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Via Ball.ie

Before the Spain-Portugal Euro 2012 semifinal, people in the Poznan fanzone sang ‘Stand Up For The Boys In Green’. What have we wrought?


Poznan Will Never Forget – Polish Singsong For The Irish Last Night In The Fanzone (Xavier McDaniel, Balls.ie)

Thanks Turt Hell

Fears that their larynxes might give up come show-time proved to be unfounded. Truth be told I was determined to slip out of the ground early before it dawned on me that something very special was taking place. We were four-nil down and the penny had well and truly dropped that the 11 men on the pitch, with the best will in the world could not match the craft of Spain, no more than the rebels on the streets of Dublin in 1916 could hold out against the might of the British army.

Chemin Briquet,
Geneva, Switzerland


Translating the commentary as I watched, I suddenly recognised the English words “fair play” being used over and over again. The Portuguese could not stop congratulating the Irish fans on their sense of “fair play” and they were quite blown away by the cheerful and good-humoured singing coming from the Irish stands. Talk about positivity. If we could bottle it . . . we would see the tiger rise again!

Travessa Da Encosta,
Sao Romao, Leiria,


The Spirit Of Euro 2012 (Irish Times letters)

“We’ve got our own drinking culture in New Zealand which we’re trying to sort out and if that’s a representation of what they do in their own country they’ve got big problems over there. I think they just have to understand .. if they’re in Rome do as the Romans do. We don’t drink to a point where we fall over so much in our country.”

Senior Sergeant Scott Banfield, head of Christchurch’s team policing unit

Police Disappointed With Drunk Rugby Fans (Stuff.co.nz)

Prompting this response from ‘The Irish in New Zealand’:

Irish In New Zealand (Facebook)

Thanks Eoin Darby and Edward Gash