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Ronaldo and Portugal Rout Ireland

ronaldo mcclean World-Cup bound Portugal dished out a 5-1 drubbing to a weakened Irish team in New York as Martin O’Neill suffered his heaviest defeat. Cristiano Ronaldo’s side were too much for a defence in disarray, missing first choice regulars with James McClean pulling one back to sign off Ireland’s end-of-season tour. Portugal, ranked fourth in the world, move on to Brazil. Continue reading →

Indoor Football

Unbenannt David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane take on Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura, who seem more interested in a video game than the beautiful game, and school them, turning Beckingham Palace into their own personal football pitch. Continue reading →

Marco on Marco

reus puma Marco Reus says Germany can bring that famous trophy back this summer. Interviewing himself, Reus talks about the group of death, confirms Germany’s unshakable belief in themselves and offers his opinion on who will win the World Cup this year. Continue reading →

YBIG Football Show

ybig crop On the YBIG Football Show this week, Dave O’Grady looks at the major news of Roy Keane’s decision to turn down the Celtic job in favour of his current role, and tables a discussion on Ireland’s impressive display against Italy ahead of our two games in the USA. Continue reading →

Sergio on Sergio

aguero puma Sergio Agüero believes he can win the Golden Boot this summer. Find out about his first memories of the World Cup and how the sensational striker can be stopped on the pitch, when Sergio talks to Sergio. Continue reading →

Cesc on Cesc

fabregas puma Cesc Fàbregas believes the Spanish national team can repeat its success from 2010. How does a team get over a first match defeat, what other opponents are to be looked out for and why is Spain not scared to face Brazil? Find out and see the most intimate interview Cesc has ever given as he interviews himself. Continue reading →

F#ck FIFA, Brazil’s Graffiti Messages

FuckFiFa3 We’re unlikely to see marches on the same scale as last year’s Confederations Cup though violent demonstrations have been increasing in Brazil in recent weeks. But a more peaceful form of protest is still as noticeable – and perhaps just as powerful – throughout the World Cup host nation brought about by Brazil’s graffiti artists. Continue reading →

Mario on Mario

balotelli puma What happens when Mario Balotelli has to face himself for an interview? Find out why Mario has always believed in himself, where he watched Italy win the tournament in 2006 and who is the coolest guy in the Azzuri squad. Continue reading →

ESPN World Cup Posters

Argentina - Imgur crop ESPN have released a series of illustrations for all participating nations at the FIFA World Cup. The 33 posters were created by Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueria in collaboration with Wieden + Kennedy, New York, featuring star players from each of the teams pictured in goal celebration mode. Continue reading →

Highlights: Ireland Beaten by Turkey

ireland v turkey Martin O’Neill’s Ireland slumped to a second consecutive defeat at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Turkey went 2-0 up with Jon Walters replying for the home side. The new manager has a further three post-season games but the Derryman is beginning to realise how much work is needed ahead of the 2016 qualifiers. Continue reading →

New Umbro Ireland Home Kit

jon_walters,_paula_brady,_david_meyler,_shane_long[1] The new Umbro Irish home kit is now available to buy. First worn worn in the friendly with Turkey and themed ‘Green to the Core,’ the new home jersey and team kit is almost entirely green with the exception of a white collar and white turnover on the classic green socks. Continue reading →

The YBIG Football Show

ybig crop On the YBIG Football Show this week, Dave O’Grady speaks to Dundalk defender Andy Boyle. He also catches up with YBIG’s Liam Murray about the Irish fans who took on the Northern Ireland fans in East Belfast and three Irish soccer journalists debate the Irish team ahead of Sunday’s friendly with Turkey. Continue reading →

Searching for Toto

Schillaci They’re not in Kansas anymore. Four football fans from Portsmouth are hoping to produce their own documentary travelling throughout Italy in search of Toto Schillaci, the man who finished top scorer at the 1990 World Cup and broke Irish hearts in the process. Continue reading →

Coleman and Reid Prove We Can Play Ball

Pic:  Billy Galligan/amanwithhiscamera.com With the season almost over, all eyes will turn to the World Cup in Brazil. Of course, Ireland won’t be there and the selection of Seamus Coleman and Andy Reid in their respective teams of the year is yet another indictment of Giovanni Trapattoni’s philosophy as Irish manager. They also make a mockery of the argument that we don’t have ball-players. Continue reading →

Maracana History Repeating Itself

Maracana brazil series The Brazil Series, a collection of articles inspired by the world’s greatest footballing cradle, Póg Mo Goal looks at the storied past of the iconic ground that holds a special place in the heart of all Brazilians. It’s ironic that the reopening of Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium with Brazil vs England was overshadowed by accusations that the venue wasn’t ready. It’s merely a case of history repeating itself. Continue reading →

Top 5 World Cup Golden Boot Hopefuls

41a5ae5bb26b1dd55d5549f9b23f99b0 The World Cup kicks off in less than two months, at which point the eyes of the world will be on the action in Brazil. Right now there are a handful of heavy favourites to hoist the trophy-Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and the defending champions Spain-followed by a large pack of major underdogs of varying intrigue. While it seems inevitable that one of those favoured teams will win the tournament (since 1970 only those four countries, France, and Italy have won the competition), less certain is the identity of the Golden Boot winner. Continue reading →