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# damien-duff - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

Fringe players must earn Trap's trust in Serbia, says Stapleton

Stapleton feels that the Ireland squad for next month’s friendly has the right balance of experiment and experience.

# damien-duff - Saturday 21 July, 2012

Opinion: The more things change, the more they stay the same for Ireland

Whether Trapattoni really does intend to ring the changes for the World Cup qualifiers is unclear, writes Paul Fennessy.

# damien-duff - Friday 20 July, 2012

Senior pros set to miss out on Serbia squad - reports Boys In Green This post contains a poll

Senior pros set to miss out on Serbia squad - reports

Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Robbie Keane and Damien Duff could all sit out next month’s trip to Serbia, according to reports this morning.

# damien-duff - Wednesday 20 June, 2012

Out of 10? Here's the Irish squad's tournament ratings

As the dust settles on Ireland’s Euro 2012 campaign, Miguel Delaney runs the rule over each squad member.

# damien-duff - Tuesday 19 June, 2012

I wasn't too loyal to old guard, insists Trapattoni

“In your job, when you get old, if they gave you a pension and say. ‘Go’ without respect, what would you think?” asked the Italian today.

# damien-duff - Monday 18 June, 2012

Ireland v Italy preview: Trap hoping old boys can go out with a bang in Poznan

The manager has picked a familiar looking XI for what may well be a swansong for the likes of Shay Given and Damien Duff.

In pictures: Irish fans gear up for Italy game in Poznan COYBIG This post contains images

In pictures: Irish fans gear up for Italy game in Poznan

The Boys in Green are preparing for the last hurrah at the European Championships in Poland. And so are the fans.

LIVE: Euro 2012, day 11 Euro2012 This post contains videos

LIVE: Euro 2012, day 11

If you’ve got any fight left in you, it’s Italy next up in Poznan tonight for the Boys in Green. Join us as we count down to kick-off.

# damien-duff - Sunday 17 June, 2012

Duff plays down taking captain's armband for 100th cap

A good result against Italy is all the Fulham winger is focused on ahead reaching the international milestone in what could be his last game in a green jersey.

# damien-duff - Saturday 16 June, 2012

Reasons for Ireland's European disappointment...

The Boys in Green are going home early and there are genuine reasons for Irish football fans to be feeling down, writes Miguel Delaney.

Caption time: what was going on at Ireland training this afternoon?

Stephen Kelly, Paul Green and Kevin Doyle seemed pretty interested in one photographer’s camera earlier.

'It's heartbreaking' -- Richard Dunne reflects on broken Euro dreams

“We came here with the aim and the dream of winning the European Championships. It’s gone completely wrong for us,” said the Aston Villa defender this afternoon.

# damien-duff - Friday 15 June, 2012

Irish suffered "psychological blow", admits Trap

“We don’t see fear in training or in our preparations for the tournament, I don’t see tensions in the side,” said the Italian after the rout by Spain.

Analysis: Trap made it easy for the best team on the planet

Ireland were up against it when facing the defending champions tonight. But the Ireland manager gave Spain a helping hand, writes Miguel Delaney.

# damien-duff - Thursday 14 June, 2012

'We're not here for a sing-song', fumes Roy Keane after Irish defeat

“I’m not too happy with all that nonsense. To praise the supporters for sake of it … Let’s change that attitude towards Irish supporters.”

Trapattoni: We didn't learn our lessons from Croatia game

The Italian admitted his side made life easy for one of the best team’s to ever lace up football boots tonight in Gdansk.

Irish fans deserved more than this, says Keith Andrews

“You can hear the fans, they’re an absolute credit to their country and the team,” said the West Brom man after the defeat.

Match report: Spain run riot over hapless Ireland

The Irish are the first team eliminated from the tournament after a night to forget in Gdansk.

As it happened: Ireland v Spain, Euro 2012

Giovanni Trapattoni leads his men into a can’t-lose clash with the world and European champions in Gdansk. It might well be epic.

