Voices of the First Division

tolka park “The fact that it’s eccentric is part of the appeal”. The League of Ireland First Division often struggles for crowds and media attention but it still attracts passionate fans. Paul Cahill’s short film takes in Shelbourne versus Longford Town in the EA Sports Cup and gets the thoughts of Irish football diehards. Continue reading →

First Citizen of Football

higgin The Irish season kicks off with the 2017 President’s Cup this weekend, when League of Ireland champions Dundalk travel to FAI Cup winners Cork City in the curtain-raiser to the domestic campaign. The Irish version of the Community Shield was initiated to honour our football-loving first citizen, Michael D. Higgins. Continue reading →

Barcelona to Oriel: Dundalk’s Catalonia Supporters’ Club

dundalk barcelona Albert Isern and Marc Barrachina both live in Barcelona but had never met. By chance they both took an interest in Irish football just as Stephen Kenny was becoming the saviour of Dundalk FC. Captivated by their story, and impressed with the passion in the League of Ireland, they became fully-fledged Lilywhites fans and have founded the Irish champions’ most unlikely supporters’ club. Continue reading →

New FIFA Needs New Direction

fifa hq From internal scandals to human rights abuses in World Cup hosting countries, the new FIFA is facing critical issues. In interviews with the former General Secretary M. Zen Ruffinen and journalist Jamil Chade, FanVox, a social enterprise empowering fans, asks how willing and able are the new men in charge to improve the tarnished image of global football’s bosses? Continue reading →

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

guinness main Football clubs which were formed from the employees of factories are commonplace around the world with teams like PSV Eindhoven, and Bayer Leverkusen. Ireland, too can, claim its share of such teams including St. James’s Gate from the home of the world-famous Guinness. Cian Manning tells the story of the first ever winners of the League of Ireland. Continue reading →

Hearts of Stone, Football’s Statues

united-trinity A peculiarity of British football, well known to “groundhoppers” and visitors to stadiums, big or small as they are, is that many of them are adorned by statues depicting characters who’ve left indelible marks on the history of the corresponding clubs. Vicenzo Felici profiles some of the sculptures of the major English stadiums. Continue reading →