They may not be going to the World Cup but at least Irish fans can look forward to a little revenge in the RDS over the coming days.
The Thierry Henry 'Hand Of God' incident will once again come under the spotlight, this time from Jeremy Clarkson Top Gear team, who, unlike Sepp Blatter, have granted a replay.
Togging out for the Green Army is Richard Hammond and James May will do his cheating best as the French -- and all under the watchful eye of Clarkson.
"It may not be Croke Park, and it may not be the beautiful game, but with the Hamster in our corner against Captain Slow, at least we're in with a chance," said a show insider.
The producers have pulled out all the stops and have flagged the players' cars in the national colours and, presuming we have home advantage, the D4 venue will be a sea of green.
One of the backroom boys even suggested that the lads may, as they often do, go one step further.
"Who knows ... the face of one individual could even end up on the ball," he said, while refusing to rule out John Delaney or Roy Keane.
Whatever the result, organisers have promised a weekend of motoring mayhem, with bigger stunts, better cars and greater thrills.
The Dublin audience will witness Ford's Focus RS changing colour before their very eyes, see constantly burning rally cars, and the world's first indoor loop-the-loop.
Not to be outdone, the infamous STIG will lead a troupe of world record-breaking precision drivers doing crazy manoeuvres.
Rowland French, executive producer of Top Gear Live, says "Our team of world-class engineers and special effects designers have combined to create some incredible cars that are about as far from road legal as you could imagine!
"There's some truly ground-breaking machinery that will keep people on the edge of their seats," he said.
More than 350,000 fans will get to see the the tour.