Hand of History

paris1 The Irish camp is keen to dimiss it but for the French, it’s on everyone’s lips. We’re revisiting an extract from French Football Weekly’s Jeremy Smith’s interview with Phillipe Auclair, author of Thierry Henry: Lonely At The Top. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Henry is a divisive figure in French football. Perceived as aloof, an adversary of Zidane, and the apparent leader of a shameful strike at the 2010 World Cup, we look at the Frenchman’s standing in history, and that night in Paris. Continue reading →

Goolbridge

GoolbridgeCover Goolbridge is an amazing new football t-shirt brand from Spanish illustrator Jorge Lawerta. With designs featuring the unique style of the Valencia artist it is one for true football culture fans. Continue reading →

He is Zlatan

zlatanA Ireland will open their Euro 2016 campaign against Sweden in the Stade de France on June 13. All eyes will be on their mercurial frontman, the main threat we must snuff out. Reposting from Póg Mo Goal magazine #1, He is Zlatan. Continue reading →

From Russia with a Point

dunne With the European Championship in France approaching ever faster, Adam Murphy takes a look back at one of the best individual performances seen in a green shirt in recent times. It didn’t come in a major tournament, however, rather a cold September evening in Moscow in the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Continue reading →

Repost: Big Jack’s Russian Spy

STUTTGART - JUNE12: Republic of Ireland's Tony Galvin (C) skips past the challenge of  England's Glenn Hoddle (l) and Gary Stevens during the European Championships match between England and Republic of Ireland on June 12, 1988 in Stuttgart, West Germany. (Photo by Allsport/Getty Images) The countdown is on to Euro 2016. We look back at the Republic of Ireland’s draw with USSR in 1988, considered among our best ever displays and one man in green had an inside line on the opposition. Tony Galvin studied Russian at university and shocked the Soviets by conversing with them in the warm-up before his teammates shocked them on the pitch in a game we should have won against the eventual finalists. Continue reading →

Andriy’s Final Farewell

Andriy_Shevchenko_goal_celebration_Euro_2012_vs_Sweden It’s hard to believe that it has been almost four years since Euro 2012, a tournament that delivered its fair share of drama and memorable moments. One of these, writes Adam Murphy, was the brace from Andriy Shevchenko that saw his Ukraine side beat Sweden in their opening group game. Continue reading →