German journalist explains why the world needs Irish fans at Euro 2016 7 years ago

German journalist explains why the world needs Irish fans at Euro 2016

Rich praise for the Green Army.

Stephan Reich is a journalist with cult German football magazine 11Freunde. He has showered praise on Irish football fans and claims that in the aftermath of recent terrorist atrocities, the prospect of Irish fans heading to France next summer is exactly what the world needs.


DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 16: The Republic of Ireland team pose for a tem photograph before the Euro 2016 play-off second leg match between the Republic of Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Aviva Stadium on November 16, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

In his article, he says that the world needs Superman, a nod to Dick Redmond, the kit manager who celebrated in the Irish dressing room dressed up in the full Man of Steel outfit.

He writes, "celebrations, dancing, singing – who can do these better than the Irish, who on Monday qualified for Euro 2016 in France itself?

ZENICA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - NOVEMBER 13. Ireland fans show their support prior the EURO 2016 Qualifier Play-Off First Leg match at Bilino Polje Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)


"The qualification of the Irish is a godsend. The Boys in Green can celebrate like no other nation, always peaceful, always sympathetic and emphatic, with an infectious, childlike joy.

'They’ll bring huge numbers of good-humoured people prepared to experience a piece of joy. For this then, we look forward, even if pleasure is difficult at this moment. But as Paris is about life, football is also about life. And the Irish are the best proof."

You can read the article in full by clicking here... provided your German is up to scratch.

Kind, generous words from the German journalist. Let's prove him right.


Roll on Euro 2016 and COYBIG!