read the news // live the culture

Euro 2012 focus on Republic of Ireland: Trapattoni’s men need minor miracle to reach knockout stage

  Friday 1st June 2012
Our Euro 2012 coverage begins with a preview of Group C. Here we assess group outsiders the Republic of Ireland’s chances.
 
Giovanni Trapattoni’s side need a near miracle if they are to emerge from their “group of death”.
The Republic of Ireland have qualified for a major tournament for the first time since the 2002 World Cup

The Republic of Ireland have qualified for a major tournament for the first time since the 2002 World Cup.

 
The Republic of Ireland kick off against Croatia, before taking on current World and European Champions Spain and 2006 World Cup winners Italy. However, the Republic do come into the Euros in great form, unbeaten in their last nine games including an impressive 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 
Trapattoni will be hoping number one goalkeeper Shay Given can make a quick recovery from his knee injury that kept him out of that 1-0 victory.
 
Star Man: Robbie Keane
 
The inspirational Ireland captain was in great goalscoring form during the qualifying for this tournament, scoring seven goals in 11 games and Irish hopes will rest on the shoulders of the LA Galaxy striker.
Robbie Keane is surely going to have to be among the goals if the Republic are to have any chance of emerging from a tough-looking Group C

Robbie Keane is surely going to have to be among the goals if the Republic are to have any chance of emerging from a tough-looking Group C. Photo: Daily Mail

 
Chances will be few and far between for Ireland in their games and Keane will have to be in sharp form if Ireland are to make it through the group stage.
 
Rising Star: James McClean
 
McClean has been one of the surprise packages in the Premier League, making a huge impact during the second half of the season under Martin O’Neil for Sunderland.
 
Although born in Northern Ireland and appearing for them up to Under-21 level, McClean answered Trapattoni’s call in February to make his first appearance for Ireland.
 
Despite only making two appearances for the national side, his performances in the Premier League have earned him his place at Euro 2012 and his direct style could give Ireland a chance.
 
The Manager: Giovanni Trapattoni
 
One of the most successful managers in Serie A history, 73-year-old Trapattoni took over the Ireland national team in 2008 to lead the country through qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
 
He took them to a play-off game against France where Thierry Henry’s controversial hand ball saw France through.
 
Trapattoni stayed with Ireland for qualifying for Euro 2012 where again they made the play-offs after losing just once. This time though , Ireland comfortably beat Estonia and made it through to only their second European Championship finals.
 
Prediction: Group Stages
 
It’s difficult to see Ireland picking up a single point in this tough group, however, a recently friendly draw with Croatia will give them confidence. Ireland have a goalscorer in Robbie Keane, but the stregnth of the rival teams will be too much for Trapattoni’s side.
 
Dean Mears

More about the author


Share this story


  • Pin It
  • Share on Google+
  • Reddit
  • Stumble
  • LinkedIn

Latest related

United We Fall | Movie review
United We Fall

Not to be confused with the 2010 documentary of the same name about the North American Union – which is reportedly [read more]

Drowners at Borderline | Live review
Drowners at Borderline

The atmosphere is beyond lively as we arrive at the packed out basement room of Soho’s Borderline, which [read more]

Duke Dumont at Oslo | Live review
Duke Dumont at Oslo

The world of electronic dance music is heaving with DJs trying to make a name for themselves at a time when the demand [read more]

Stiletto nail art at Pretty Little Polish
Stiletto nail art at Pretty Little Polish

Sometimes nail art can be quite in your face and it’s not really suitable for wearing all the time. However, the nail [read more]

Revolution Farm at Newham City Farm | Theatre review
Revolution Farm at Newham City Farm

Community Links presents Revolution Farm, written by James Kenworth, inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm and [read more]

Archives