Martin O’Neill Praises Robbie Keane After International Retirement

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has branded striker Robbie Keane as one of the greatest finishers the game has seen.

The striker recently announced his international retirement in a career that saw him make close to 150 appearances for the national team. Since making his debut in 1988,Keane has gone on to feature in 145 appearances. A return of 67 goals from these matches speaks volumes about the striker’s capability in front of goal.Keane has been a successful Premier League forward who represented the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, and Aston Villa. He is currently with LA Galaxy in the MLS.

As Ireland qualified for the Euro 2016 in surprising circumstances, it was thought thatKeane would make the most out of it by featuring in a major international tournament. This has long been a dream for many Irish players. Prior to Euro 2012, Ireland had qualified for only one European championships in their history. Euro 2016 was seen as a distant attempt, but they qualified with flying colours. It was also seemingly the best place forKeane to call time on his international career and it proved to be the same.Keane will make one final appearance for the international team when they take on Oman in the first week of September.
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Ireland Admire France Performance In Lyon

Ireland might not have been able to sustain their position in Euro 2016 but it has definitely created an impression in many ways this year.

The tournament saw a unique trophy being given to the fans of this republic for the supportive and positive attitude they maintained throughout the tournament. That was a unique gesture by the French authorities and it showcased the sportsmanship and the important role that fans play for matches as well as for a country’s performance. Indeed, the country was able to sustain through several rounds this tournament thanks to the fans and the supportive environment they provided to the team.

The team however lost out to France in Lyon. The boss felt that the recovery phase that France took in the second round tie situation certainly helped the team to get back in form. France was able to get victory at a score of 2-1. Martin O’Neill said that the hosts had three extra days to rest and recovers which helped their final group game to be incredible. Continue reading Ireland Admire France Performance In Lyon

Ireland Fans To Be Honored For Supportive Behavior

When we talk of football matches we do talk about the fans at times and how the impact of a game affects them, how they single out heroes out of the teams and decide whom they wish to follow, uplift or condemn.

Indeed, it is the fans and their responses that boosts the confidence of the players, helps team managers be assured or doubt their decisions and push a team to work harder in order to please the fans.

There was a recent declaration that the mayor of Paris would be providing the fans of Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland an honorary medal as they have showcased sportsmanship to an exemplary level. The recent announcement of this unique honor has raised queries from all over as to what instances have led to this decision and for recognizing the motivating effects that fans have. Continue reading Ireland Fans To Be Honored For Supportive Behavior

Former Leicester City manager is happy to see them winning the league

Martin O’Neill is the current coach of Republic of Ireland but the Northern Irish manager has a very extensive managerial career that has seen him taking charge of a number of clubs including: Celtic, Grantham Town, Norwich City, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Leicester City.

The 64 year old manager took charge of Leicester City from 1995 until 2000 and during this period of time, he snatched the Football League Cup and also won the Football League First Division play-offs during the season of 1995-96.

These titles were fairly significant for Leicester City as they were notable accomplishments that Martin O’Neil sealed during his time coaching the English club but Claudio Ranieri has taken things to a completely new level as the Greek coach guided Leicester City to a Premier League win as he marked his name in the history-books of the club.

Republic of Ireland’s Martin O’Neill had a few things to say concerning the historic season of his former club, Leicester City as the Irish manager said: ‘’It is absolutely extraordinary. The team has lost three games. That, in itself, is a fantastic achievement. Leicester City has shown the way, shown how it can be done and great credit to all of them. To the players, the manager who has been terrific, the back room staff that have assembled the team. It’s been a team effort from start to finish.” Continue reading Former Leicester City manager is happy to see them winning the league


Republic of Ireland will face Netherland next in another friendly before the regional tournament in France this summer. The Irish team played a 2 – 2 draw with Repre of Slovakia at the Aviva stadium of March 29th 2016.

Head Coach of the Irish team, Martin O’Neill played with just a striker in the Tuesday friendly as the squad had multiple injuries at the same time. Martin had ruled out the team’s skipper Robbie Keane due to a knee injury. Kevin Doyle, another attacking option for The Wolfhounds, was on the sidelines after he recently went through surgery to repair his shin.

Aside Kelvin Doyle, other key players for The Wolfhounds, Jonathan Walters and Daryl Murphy also missed the match. Before the match, the spokesman for the Irish FA commented on the injuries.

The spokesman said: “Jonathan Walters, Daryl Murphy, and Kevin Doyle will be unavailable for the second of two March games following on from last Friday’s 1-0 win over Switzerland. Murphy and Doyle both picked up injuries in that game, while Walters was not risked. Murphy and Walters have now returned to their clubs for assessment and management of injuries. Doyle will remain with the Ireland squad for ongoing medical management following surgery on a shin injury sustained in the first half of the Switzerland game.” Continue reading IRELAND PLAY NETHERLANDS NEXT

Martin O’Neill wants to have his contract with Ireland extended

Republic of Ireland ensured their spot for the 2016 Euro’s after having secured triumphs over: Georgia, Gibraltar, Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The team of Martin O’Neill collected 5 wins and 3 draws in the qualification phases and it was enough for Republic of Ireland to book their place in the next rounds of the European competition.

