Euro 2016 New Friends Amongst The Brotherhood of Football

Euro 2016 Football Fans Make Friends

Euro 2016 is great fun.   Despite what the media may portray, there are far more fans that prefer to have fun than fights. Here’s some Irish and Swedish fans having the ‘craic’ (Irish word for fun).

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Sometimes you run out of money and if you are out of credit and can’t call home, then some fans find new ways of sending messages home!




This French Man Wrote The Most Incredible Open Letter To The Irish People

“You do honour to your country, your people, to your ancestors. Even drunk, you’re a gentleman…”

Oliver Sauton, a French man wrote a public letter to the Irish supporters in France.
Oliver Sauton is a French man who, along with many others, has been blown away by the Irish supporters in France.

Oliver Sauton is a French man who, along with many others, has been blown away by the Irish supporters in France.

He wrote the following open letter to all Irish fans, and it’s blowing up on social media.

Dear Irish supporter,

Sunday your country will face mine in the knockout stages of Euro 2016. Well you know what? If my country wins or yours, I’ll be happy. And I will celebrate. As if my blood is French, my heart, thanks to you and your comrades, is increasingly Irish.

Dear Irish supporter, you shall never measure how much good you are doing to our country. Before your arrival, here we kept to yell, people went on strike, they broke the shops and pounding it. We spoke only of hatred, discord and disgusting lawns of our stadiums. Since you’re here, Irish friend, we speak only of generosity, brotherhood and good atmosphere that you put in the stands. In the stands and on the streets too!Every day all France feasts videos in which you sing ballads for pretty French ladies, lullabies for innocent babies, loving slogans for the police who remembers thanks to you it can be loved, you repair the car that you accidentally damaged and pushes repentance to compensate the driver, you even cleaned up– such Japanese supporter-garbage that you leave! ETC … ETC … ETC … In fact if the Irish wears green is because that’s a Martian.

Yes,  a human being with such heart, it can only be an extraterrestrial, or Irish.

 You do honor to your country, your people, to your ancestors. Even drunk, you’re a gentleman. Even with your belly sticking over your shirt, you have class. Even defeated, you’re in good spirits.

I love you, the Irish, and I think I am telling the truth when I say the whole France that has fallen under your charm. You have so conquered us than you reign over us already. When you see how much good you’re doing for our country, we French we say that Ireland is better than Holland … Because it is much more than a good mood that you spread, Irish brother, it’s Love. Love others, stuff that had been forgotten. Love the beer too! You drink so much! I‘ve never seeing anything like it. And you’re beautiful when you drink! You sing, you laugh, you make friends and I rarely see you vomit. Spread the word: Irish is the best advertising for alcohol. In fact, I propose that on match days of the Irish team, we do not prohibit the sale of alcohol, but that make free and compulsory.

You remember in 2009, we ripped you off. We played like feet (French expression for rubbish) and it took the hand of Thierry Henry to go to the World Cup. But if God is not (maybe) Irish, he must still know one in his family – divine justice – we were covered with ridicule, to make the whole world laugh (even strike history, specialty home …).

At the time, despite the joy of qualifying, many French were ashamed because we agree the game was won, but at the same time we also lost our pride … You, you were sad but left with no violence, and you’re back in our country without seeking revenge. Hey, the Irishman: you are a great lord. The kind of guy to whom we bow.

I swear if you win Sunday thanks to an imaginary penalty, a wandering hand, a bench not whistled, there will be no problem between us: a ball over the centre through the bar box. And the French who dare to complain, we will condemn him to only drink water, that’ll teach him.

Waiting for the game, I will inquire about obtaining the Celtic nationality. I am even ready to learn your fucking incomprehensible accent.

I start this post on social networks as launching a bottle into the sea: I hope it will reach up to you.

If a good soul could translate it, it will have my eternal gratitude because my English isn’t good enough. At school, I was too busy looking at the girls’ skirts rather than learn my irregular verbs, you will understand me and excuse me.

Have a good game, Irish brother. You can be proud. 

Because the Euro is not over and yet you’ve already won.

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Irish Fans to be awarded medal for sportsmanship by Paris mayor.

The Mayor of Paris has announced she will award the Medal of the City of Paris to Republic of Ireland football fans for their sportsmanship.

According to the French sports newspaper L’Équipe, Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the supporters had been “exemplary in their sportsmanship” and distinguished themselves by the “atmosphere” they created from the start of Euro 2016.

She has written to President Michael D Higgins to tell him of the award (RTE News).

And finally, we can’t ignore the real heroes of Euro2016. The tiny little country called Iceland do not have a professional league. They have never qualified for a major international football competition. Some of their players are part-time post-men. Not only did they progress from their group in Euro2016, they went on to beat England in the knock-out stages. Who knows what will happen next when they meet France….. the world is behind these underdogs, who have a great sense of teamwork and a wonderful connection with their fans. Watch their frightening ‘Huh’ slow clap.

Icelandic team celebrate with the ritual slow thunderclap  the seismic ‘Huh’. Eamon Donoghue described it as ‘Like the oars of a Gokstad ship building up to a battle-like momentum – when the synchronised clap and ‘Huh’ rise to a spine-tingling crescendo – Iceland is inspired and the opposition frozen’ (Irish Times). Donoghue continues: Iceland’s thunder-clap may fit the mould of an old Viking war cry – but it is in fact a celebration with Scottish roots. Inspired by the fans of Motherwell.

What a wonderful Euro 2016 tournament. the brotherhood of football is alive and well. Great football. Great fans. Great sportsmanship.

Post a comment below. Or send us your photos of video clips if you spot sportsmanship in action. We’ll add to this collection.


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4 thoughts on “Euro 2016 New Friends Amongst The Brotherhood of Football”

  1. Yes, the Icelandic team “borrowed” the chant from Motherwell after they played them in a European cup match. Why don’t the Irish rugby team “borrow” it anytime we play the All Blacks ? It’s annoying to have to watch them perform the Haka without being able to make some reply ….

    • Yes Pat, I recall Wales v ABs (2006) in Cardiff when Wales (the hosts) requested to sing their National Anthem after the Haka, The ABs refused.

      The Welsh sanG after the Haka the first time they ever played in 1905 and 100 years later (2005). So why doesn’t this happen all the time? Why should the ABs have the advantage EVERY TIME? Can anyone answer, particularly when the hosts request this most reasonable request?

  2. Paul,

    This is a fantastic site. I am keeping a copy of the book in my classroom library and will be using selected stories during training sessions with my students. Thanks for introducing me to this and take care.

    • Thanks very much Mike – very much appreciated. We also have workbooks for schools and universities to help the stdents engage even more plus story telling sessions for school assemblies that schools absolutely love – well perhaps a tad OTT, but they keep asking us to come back every year and the formal feedback is very very positive. We support schools in Ireland, England, UAE, Palestine and very soon Iceland (seriously). If this is of interest I’ll send you some info as moderator, I have your email. With very best wishes, Paul PS There’s also free posters in the ‘Spread The Moments Section’ .

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