Keep your fancy beers and luxurious chocolates.

Ireland were comprehensively beaten by Belgium this afternoon in Bordeuax.

We need divine intervention a result against the already qualified Italians now.

Final score: Ireland 0 Belgium 3 (three)

UEFA Euro 2016

Ken Early: Reality check for Ireland as Red Devils run riot (Irish Times) 

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47 thoughts on “Down Not Out

  1. martco

    gutted again
    as long as we continue to be a great bunch of lads and permit Delaney and co. to pay themselves wheelbarrowloads of cash and build vanity crap like the aviva instead of investing in and developing the game at local level we will forever occasionally turn up at tournaments like this and get absolutely embarrassed

    1. Russell Steed

      Indeed. For now we can rally around the team, but the jobs for the good time boys Delaney et al needs to stop.

    2. Kieran NYC

      How was the Aviva ‘vanity crap’? It’s not even the FAI’s. The IRFU own it.

      Would you rather still be rattling around Landsdowne Road?

      1. Wayne.F

        Actually it is the IRFU land however the FAI mortgaged themselves to the bollix and signed a 60year lease by funding half the construction cost

          1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

            Personally I don’t mind the bugles either, The Man From D’EL BOYO.
            I’m a bit deaf meself.

            But what’s this I hear about corruption in football?
            -Is this a new thing?

  2. The People's Hero

    In other news, the lads down in Jo’burg are having a fine day out so far…

  3. TK Ickle

    We had Italia 90. It’s not likely to happen again anytime soon.

    We are akin to England during the 90s and 0s’, with the media and the Country always expecting a lot more that can ever be delivered.


    1. Sheikh Yabooti

      Yawn. Closed my credit union account in anticipation of “home extension loan” defaults.

  4. dav

    Reality Bites, looks like the nordiez are just better than us… , except for the flags, we have them there

    1. Fairhill

      50, 1 to change the bulb, 2 to change random peoples punctures and 47 to stand at the bottom the ladder saying how good the Irish fans are

      1. D'El Boy

        You left out the 10,000 goons to sing the Fields of Athenry when the team is battered – an anthem for losers

  5. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    I was just getting into the Euros when I remembered that pounding was better fun.
    Not the pounding ‘we’ got, a different kind…
    -Everything was better in the old days. You wouldn’t understand if I explained it.

    Stop embarrassing yourselves and me by association.
    From now on it all about slowing down the knitting-factories, the printing-presses and rubbish.

    It’s a joke, a disgrace…but it’s a distraction and sure hey, what? …who am I? What?.

  6. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    I just can’t get into it.
    I’m heterosexual, born like that and not apologising.

    Men in short trousers and expensive haircuts, hugging each other?
    -It’s beautiful to watch but who wants to see that, or hear someone talking about another man’s tackle?
    -It’s political correctness gone mad Stu*.

    *Triple bonus points if you get that joke.

      1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        Did you see the bit where a bloke got a smack in the balls off of the ball?
        -That was the funniest bit for me.

        It happened near the end, in the fourth hour or something. I dunno…

  7. Brendan O'

    We don’t have a central midfield so the goalkeeper and defenders will just lump the ball forward a lot. The goalkeeper is our best creative midfield player.

    1. :-Joe

      It would be funny if it wasn’t almost true…. 3rd best after Hoolahan and Hendrick/Brady…


  8. :-Joe

    Forget about Irelands’s inherant woes the immediate problems were caused by bad team selection after not beating a poor sedish side.

    Keogh and Duffy on for Clarke and McCarthy.
    – Duffy can defend high crosses properly and can score goals from corners( i.e At the other end!)
    – Keogh can pass well and can act as another holding midfielder or third centre back and also link up with Whelen in midfield to help Hoolahan and Long in attack. You could even sacrifice Whelean for McClean or bring on someone else for a better attack for this scenario.
    – Christie and Coleman and Ward and Brady gives 4 full backs who can double up on the flanks. Italy really likes stretching teams out on the flanks.

    Christie – Duffy – O’Shea – Ward
    Coleman – Whelan – Brady

    At least 5 – 7 decent defenders when were not on the ball and more importantly, at least 3 – 5 attacking players when we are on the ball ready to work together properly and keep the pressure up in the Italian half.

    I’ve already rang Martin O’Neil and he told me to stop it.

    A 1-0 Win #COYBIG etc. and we can fix the FAI by MARS 2424 in time for the first annual intergalactic murder-ball tournament.


    1. :-Joe

      Oopps…. Hendrick for Whelan too… dunno what I was I was thinking there. and all the spelling mistakes.


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