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#Euro2012

# euro2012 - Wednesday 6 June, 2012

As it happened: Ireland v Romania, World Cup second round, 25 June 1990 From The42
Live Jun 6th 2012, 7:37 PM

As it happened: Ireland v Romania, World Cup second round, 25 June 1990

'He's ready to go' -- Relaxed Irish confident on Given fitness
# Last Man Standing
From The42
# Last Man Standing

'He's ready to go' -- Relaxed Irish confident on Given fitness

Jun 6th 2012, 6:31 PM 1,671 Views 0 Comments

“Nobody is more desperate than Shay to play on Sunday. I don’t think wild horses would keep him from being on that pitch,” said Alan Kelly today.

Free money! Here are our best bets for Euro 2012
# Flutter
From The42
# Flutter

Free money! Here are our best bets for Euro 2012

Jun 6th 2012, 4:50 PM 6,371 Views 34 Comments

Who’ll get through the pool stages? Who’ll finish top scorer? Will Ireland surprise some pundits? Warning: may not be accurate.

Letter from Poland: Green army swells as Ireland make their grand return
# Euro 2012
From The42
# Euro 2012

Letter from Poland: Green army swells as Ireland make their grand return

Jun 6th 2012, 3:11 PM 3,725 Views 12 Comments

In the first of his daily dispatches from Ireland’s Euro 2012 camp, Miguel Delaney soaks up the sights and sounds of yesterday’s welcome in Gydnia.

Frugal Irish fans 'can sleep rough' in Poland
# Travel Plans
From The42
# Travel Plans

Frugal Irish fans 'can sleep rough' in Poland

Jun 6th 2012, 2:02 PM 4,817 Views 5 Comments

A Polish Facebook page titled “Fans sleep where they want” has garnered over 12,500 likes.

Champions Spain undergo light first training run
# Euro 2012
From The42
# Euro 2012

Champions Spain undergo light first training run

Jun 6th 2012, 1:55 PM 245 Views 0 Comments

They may be the world and European champions but only 300 fans turned out to watch Spain this morning. Ireland had around 13,000 yesterday.

'Robbie Keane can have my record', says Ireland's leading goalscorer
# Prolific
From The42
# Prolific

'Robbie Keane can have my record', says Ireland's leading goalscorer

Jun 6th 2012, 12:33 PM 792 Views 0 Comments

Honoured torch-bearer Olivia O’Toole says she would be more than happy for her male counterpart to overhaul her tally.

VIDEO: Don't worry, it's not vodka! Sopot welcomes the Boys in Green
# Euro 2012
From The42
# Euro 2012

VIDEO: Don't worry, it's not vodka! Sopot welcomes the Boys in Green

Jun 6th 2012, 11:51 AM 516 Views 0 Comments

In other news, Shane Long won’t be impressed if you pretend to draw on his face with a marker.

No change: Ireland stay 18th in FIFA World Rankings
# Euro 2012
From The42
# Euro 2012

No change: Ireland stay 18th in FIFA World Rankings

Jun 6th 2012, 10:09 AM 386 Views 2 Comments

Ireland’s Group C opponents Spain, Croatia and Italy are first, eighth and 12th respectively.

2 days to Euro 2012: How well do you know Giovanni Trapattoni?
# Countdown
From The42
# Countdown

2 days to Euro 2012: How well do you know Giovanni Trapattoni?

Jun 6th 2012, 8:55 AM 253 Views 1 Comment

Watch a fascinating documentary on how the youngest manager in Serie A history became one of the most decorated.

Rethink: Can Ireland play like Spain?
# Style
From The42
# Style

Rethink: Can Ireland play like Spain?

Jun 6th 2012, 8:00 AM 395 Views 0 Comments

It may be too late for the Euros, but we wondered whether those pretty patterns could be woven elsewhere.

Today's talking points from Euro 2012
# Ch-Ch-Changes
From The42
# Ch-Ch-Changes

Today's talking points from Euro 2012

Jun 6th 2012, 1:27 AM 2,264 Views 7 Comments

Should Ireland be worried by the absences from training? Is Giovanni Trapattoni really going to change his formation so close to such a crunch game… would that even be wise? Miguel Delaney looks at the key points.

