Jim Power: Why Euro 2012 qualification will put €100m in the back of the net
FOR those of us old enough to remember, the exploits of the Irish soccer team in Euro ‘88, Italia ’90, USA ’94 and Japan/Korea ‘02 stand out as very exciting times for Ireland. During those tournaments the spirit of the nation was lifted and there was an outpouring of support for the various teams, and we partied with gusto.
Given what the Irish nation has been put through over the past three years and the budgetary pain to come over the next three years at least, we could do with some good news and thankfully we got some this week. We can now look forward to the tournament in Poland and the Ukraine next June and it can only give a lift to the nation for two or three weeks that we will be involved. The Irish as a race are very interested in sport and will lend our support to all sporting creeds.
The economic benefits that will flow from participation in the finals can only be positive. The tournament is on at the right time of the year as we move into the summer, and the games will be on at optimal times that will suit those who want to go out to the pub or club to watch the games.