The Noise from Brazil: James McClean makes an excellent point and Costa Rica's president loved the win over Uruguay 5 years ago

The Noise from Brazil: James McClean makes an excellent point and Costa Rica's president loved the win over Uruguay

The Derry man tries to get some credit for Ireland and Costa Rica's top man acts just like we'd imagine Michael D would if Ireland won a World Cup match.

We think the technical term for this World Cup so far is 'frickin superb'. The goal-per-game average is well north of three and we have seen some stunning team displays already. Only yesterday we were treated to three quality games, with Colombia, Costa Rica and Italy all great to watch on the way to victory.

James McClean also watched the games with interest and he noted that Ireland had played two of those sides in recent weeks.

He's not wrong but many people replied to tell him he was, mostly in language we couldn't possibly reprint.

Presidential salute

Up until just now, we had never heard of Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solís but we are big fans now. Only in the gig since May, he joined his fellow country folk to watch their World Cup opener against Uruguay yesterday.

And, like his fellow country folk, he bloody loved it when they overcame the odds to beat the well-fancied South Americans.

If Ireland do make it to the next World Cup, we fully expect to see Michael D literally donning the green jersey and giving it socks if the Boys in Green do well.

JOEpan update

Despite a fine strike by Keisuke Honda, our boys lost 2-1 to Ivory Coast overnight, putting them in a spot of bother in Group C. A win now against Greece is a must or else they will be on that very cool plane and heading home.

And while the loss of one of the best shirts in the tournament would be bad enough, fans like this fella will be gone too. Now this is commitment to your team.

Cote D'Ivoire v Japan: Group C - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Looks like we will have to up our game...