football. There’s Giovanni Trapattoni and his struggles with his players, the media, the supporters and the English language. There’s the F.A.I who decided to schedule a press conference for the Italian to explain the heavy defeat to Germany at the same time as the League of Ireland title decider in Sligo. There’s the players who have retired and the significant blanks in the teamsheet that they’ve left behind them. It is a year that has seen football betting companies push the odds of Ireland making it to the World Cup in Brazil further and further out as Germany and Sweden tighten their grip on Group C. It’s hard to believe now that it began in the midst of an unbeaten run.

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Friendlies

Match Preview: Republic of Ireland v Greece

Republic of Ireland against Greece is not exactly a blockbuster friendly to end the international action for this calendar year but it’s probably appropriate for a year that many in the Irish squad and management team will want to put behind them. Tonight’s game is the first at home since the 1-6 defeat to Germany and it’s likely that the match attendance will reflect this. The open revolt in the media against Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign has been postponed at least by the FAI’s recent vote of confidence in the Italian but a defeat tonight will undoubtedly see more heavy criticism.

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Friendlies

Republic of Ireland squad announced for Greece friendly

Giovanni Trapattoni got back to business today with his announcement of the provisional Republic of Ireland squad for next month’s international friendly with Greece.

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