The current contract of Martin O’Neill as the head coach of Republic of Ireland runs through the 2016 Euro’s but and the Irish manager has voiced his desire to continue being in charge of the national side beyond what his contract has written.

He said: “Absolutely, I am open to it. We had a conversation after Scotland and John was very supportive, felt as if this is the way we want to go forward and that was very pleasing to hear. “I saw John Delaney on Friday and he said that we would sit down over the next couple of weeks which we intend to do.”

John Delaney is the Chief Executive of the Football Association of Ireland and Martin O’Neill stated that he has already held discussions with him regarding the possibility of having his own contract with the national team and considering how well things have been going for Ireland, there is a realistic possibility of Martin O’Neill staying in charge of Republic of Ireland beyond the 2016 Euro’s.

Republic of Ireland was pitted in group E along with Belgium, Sweden and Italy. The Italian outfit are the favorites on finishing at the top spot but the 2nd spot is expected to be tightly contested between the remaining teams. Continue reading Martin O’Neill wants to have his contract with Ireland extended

Republic of Ireland have once again failed to impress under new manager Martin O’Neill

Republic of Ireland have once again failed to impress under new manager Martin O’Neill after getting only a 1-1 draw in the recent game against Scotland.

This was seen as an important match for the national team and its manager O’Neill. For a long period of time after his appointment, the former Aston Villa manager was unable to get any competitive action due to the presence of major international tournaments. Now, though, Ireland have an opportunity to be part of a major tournament themselves. The national team are involved in the Euro 2016 qualifying matches.

It has not progressed well so far after the Irish find themselves significantly below the qualification places after a string of poor results. Ireland have simply not been able to find the back of the net consistently in order to win matches. The team are two points behind Scotland, who occupy the final qualification spot, and even the Scots do not have a berth in Euro 2016 confirmed since the third placed team will have to go through the play-offs. O’Neill reckons that the intensity has been lacking from the team in recent games and the upcoming match against England will serve as a perfect recipe to kick up the players. Continue reading Republic of Ireland have once again failed to impress under new manager Martin O’Neill

Robbie Keane best Days are Over

At the age of 34, Robbie Keane’s best days are over as he is now reaching the twilight years of his career with maybe a few more seasons left in him before eventually deciding to stop his playing career and hang up his boots.

However, even at his elevated age, Martin O’Neill believes that the veteran attacker is the best option that Republic of Ireland has in order to find their goals.

Robbie Keane is the oldest player in the entire Republic of Ireland squad and the head coach, Martin O’Neil believed that Robbie Keane would stop performing at a high level after he decided to make a switch from Tottenham Hotspur over to the MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy but Martin O’Neil has now backed and supported once more Keane.

Martin O’Neil expressed his support towards Robbie Keane as he spoke during a press conference and the manager said: “When he went to America, there was a feeling that Robbie may have run his course with Ireland. Looking from a distance and without giving it any fantastic consideration at the time, I thought maybe that was it for him. I considered his Premier League days to be over and his international career as well, but then he said he wanted to carry on playing for Ireland when I came into the job; watching him training, his enthusiasm is there is abundance.’’ Continue reading Robbie Keane best Days are Over

Martin O’Neill feels that Rangers not Dealt good

Republic of Ireland and former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill says that he feels Rangers may have been harshly treated by the football authorities back in 2012 after accumulating a lot of debt.

The former Scottish champions were relegated to the bottom tier of the Scottish football pyramid. They have since worked their way back to the Championship, but the possibility of returning back to the Premier League still remains some way off.

After an extended absence, the old firm derby will be returning to Scotland with Celtic taking on Rangers in a League Cup semi-final match. Continue reading Martin O’Neill feels that Rangers not Dealt good

Shay feels win against America is Impressive

A few people might not be taking Ireland’s win against America that seriously, but, Shay Given reckons that the win in that game was important for him and his teammates in order to have some momentum going forward.

Ireland had been beaten by Scotland last month in Glasgow which had seen them slipping down to the 4th position in their Euro qualifying group, that is, Group D.

But, they recovered from that loss well as they thumped the Yanks by 4 goals to 1 in a friendly fixture.

It was clinical stuff by the Irishmen, but, people are refusing to get too much into it saying that it was only a friendly game.

According to Shay Given though, after what happened against Scotland, his team was eager to make sure that they get the season done with a better result.

Talking to the press, the veteran goalie said, “There’s always a good feeling when you win the last game of the season. Yes, I know we are not playing any match in the next three months; still, this win is important from momentum point of view. We, as a team, would feel good when we recall what happened when we had last stepped onto the field. You never want to see the season getting over with a loss, do you?”

The America game was Shay Given’s 127th one in Ireland colours. He had made his debut for his country 18 years ago, yes 18 years ago.

For the last couple of years, he had been out of International scene. He had actually retired, but, then, he came back to help Ireland get qualified for the World Cup. He did not play in the World Cup qualifiers though, but, eventually, in August this year, he was called back in the squad for the game versus Oman.