Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Group C

All time
# Second best
Match Report: Mandzukic on the double for Croatia
Two goals from the Wolfsburg striker resigned Ireland to defeat in their first Euro 2012 fixture.
# Euro 2012
Ireland v Croatia: Player ratings
How did the boys fare in Poznan tonight?
# Draw
Report: Fabregas earns holders Spain a point from Italy
Ireland’s two other Group C opponents played out a thrilling 1-1 draw in Gdansk.
Spain v Italy, Euro 2012
Before Ireland take to the field, their other Group C opponents faced off in Gdansk. Read how it went down.
# Group C
What can Ireland learn from Croatia's Euro 2012 qualifiers?
Finding success from crosses could be a real possibility against today’s opponents.
# Euro 2012
Behind Enemy Lines: What the Croatians are saying
We speak to Zagreb-based football writer Aleksandar Holiga about how our opponents see this evening’s Group C clash going.
LIVEBLOG: Euro 2012, day 3
Is it time yet? Is it time yet? Is it time yet?
# Confident
Fabregas confident of historic Spain treble
Barcelona midfielder is confident his team can become the first to win three successive international tournaments.
# Euro 2012
'This has been a long time coming for the whole country' - Robbie Keane
The Ireland captain knows from experience these opportunities don’t come along very often and says the players are desperate to get their Euro 2012 campaign going now.
# Group C
Villa-less Spain look to rub salt into Italian wounds
Spain may be missing their all-time record goal scorer but it is a small blow in comparison to the Italians’ preparations.
# Euro2012
Croatia's Corluka targets quarter-final spot
Croatia provide Giovanni Trapattoni with yet another article he can pin to the dressing room wall.
# Euro 2012
On a wing and a prayer: what each team hopes, expects and faces in Poland and Ukraine
Miguel Delaney breaks down what fans throughout the continent can hope for this month at the Euros.
# Euro 2012
Keane ready to take backward step to aid Irish cause
The skipper is happy to do whatever manager Giovanni Trapattoni believes will get three points against Croatia on Sunday night.
# Group C
Big respect: Bilic will not take Ireland for granted
The Croatia boss says Ireland play solid, simple football. Basically, he’s quaking in his boots.
# Euro 2012
Different strokes: 'common sense' prevailing over Twitter policy
Denmark appear to be the only team to have held a firm social networking ban in place.
# Group C
More worries for Azzurri: Barzagli doubtful and Balotelli injured in training
The Juventus defender could be sidelined for 20 days, while Manchester City’s striker was forced to pull out on Monday.
# Crocked
Another one bites the dust: Croatian striker Olic to miss Euro 2012
The experienced international has ruptured a thigh muscle and won’t face Ireland, Italy or Spain.
# Euro 2012
Did someone say Irish walkover? Prandelli says he's ready to pull Italy out of Euros
First there was the match-fixing scandal and now Gigi Buffon is caught up in a betting controversy.
# Euro 2012
This is the Italian squad to face Ireland next month...
Uncapped youngsters Ezequiel Schelotto and Marco Verratti were two of those dropped alongside Criscito from the original 32-man list.
# Road to Poland
'It's time for Mario to make headlines for the right reasons' - Cesare Prandelli
As well as speaking about Balotelli, the Italian boss admitted his team “aren’t built to win Euro 2012″.
# Road to Poland
'Croatia can win it. There have been surprises in the past' - Liam Brady
If Chippy’s predictions are correct, Ireland chances of getting beyond the group stages are looking even slimmer.
# linchpin
Doubt?: Chiellini's Euro preparation disrupted by thigh strain
The Italian centre half is expected to be fit just in time for the meeting with Spain. The same goes for Montolivio, De Rossi and Giovinco.
# Countdown
25 days to Euro 2012: Don’t worry Ireland fans, Davor Suker retired long ago
The legendary Croatian striker’s lob over the head of Peter Schmeichel in ’96 was a bit special.
# Euro 2012
Croatia name preliminary squad, spring a couple of surprises
Slaven Bilic has left Ivan Klasnic and Mladen Petric off the list of 27 names for Ireland’s Group C rivals but there are several familiar faces.
# Road to Poland
‘Richard is as brave as a lion. If he was only 80%, I’d bring him’ – McGrath
One Irish defensive hero has been emphasising the importance of having another at the European championships this summer.
# Green card
You've got mail... and possibly a Euro 2012 match ticket if you're lucky
Check your inbox; European football’s governing body UEFA are starting to let people know if they’ve got a ticket.
# Road to Poland
Interview: 'Ireland will be physical but Spain have got a Plan B if needed'
Former Valencia midfielder Gaizka Mendieta was in town yesterday and we caught up with him for some Euro 2012 chat.
# no reservations
It's Gdynia or bust as Ireland confirm Euro 2012 base
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni and asistant Marco Tardelli were in Poland this week to look at prospective locations.
# WC2014
Kazakhstan up first on the road to Brazil 2014
The Republic of Ireland’s fixture list for World Cup 2014 qualifying was confirmed this morning.
# Business end
The Happy Camper: the long and winding road...
It’s the morning after the night before and the lads head out for a bit of a bird-watch. Literally.