Euro 2012 diary
Reports in Russia yesterday suggested that the Group B top seeds will get €40,000-a-head if they win in Armenia on Saturday.
It's anticipated that Dick Advocaat's side will face a tough test in Yerevan, with Ireland's opening win there looking better in hindsight after Slovakia fell short in October. "It's wrong not to give financial motivation to national team players," Advocaat was quoted as saying.
The FAI will be hoping that Giovanni Trapattoni's squad don't start searching for similar bonuses, or else this week's UEFA cash boost will take on a different slant.
Duffy feeling heat in Portugal
Ireland's U-21s are in Portugal for a friendly game tomorrow evening, and Noel King's squad contains some interesting names. Arsenal's Conor Henderson is included after his recent senior debut in the FA Cup, while exciting Everton defender Shane Duffy gets another chance to further his development.
Duffy's Twitter followers got unique access to the mood yesterday. "Landed in Portugal," tweeted Duffy, "It is hotttttt..lol."
OBAMA TO BECOME
A BOY IN GREEN?
Regular listeners to Mooney Goes Wild will be used to the dulcet tones of FAI CEO John Delaney, who made his latest appearance on the radio show yesterday.
Delaney enjoyed some good natured banter with the cheerful host, Derek. Certainly, it's not the kind of show where Delaney is going to face exacting questions on the association's finances, despite the good news they received from UEFA earlier this week.
But there was some hilarious joshing about Barack Obama's impending visit to Moneygall.
"I got an email from the soccer club this morning," laughed John, before adding: "We might get an Irish soccer shirt on him."
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It's the first time. I hate him! No, he's a good guy."
Irish back-up 'keeper Darren Randolph explains that he hadn't met Keiren Westwood until this week...
NUMBER OF THE DAY
5 Total number of international caps which the three Irish goalkeepers here this week, Keiren Westwood, David Forde and Darren Randolph, have between them. And they all belong to Westwood..