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The men with a point to prove

clock October 2, 2013 11:49 by author Irish Examiner Sports
There was always going to be an element of the dramatic with the first squad announcement in the post-Giovanni Trapattoni era. The questions from who’s in to who’s out have been well digested at this stage but, in this period of transition period, which players have the most to prove? [More]


New faces in new places

clock January 22, 2013 21:10 by author Irish Examiner Sports
Ger McCarthy draws three conclusions from Giovanni Trapattoni’s first Republic of Ireland international squad selection of 2013 ahead of February’s friendly with Poland. [More]


Three who've given Trap pause for thought

clock September 12, 2012 15:50 by author Irish Examiner Sports
Ger McCarthy looks at the plus points from Tuesday's Craven Cottage demolition of Oman [More]


This week's soccer winners and losers

clock June 6, 2012 11:43 by author Irish Examiner Sports
A productive week for an Italian manager, a ball stuffed under a jersey causing fevered speculation and a broken jaw form part of Ger McCarthy’s winners and losers. [More]


Does Trap deserve a new contract?

clock November 10, 2011 18:18 by author Darren Norris
On the eve of the most important games of Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland career we ask if his record deserves a new contract [More]


Keane fails to impress again

clock November 4, 2011 10:30 by author John Riordan
Robbie Keane continued his comeback from injury by helping LA Galaxy through to the Major League Soccer’s Western Conference final but a series of missed chances is all he had to show for his efforts [More]


The good, bad and bizarre of Group B

clock October 12, 2011 01:24 by author Darren Norris
So Group B is over and having finished second best to Russia it’s once again play-off purgatory for Ireland as Giovanni Trapattoni’s men look to book a finals ticket for Euro 2012. Darren Norris looks back at the key moments of a dramatic and tense campaign. [More]


A bumpy road to Poland and Ukraine

clock September 7, 2011 09:09 by author Irish Examiner Sports
Quite the night in Euro 2012 qualifying as defiant Dunne rescued Ireland and Armenia stirred the melting pot. Ger McCarthy reflects. [More]


Anyone considered the possibility Ireland has found its natural level?

clock March 28, 2011 11:29 by author Irish Examiner Sports
Our soccer writers and columnists debate Ireland's Euro 2012 prospects and the manner in which we are attempting to get there. [More]


Ireland's no longer a hack's flight of fancy

clock February 26, 2010 18:46 by author Liam Mackey
Liam Mackey on a stand-off between journos and the FAI [More]




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