Ireland's World Cup

Ireland's World Cup

Pragmatic Giovanni Trapattoni urges caution

GIOVANNI Trapattoni is refusing to throw caution to the wind as he attempts to launch the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with victory in Armenia.

Irish still winners to their fans

THEY came in their tens of thousands, turning Dublin’s Phoenix Park into a sea of green, white and orange.

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McCarthy stays

MICK McCarthy has agreed to remain as Republic of Ireland manager for two more years after his team’s impressive World Cup campaign. McCarthy will now lead their bid to qualify for the 2004 European Championship.

Skilful Irish more than just triers

FOOTBALL is no different from any other phenomenon in that its beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Perception being a subjective thing - therefore governed, qualified and modified by biases rooted in allegiances and preconceptions - it is hardly surprising that so many disparate opinions should swirl around the melting-pot of debate.

‘My boys are the pride of Ireland’

MICK McCarthy saluted the bravery of his penalty takers - even the ones who missed - after Ireland’s World Cup shoot-out defeat to Spain, insisting he was proud of all of his players.

Day when Ireland’s luck finally ran out

ONE man held his head in his hands, weeping. He could hardly bear to look any more. A woman had already covered her eyes and was shaking uncontrollably. Her friend was praying for divine intervention, desperately making the sign of the cross.

Ireland depart, leaving behind a diminished Cup

IT WAS the cruellest of exits, down to the last kick of the ball. That Mick McCarthy had ordered his team to practise penalties the night before counted for little - they were found wanting and are preparing to return home, their World Cup over.

Staunton and Quinn bow out at the top

STALWARTS Steve Staunton and Niall Quinn announced their retirement from international football last night, in the aftermath of the Irish Republic’s dramatic World Cup exit.

Irish miss old heads for penalties

RARELY, if ever, can ten footballers have gathered together and failed so hopelessly to kick balls into a net. Yesterday’s penalty shoot-out between Spain and Ireland made one of the most harrowing experiences in sport seem less bearable than a month in Hades.

Ireland pay penalty for spot-kick failures

Republic of Ireland 1 Keane pen (90)

McCarthy walks tall as Roy is forgotten

MICK McCARTHY was willing to reinforce the adage that no one man is bigger than the team when he sent petulant skipper Roy Keane home before a ball was kicked in this World Cup.

Robbie’s not keen on FIFA’s doping regime

ROBBIE KEANE has hit out at World Cup organisers after their dope testing regime denied him the opportunity to join in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup celebrations.

Irish answer Mick’s prayers

DID you hear the one about the Japanese football stadium that thought it was Lansdowne Road?

Outpouring of joy and Guinness as Irish party

THE streets of Dublin were deserted yesterday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm as an estimated 2.5 million fans were glued to their television screens. You could hear a pin drop as the match opened, broken only by a resounding roar after six minutes as Robbie Keane scored.

Breen lives his dream as Irish make last 16

GARY BREEN is to wait until the end of the Republic of Ireland’s Far East adventure before resolving his future.

Ireland go through in style

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McAteer: I was ready to join Keane on flight home

JASON McAteer has admitted he was on the verge of walking out on the Republic of Ireland team after being dropped for the match against Germany.

McAteer reveals his Keane-style tantrum

JASON McATEER has revealed how he threw a Roy Keane-style tantrum last week by packing his bags and saying he was quitting the Republic of Ireland squad and going home after being dropped for the game against Germany.

United Ireland

WEDNESDAY afternoon in Kashima, heat lies heavy in the air and the weight of anticipation pulses through the roads that lead to Ibaraki Stadium.

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