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'Dear Football god, never again have a tournament without Ireland' – Germans pay homage to Irish supporters

Published 08/10/2015 | 14:36

10 June 2012; A general view of Republic of Ireland supporters during the game. EURO2012, Group C, Republic of Ireland v Croatia, Municipal Stadium Poznan, Poznan, Poland. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
10 June 2012; A general view of Republic of Ireland supporters during the game. EURO2012, Group C, Republic of Ireland v Croatia, Municipal Stadium Poznan, Poznan, Poland. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

One German website has paid tribute to Irish supporters ahead of tonight's European qualifier and highlighted some videos to their readers to illustrate their point.

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11Freunde, a German football magazine, has dipped mainly into the Euro 2012 fever (away from the pitch) as they gear up for tonight's qualifier where a win will confirm top place in the group for Joachim Low's world champions.

"Games against the Irish national team are always highlights," the write. "But not because of the game , but because of the crazy fans . Here the best videos come from Irish fans!"

Using a number YouTube videos they highlight the light-hearted nature of the Irish fans.

The first video shows a group serenading a police woman. "More love for the police" is the title the magazine goes for, followed by an elderly local man in Poznan being sung to merely as he resembled former manager Giovanni Trapttoni.

Another video references Angela Merkel, though there is no reference to the famous banner 'Angela Merkel Thinks We're At Work'.

'Shoes off for the Boys in Green' also makes an appearance.

The article, complete with eight videos of Irish passion finishes with a plea to the gods so we get to grace every football tournamnet we enter.

"Dear football god - if you can hear us - please never again let a big tournament without Ireland take place.

The comments underneath also highlight the regard German supporters had for their Irish counterparts during the 2012 European Championships.

"Although Ireland had already left before this game, the fans gave everything before, during and after the game. Irish fans are simply unbeatable," wrote one commenter.

Though not everyone was on the happy Irish buzz.

"Nothing is as great as people who are really drunk. What exactly does this have to do with football? I'll tell you, nothing."

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