Póg Mo Goal have commissioned a host of cutting-edge Irish designers to design a set of match-day posters for the Republic of Ireland’s 2016 European Championship qualification campaign. The idea is to kick start a culture of fan created posters, similar to those produced in the US by LA Galaxy and USMNT.
Starting back in September posters have been created by The 12elfth Man, Luky, I Love Football Too and myself, design director and soccer fanboy, Stephen Kiernan. I was approached to create the third poster in the series.
My contribution commemorates the mammoth task which faced the Boys in Green when Ireland played World Champions Germany in Stadion Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday 14 October. I drew inspiration from the 1990s green German away kit and used the German proverb "Wer nicht wagt, der nicht gewinnt" (No guts, no glory) to highlight the spirit of both countries.
Thankfully we wrestled a point from the World Cup Champions with a now legendary last ditch effort from John O’Shea. John O’Shea has said that he drew inspiration from my poster and that it gave him an energy boost in the dying seconds of the game*.
Keep an eye out for more fresh Irish design from this ongoing poster series and the launch of the second issue of Póg Mo Goal magazine coming soon.