Friday 17 November 2017

Golden oldies, injury worries and your best bet: the bluffer's guide to the Euros

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill Photo: SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill Photo: SPORTSFILE
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

The mass exodus begins in earnest today. The first advance parties of the Green Army will assemble at Dublin Airport, the buzz will start with 'sensible' beer-fuelled craic on the plane. The Boys in Green have been in a state of anticipation since November, when flights were booked as soon as the draw was announced.

The French planners have ordained that the fans are kept on the move, every team playing in three venues. So it's Paris, Bordeaux and Lille for Airbnb rooms, campsites or hotels. Unlike Poznan in 2012, this time we have high hopes of a decent finals run.

'Olé, Olé, Olé', 'The Fields of Athenry' and 'Come on you boys in green' will ring out from the nearest Irish bar or café colonised by the lads - who will be full of camaraderie, never causing any violence.

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