# euro2012 - Tuesday 5 June, 2012

As it happened: Ireland v Holland, European Championships, 18 June 1988 From The42
Live Jun 5th 2012, 7:35 PM

As it happened: Ireland v Holland, European Championships, 18 June 1988

Net gains for Trap as Given to train tomorrow, Ireland manager says
# Top Table
From The42
# Top Table

Net gains for Trap as Given to train tomorrow, Ireland manager says

Jun 5th 2012, 6:42 PM 2,278 Views 4 Comments

And in his first press conference in Poland, Trapattoni says Ireland won’t go to one up front.. just yet.

In pictures: Ireland's Euro hopefuls enjoy their first day in Poland
# Euro 2012
From The42
# Euro 2012

In pictures: Ireland's Euro hopefuls enjoy their first day in Poland

Jun 5th 2012, 6:34 PM 4,845 Views 3 Comments

The squad’s Polish hosts made the Boys in Green feel welcome on their arrival for the upcoming championships.

Men in the middle: Meet the Euro 2012 referees
# Whistle Blowers
From The42
# Whistle Blowers

Men in the middle: Meet the Euro 2012 referees

Jun 5th 2012, 5:54 PM 582 Views 2 Comments

Introducing the 12 officials who love the job you hate.

Caption competition: What's so funny?
# COYBIG
From The42
# COYBIG

Caption competition: What's so funny?

Jun 5th 2012, 3:21 PM 4,693 Views 72 Comments

Richard Dunne has received some news via his Blackberry which, by the looks of things, Paul McShane is pleasantly shocked to read.

Euro 2012: Germany hit back at criticism of Auschwitz visit
# Not Enough
From The42
# Not Enough

Euro 2012: Germany hit back at criticism of Auschwitz visit

Jun 5th 2012, 2:52 PM 700 Views 2 Comments

Wolfgang Niersbach has rejected the view that the DFB should have sent a larger delegation to the infamous camp.

Dutch coach Van Marwijk promises attacking football
# Euro 2012
From The42
# Euro 2012

Dutch coach Van Marwijk promises attacking football

Jun 5th 2012, 2:37 PM 338 Views 0 Comments

The World Cup 2010 finalists will play an offensive style but in a “responsible way”, according to their manager.

POLL: Should Ireland alter their formation for the Croatia game?
# Euro 2012
From The42
# Euro 2012

POLL: Should Ireland alter their formation for the Croatia game?

Jun 5th 2012, 1:28 PM 2,299 Views 18 Comments

In his post-match comments last night, Trap revealed that he is open to playing 4-5-1 to shore up the midfield.

Big respect: Bilic will not take Ireland for granted
# Group C
From The42
# Group C

Big respect: Bilic will not take Ireland for granted

Jun 5th 2012, 11:05 AM 372 Views 3 Comments

The Croatia boss says Ireland play solid, simple football. Basically, he’s quaking in his boots.

Different strokes: 'common sense' prevailing over Twitter policy
# Euro 2012
From The42
# Euro 2012

Different strokes: 'common sense' prevailing over Twitter policy

Jun 5th 2012, 10:14 AM 588 Views 0 Comments

Denmark appear to be the only team to have held a firm social networking ban in place.

The last summer of 16 should be savoured
# Euro 2012
From The42
# Euro 2012

The last summer of 16 should be savoured

Jun 5th 2012, 9:40 AM 3,185 Views 18 Comments

This tournament will be the last European Championship to be tightly populated with the continent’s best. Next time out it will be bloated and asymmetrical, writes Miguel Delaney.

Don’t be shy: Sprucing things up for Euro 2012? Send us your pictures…
# COYBIG
From The42
# COYBIG

Don’t be shy: Sprucing things up for Euro 2012? Send us your pictures…

Jun 5th 2012, 7:58 AM 762 Views 1 Comment

The more elaborate, the better.

Euro 2012: here's how our writers think it'll all pan out
# Euro 2012
From The42
# Euro 2012

Euro 2012: here's how our writers think it'll all pan out

Jun 5th 2012, 7:16 AM 5,140 Views 12 Comments

Plans for hooleys on the Walkinstown roundabout, drinking bowls of loud-mouth soup on high stools, retro jerseys and some football. Here’s how we see it.

# euro2012 - Monday 4 June, 2012

Must do better: here's how the Trap's Ireland players rated
# Marks Out Of 10
From The42
# Marks Out Of 10

Must do better: here's how the Trap's Ireland players rated

Jun 4th 2012, 11:27 PM 5,766 Views 18 Comments

Ireland delivered what was widely perceived to be a below-par team performance, but how did each individual fare?