In pictures: Trap's Army invades Gdansk ahead of Spanish showdown Euro 2012 This post contains images

In pictures: Trap's Army invades Gdansk ahead of Spanish showdown

With a mouth-watering Group C game against defending champions Spain hours away, the Irish are painting the city green.

Divided loyalties: how it feels to be half-Irish, half-Spanish today

Miguel Delaney is in Gdansk for us… and for once his journalistic objectivity is welcome.

Spain v Ireland: 'This is the biggest game Ireland have ever played'

Playing world and European champions in a major tournament and needed at least a point? We’ve never been involved in a bigger occasion, writes Miguel Delaney.

# damien-duff - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Trap hints Keane's the man to lead the line alone against La Roja

It’s clear Ireland will go with the skipper as a lone striker against Spain, Miguel Delaney writes from Gdynia.

Poll: Should Trap drop Robbie Keane for the Spain game tomorrow? Let's Gdansk This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Trap drop Robbie Keane for the Spain game tomorrow?

Should Ireland’s record goalscorer sit this one out in order to stifle the likes of Xavi and Iniesta in midfield?

# damien-duff - Tuesday 12 June, 2012

Keane calls on Irish to keep the faith

The message from the Ireland skipper was clear this afternoon ahead of the daunting meeting with world champions Spain in Gdynia: believe.

Busquets says patience a virtue against Irish

“Clearly we are not going to change our style one little bit,” the Barcelona man insisted today.

We haven't watched Swiss defeat of Spain yet, admits O'Shea

“We’ll have to be on our game but we’re confident we can cause them some problems too,” said the Sunderland man today.

Ahead of Ireland's Spain clash, Gdansk official thanks 'civilised white people'

The deputy mayor of the town quickly apologised for the remarks today.

We can shock Spain, says defiant Trapattoni

The 73-year-old Italian coach said he has to rebuild some dented Irish confidence before taking on Vicente del Bosque’s Spain.

Euro 2012: Day 4's talking points

Ukraine the perfect hosts, England go back to basics and more headers. Miguel Delaney breaks it down.

# damien-duff - Monday 11 June, 2012

Trap staying positive ahead of Spanish inquisition but holds back on McClean

“This morning, I watched our game with more calmness and came to the conclusion that we played good,” the Ireland boss said today.

5 reasons to be cheerful ahead of Ireland's showdown with Spain

All is not lost, Ireland fans. No seriously… it’s not.

On Tour: The morning after the night before for Trap's Army in Poznan

Cian O’Callaghan woke up with a thumping headache, a sore jaw and a magical day’s worth of memories.

Euro 2012 analysis: Reality bites as Ireland exposed on the world stage

If you’re going to sit back and invite teams onto you, the most important objective is not to commit the kind of errors that sabotage that, writes Miguel Delaney in Poznan.

Trapattoni rues 'offside' decision against Irish

“Maybe Shay didn’t see the ball, because he had three or four players in front of him,” Trapattoni said of the early Croatian goal.

# damien-duff - Sunday 10 June, 2012

'Why not?' -- Trap insists mission is still possible despite set-back

The Italian said Ireland will now aim for six points against Spain and Italy over the course of the next week.

In pictures: Ireland humbled by Croatia in Poznan Feeling Green This post contains images

In pictures: Ireland humbled by Croatia in Poznan

Ireland were out-classed by Croatia in their Group C opener in Poland tonight. Here’s how it happened.

As it happened: Ireland v Croatia, Euro 2012 Euro2012 This post contains videos

As it happened: Ireland v Croatia, Euro 2012

Could Giovanni Trapattoni’s men get off to a winning start against Croatia this evening? Let’s find out.

# damien-duff - Friday 8 June, 2012

LIVEBLOG: Euro 2012, day 1 COYBIG This post contains videos

LIVEBLOG: Euro 2012, day 1

We whiled away the hours before kick-off collecting tweets, following stories and giggling excitedly. Review the day’s action here.

Flying the flag: 12 Irish banners we hope to see in Poland this summer Euro 2012 This post contains images

Flying the flag: 12 Irish banners we hope to see in Poland this summer

Nothing says game-time like defacing your national flag by scrawling the name of your local pub onto it.