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Shane Long Goal. Ireland v Germany

So here it is, just in case you wanted to see it again ūüôā ¬† Shane Long scores for Ireland against Germany at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. ¬†Ireland later qualified for the Euro’s in France 2016 by beating Bosnia-Herzegovina in the play off. ¬†Well done lads. ¬†In the words of that great old Irish rebel song “We will march with O’Neill, to an Irish battle field, we will go to fight the forces of the crown”. ¬†This time the Irish will be playing to be crowned Kings of European football.

And you heard it here first. ¬†Ireland will get out of the group and move onto the last 16. Having been drawn against Italy, Sweden and currently world ranked #1 Belgium, it will not be easy for Ireland. However, Belgium are a collection of great players, but I suspect not a great team. ¬†Ireland are the polar opposite, they have no superstars, but they have a terrific work rate and team spirit. ¬†With Ireland, the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts.

Ireland has been drawn against Sweden in the first game and I think the Irish can get a win. ¬†Yes, Zlotan Ibrahimovic¬†is excellent, and will be an obvious threat to the Irish defense, but at 34 he is no spring chicken. The Irish work rate and team spirit should¬†carry them through to a¬†win against Sweden. ¬†Given the unique nature of international tournaments, with only 4 teams per group, a win in the first game will put Ireland in a terrific position going into the games against Italy and Belgium where draws (ties) should be enough to see Ireland into the next round. ¬†O’Neill has already proved Ireland’s approach and tactics will be very different from the overly cautious Irish team under Trapattoni. ¬†Having watched Martin O’Neill guide his men through a very tough qualifying group consisting of Poland, Germany, Scotland and Georgia, I am sure he will navigate his team to the last 16 in France. ¬†We beat the World Champions Germany, so we can beat anyone. ¬†Get in there lads !!!!

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