Match report: Ireland stumble towards Poland with draw against Hungary
# Euro 2012
From The42
# Euro 2012

Match report: Ireland stumble towards Poland with draw against Hungary

Jun 4th 2012, 10:40 PM 774 Views 1 Comment

Croatia manager Slaven Bilic watched from the stands but he saw Ireland being Ireland, according to Richard Dunne.

I might play one up front against Croatia, says Trap
# Tactics
From The42
# Tactics

I might play one up front against Croatia, says Trap

Jun 4th 2012, 10:31 PM 4,595 Views 20 Comments

Ireland were overrun by their hosts in Budapest at times tonight.

As it happened: Hungary v Ireland, International friendly From The42
Live Jun 4th 2012, 7:10 PM

As it happened: Hungary v Ireland, International friendly

More worries for Azzurri: Barzagli doubtful and Balotelli injured in training
# Group C
From The42
# Group C

More worries for Azzurri: Barzagli doubtful and Balotelli injured in training

Jun 4th 2012, 6:15 PM 573 Views 1 Comment

The Juventus defender could be sidelined for 20 days, while Manchester City’s striker was forced to pull out on Monday.

5 key questions that tonight's Hungary friendly will answer
# Conjecture
From The42
# Conjecture

5 key questions that tonight's Hungary friendly will answer

Jun 4th 2012, 4:25 PM 524 Views 1 Comment

Giovanni Trapattoni has one last chance to assess his players ahead of the Euros, and a number of issues remain unresolved.

4 days to Euro 2012: Imagine if we had actually won something!
# Countdown
From The42
# Countdown

4 days to Euro 2012: Imagine if we had actually won something!

Jun 4th 2012, 2:23 PM 414 Views 0 Comments

Ireland were given a hero’s welcome when they returned from Germany in ’88.

VIDEO: Trap confirms that starting XI v Hungary will face Croatia
# Six Days
From The42
# Six Days

VIDEO: Trap confirms that starting XI v Hungary will face Croatia

Jun 4th 2012, 2:18 PM 1,945 Views 2 Comments

Barring injuries, obviously. Meanwhile, the FAI have posted a video of the squad’s last moments in Montecatini.

Another one bites the dust: Croatian striker Olic to miss Euro 2012
# Crocked
From The42
# Crocked

Another one bites the dust: Croatian striker Olic to miss Euro 2012

Jun 4th 2012, 1:44 PM 394 Views 0 Comments

The experienced international has ruptured a thigh muscle and won’t face Ireland, Italy or Spain.

Star power: 9 icons who’ll take centre-stage this month
# Showboat
From The42
# Showboat

Star power: 9 icons who’ll take centre-stage this month

Jun 4th 2012, 10:06 AM 799 Views 0 Comments

Paul McShane may or may not make it, but there’s some serious tekkers on show in Poland and Ukraine over the coming weeks.

It’s time to hit the road… let’s make a playlist for the trip to Poland
# Open Thread
From The42
# Open Thread

It’s time to hit the road… let’s make a playlist for the trip to Poland

Jun 4th 2012, 8:38 AM 822 Views 3 Comments

What’s on the stereo as we head for Poznan? Let us know.

Giants, Aliens and Bond, James Bond: nine omens which could predict Euro 2012
# Lucky Charms
From The42
# Lucky Charms

Giants, Aliens and Bond, James Bond: nine omens which could predict Euro 2012

Jun 4th 2012, 8:00 AM 391 Views 0 Comments

Short of feeling it in your waters, it’s the most reliable way of picking one winner from the field of 16.

# euro2012 - Sunday 3 June, 2012

VIDEO: Hope for Ireland? Silva rescues Spain in slim win over China
# Match Report
From The42
# Match Report

VIDEO: Hope for Ireland? Silva rescues Spain in slim win over China

Jun 3rd 2012, 11:25 PM 560 Views 0 Comments

The world champions were made to work, as they laboured to a victory in their final warm-up game.

Crying foul: Ferdinand rep lashes out at Euro snub
# Frustration
From The42
# Frustration

Crying foul: Ferdinand rep lashes out at Euro snub

Jun 3rd 2012, 10:26 PM 790 Views 3 Comments

Jamie Moralee is upset that the defender has again been overlooked, despite Gary Cahill’s withdrawal from Euro 2012.