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IrelandWarren Little/Getty ImagesIreland supporters sing their national anthem ahead of a game in 2007.
UEFA Euro 2012, one of soccer's top international competitions, kicks off June 8. In anticipation of this eagerly awaited event, Playbook is teaming up with ESPN FC to offer sights and other delights from each participating nation.

Ireland fans have reason to sing in 2012: It's the nation's first Euro since 1988.

And sing these Irish fans are doing, producing a vast selection of unofficial Euro (and one official) anthems and videos to send their boys off to Poland and Ukraine.

Here's a small sample; if we posted them all, music-hungry fans might miss Ireland's first match.

"The Rocky Road to Poland" -- Ireland's official tune, written by "Ray D'Arcy Show" listeners and recorded by Damien Dempsey, Bressie, Danny O'Reilly (Coronas) and The Dubliners (John Sheehan, Barney McKenna, Eamonn Campbell, Patsy Watchorn; they recorded the song on which this is based, "The Rocky Road to Dublin").

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Wale helps Nike unveil new NFL jerseys

April, 30, 2012
At midnight Thursday (well, technically Friday), Nike unveiled its NFL "Game" and "Elite" jerseys at Niketown New York, with players Ndamukong Suh, Victor Cruz, Dwayne Bowe and LeSean McCoy on hand, with artists Wale and Ace Hood providing entertainment.

Here's a picture of Wale performing while wearing a Brian Orakpo jersey. You can check out more pictures and get other information here.