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Five Memorable Republic Of Ireland National Team Debuts

Republic of Ireland Soccer 9/2/1998 Damien Duff is challenged by Robbie Keane

Ireland take on Turkey on Friday afternoon with a number of new faces in tow looking to become the latest to pull on the green jersey (or white, probably, it being an away game and all). Aaron McCarey, Kieran O’Hara, Matt Doherty, Declan Rice, Enda Stevens, Derrick Williams, Darragh Lenihan and Scott Hogan are the uncapped players in the squad …

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15 Years On From Saipan Mick McCarthy Says He Wouldn’t Change A Thing

World Cup 2002 Republic of Ireland 21/5/2002 Manager Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane pass each other during training Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Andrew Paton

Fifteen years on from that famous incident in Saipan, which threatened to derail the Republic of Ireland’s 2002 World Cup preparations, former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has reflected on the events involving Roy Keane’s departure from the Irish training camp and the summer of debate that followed. Speaking to Second Captains’ Richie Sadlier, the Ipswich Town boss said he had no …

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El Hadji Diouf Has Another Pop At Steven Gerrard, Compares Himself To Diego Maradona

Diouf Gerrard

El Hadji Diouf has been engaging in his favourite pastime again, antagonising former teammates Steven Gerrard and/or Jamie Carragher. The ex-Senegal and Liverpool forward has never been shy in aiming digs at the Anfield legends, regularly dismissing them as jealous and bitter of his successful career. Gerrard and Carragher’s comebacks to these swipes make it blatantly clear that there is …

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Pub Talk’s Pointless Irish XI: Surnames Beginning With ‘K’

Pub talk after Ireland football internationals often runs in three stages, the first is to dissect the match you have just witnessed and to speculate on what the three wise men of Giles, Brady and Dunphy had to say about the game. Following a number of drinks, the conversation moves on to stage two, nostalgia and ‘the good ‘ol days’ …

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Brazil 2002 vs Brazil 2014

There have been many comments that Brazil haven’t been as exciting to watch this summer as their other teams have been in the past. Sarah Fitzpatrick is here to compare the current side to previous Brazil teams. There is a simple reason for the regression in the Brazil team. They have begun a new era opting for youth and potential …

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What If: Roy Keane Remained In Ireland’s 2002 World Cup Squad?

In the first of a new series that looks at the ‘what ifs’ of sporting history, Craig Farrell ponders just how far the Irish World Cup team of 2002 would have gone if Roy Keane had remained with the squad. History as it stands Ireland lost its most influential figure and captain when Roy Keane and, then Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy fell …

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Genes, Pitches & Models: An Anecdotal Look at Grassroots Football

2004. Sometime in late August. Carriganard, Waterford. One of the biggest moments in a young Irish boy’s life is his schoolboy league debut. I’m ten years old, short and retaining some baby flab. I stepped onto Southend United’s pitch in Waterford and took my place at right back as my team, Tramore AFC, ran out 3-0 victors in the Waterford …

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World Cup Memories: South Korea Overcome Spain (2002)

In 2002 South Korea defied the odds by beating Spain to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. However, this game is remembered more for controversial refereeing decisions rather than the achievements of the South Koreans. Before this World Cup, South Korea had never managed a single victory in their previous five campaigns. Their first ever win came against Poland in …

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TBT: Ireland Crash Out Of 2002 World Cup

Seven words uttered by Robbie Keane summed up Ireland’s feelings as they filed on to their bus. “It’s the dream come to an end.” In the cruellest of fashion, Ireland had been beaten, on penalties, having salvaged a 2-2 draw with Spain the second round of the 2002 World Cup.  This was a night when Mick McCarthy’s players were filled …

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TBT: Senegal shock France in World Cup opener

The 2002 World Cup had its lift-off in spectacular fashion. As Senegal’s incredulous players danced around the pitch to greet their victory, the reigning world and European champions trooped off knowing that their aura of invincibility had been shattered. At the time, it was too early to suggest that France’s title defence was in tatters – but the order, involving …

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