The Wild Geese hosted their second Social Soccer International veterans tournament - this year there were 16 teams from all over Europe.
In 2013, inspired by the Gathering idea, the Wild Geese organised an International Veteran's Social Football tournament called Social Soccer. The event took place on May 24th/25th on the fabulous grounds of Peamount United in west Dublin. The Wild Geese received support from South Dublin County Council, the Gathering, and also an endorsement from the FAI. The staff of Peamount United also did a fantastic job to help on the day.
To read about last years tournament please go to the Social Soccer site
Assistant Manager Pat Fitzsimons and Manager Mark Cullivan speak to press
The starting lineups for the Wild Geese games against Six-Fours Le Brusc and FC Pastis d'Aubagne were announced today at the Wild Geese training grounds. Manager Mark Cullivan said that he and his assistant Pat Fitzsimons had pondered long and hard about the selections but that they were happy that the strength of the squad allowed a lot of possibilities.
We have prepared well and the whole team have a winning mentality.
This is a first tour for Fitzsimons, but he said he was looking forward to it
Its been a pleasure working with Mark and all the lads. We have been very thorough and have worked extremely hard. We have a good chance out there.
The team leave for France on Thursday. The team versus La Ciotat will be announced on Friday.
Ireland's only International Veteran's tournament returns again on 24th-25th May 2014. Last years event was one of the largest ever events organised by the Wild Geese and 2014 should be just as much fun this year. Once again the Geese plan to host two tournaments with the same teams - an eleven-a-side and a seven-a-side.
For details of this years event please go to the Social Soccer website: www.socialsoccer.ie